September 1, 2017
Mr. James McGrath

Welcome Triton Families,

It is exciting to come off such a successful first year, and welcome another class of Tritons into our family. As we embark on our second year, we look forward to preparing our students for college and the workforce. More now than ever, the “hard” skills that employers demand now, are not the same skills that will be needed 20, or even 10 years, down the road. Jobs disappear or drastically change. What is needed, we are repeatedly told from the Googles and UCLAs of the world, are the “soft” skills that are transferred no matter what career is chosen, soft skills such as open-mindedness, humility, and critical thinking.

I can think of no better place to have our students challenged and engaged in thinking than our community. Our small classes and culture of care provide the safe space for students to think outside the box, get to know themselves, and receive the support needed to overcome whatever challenge comes their way. Our students can be themselves, and there are few limits when they challenge their authentic selves to new heights.

This is your community too! Get to know other parents, be involved with our events and after-school sports/extracurriculars. There is so much to our community. We can find strength in sharing our experiences and interests with each other, and others in your community.

I look forward to meeting you at Back to School Night next Thursday.


James McGrath
Founding Director 

Follow AcademyLBHS

  • school doors open at 7:30 a.m. and school begins at 8:15 a.m.
  • school ends at 3:27 p.m., except on Thursday, which ends at 1:57 p.m. The Academy closes at 5:30 p.m. Mon., Tues., and Wed., and 4:30 p.m. on Thurs. and Fri.
  • students can purchase breakfast tickets for $1.50 and lunch tickets for $3.00. For more information on the nutrition program, contact Mrs. Day
  • student schedules can be viewed on Illuminate
  • questions about schedules can be directed to the Director of Student Services, Mrs. Sanders
  • our dress code can be found here
  • our daily block schedule can be found here
  • view the Student Family Handbook here
  • please bring a change of clothes for PE by next Wednesday
  • students can purchase P.E. uniforms for $20; order forms are in the front office
  • spirit wear is available for purchase at $12 for one option or $30 for three. cash or check is accepted.
  • join us for Back to School night on September 7 at 6:30 p.m.

We are excited to welcome you to a new school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at or 562.283.4456.

The Academy prioritizes relationships as essential to a supportive learning environment. In addition to building a positive classroom culture, we set aside time, once a month to celebrate the learning that is happening at the Academy, as a community. Students and teachers take turns highlighting the thinking and learning taking place in their classrooms and embrace the authentic platform to develop their presentation skills. Students develop their voice, and are given the opportunity to listen to the diverse perspectives of their classmates.
Community meetings follow the Developmental Designs advisory protocol and include a greeting, a share, a group activity, and announcements. We also take time to celebrate community members who have demonstrated at least one of the virtues, and acknowledge birthdays. Community meetings may feature poetry slams, dance and music performances, thought experiments, dramatic re-enactments, and more. 

To learn more about Advisory click here
  • Back to School Night!
  • Upcoming info. events for interested 8th grade students

Sept. 7, 6:30-8 p.m.  - Back to School Night 

Sept. 11, 3:45-4:45 p.m .- Cross Country begins

Sept. 12, 3:45-5:15 p.m. - Theater Club starts

Sept. 13, 8:30 a.m. - Coffee in the Cove

Sept. 13, 2:15-3:45 p.m .- Cross Country practice

Sept. 13, 2:15-4:15 p.m. - Theater Club

Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 - Student Photos

Sept. 18, 3:45-4:45 p.m. - Cultural Drumming

Sept. 28, 3:45-5:15 p.m. - Intro to Robotics begins
Ask questions!
Think outside the box! 
Intellectual Courage
Take risks! 

Intellectual Attentiveness
Look and listen!
Intellectual Carefulness
Avoid errors!
Intellectual Thoroughness
Go deep! 

Intellectual Autonomy
Think for yourself!
Intellectual Humility
Admit what you don't
Intellectual Tenacity
Embrace struggle !
It's not too late to choose the Academy for the 2017-18 school year! We have a few additional spaces in 9th and 10th grade for this year. As a community-based high school, the ACADEMY values looking to current constituents to help grow the school community. 

If you are a member of a church, sports team, community organization or program, please notify your social network of the ACADEMY as a high school option.  This is a good opportunity for any friends to join the ACADEMY!

For those interested, the first step is to complete an  online application . Feel free to share the ACADEMY'S  Facebook page  for more information or contact Crystal Day at 562.283.4456. 
Intellectual Virtues Academy, A Long Beach Public High School 
1637 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, California 90813
562.283.4456 |
The Intellectual Virtues Academy is a public Long Beach high school, open to all students, authorized by Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE).