December 15, 2017
Here is how...

The Academy provides a unique opportunity for students and families to be active members in the way our school develops and grows.

As 8th grade families apply to high schools, I encourage you to share the Academy! Here are three ways that you can help:

  1. Send an email to your 8th grade friends discussing the Academy. Click here for a sample social media post and email.
  2. Share the Academy website, Facebook page, or an event.
  3. Host a neighborhood meeting led by one of our directors in your home. Please email if you are interested.

The Academy is unlike any other school in the area. We provide an innovative, project-based, FREE, high school experience in a community-based environment. We want to make sure area families are aware of this opportunity.

Your voice has a big impact on our community. Each person you speak to has the opportunity to create a ripple effect in the Academy's exposure. Thank you for being an active member in supporting and growing our school community!
We are going paperless! We will have one more progress report before the end of the semester which will be emailed to each family by December 21st, in English and in Espanol. Please inform the office if you would like to have report cards mailed home. Grades are also available for viewing on Illuminate's parent/student portal. 

The Academy sends grades and comments through a report card after the end of each semester. Fall semester ends on January 26th. 

Teachers base grades on a variety of assessments and seek ways for every student to demonstrate skills and understanding. Teacher comments describe student accomplishments and offer guidance in the areas that need improvement. Academic performance is evaluated on an A, B, C, D, Not Proficient (Not Yet) scale with pluses and minuses. While students will be updated on their progress at the end of each semester, the official grade of record for the transcript is what appears on the Fall and Spring semester report cards. If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Instruction, Dr. Armine Movsisyan.
NY stands for Not Yet Proficient.

Why does the Academy use Not Yet (NY) instead of Fail (F)?

The Academy values a Growth Mindset , even in how we approach grading. Our teachers make three general decisions when teaching: what to teach (the content), how are students going to learn (directed at student engagement), and finally, the why of teaching. The why is important not only in the short term, but in the long term. In the short term, our teachers help students make inter-disciplinary and real-world connections to what the students are learning. In the long term, teachers want students to understand and continue to make connections as they continue to learn.

Carol Dweck, a primary researcher in motivation, personality, and development, talks about “growth mindset " — the idea that we can grow our capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this  TED talk, Dweck describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard to solve. "Are we not smart enough to solve it … or have we just not solved it yet?” 

"If you get a failing grade, you think, I'm nothing, I'm nowhere. But if you get the grade "Not Yet" you understand you are on a learning curve. ... It gives you a different path to the future."

We are all on our own path of discovery and understanding. Our formal assessments reflect our commitment to, and belief in, our students' ability to grow and succeed. We all learn differently, and at different paces; "not yet" emphasizes our commitment to the collaborative process of each students' learning.
Our students are passionate about a diverse collection of topics, and they share their interests with the school community. For example, a group of Academy students have been steadily collaborating on a fiction novel called, The Unstoppables. The novel currently has four chapters and will increase to thirty chapters when the novel is complete.

Synopsis of The Unstoppables
The Unstoppables is about a group of kids who come face to face with evil. At first, they are 'normal' or as normal as normal could be. One day after the winter formal dance at IVA high school, Vee and Ashley encounter two mysterious broadening boys who work for Bluejay, an evil villain. They soon learn they are descendants of the 4 elements fire, water, earth, and air. With a quick turn of events, The elements have to fight an unknown evil that's sure to be brought to the light. With the help of Jackie, a divine seer, they'll be able to take control of the wild cards of life they are given. 

Stay tuned for more information on student projects. If you are an Academy student working on a passion-driven project outside of school, let us know here! We want to celebrate your passion and progress!

Also, keep a lookout for more information on the Academy's formularize passion-driven course, Innovation Lab, as it rolls out in the second semester.

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Wed., Dec. 20 at 9:10 a.m.

Fri., Dec. 22 at 8:30 a.m.
Community Breakfast Potluck during Advisory

Fri., Dec. 22 at 1:57 p.m.
Minimum Day

Mon., Dec. 25- Fri., Jan. 5
No School
Winter Break

Wed., Jan. 10 at 7 p.m.

Tues., Jan. 16 at 10 a.m.
Coffee in the Cove

Sat., Jan. 20 at 9 a.m.

Sat., Feb. 3 at 10 a.m.

Thrs., Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Public Lottery

Athletic and extracurricular clubs are starting to meet for the winter trimester. Sign-ups are located on the table near the Commons.


As you know, the window for LBUSD high school registration closed at the end of December. The Academy is not one of the choices you will find on ParentVue . We have a separate application process.

Applying to the Academy does not affect the CHOICE application, it provides students with another option.

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!
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).