August 8, 2017
Welcome to Intellectual Virtues Academy, A Long Beach Public High School! We hope that you have been enjoying your summer vacation. We are excited to welcome you to the campus in a few weeks in order to kick off an exceptional year.

To assist you in connecting with the school on pertinent information, you will receive newsletters on a regular basis. The newsletter will be your central place for information on calendar updates, school announcements, friendly reminders, photo spotlights, and instructional highlights on the intellectual virtues educational model. If you have any questions that are not addressed in a newsletter, please reach out to us by calling the main school number, 562.283.4456, or via email, 

As an Academy family, your contribution cannot be overstated. Our goal is to provide the highest quality education to our students. As a collaborative team, we seek to foster the intellectual virtues in our students, staff, and community in a thoughtful, challenging, and supportive academic environment. 

You are an important part of this process. 

Welcome to the Academy!
ACADEMY BEACH DAY: Friday, August 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join the Academy for a fun beach day! Connect with current Academy students and incoming Academy students. 

Who: Current, incoming, and interested families are warmly welcome! 
What: Academy Beach Day
When: Friday, August 17 from 1-3 p.m.
Where: 1 Granada Avenue, near Rosie's Dog Beach. Look for the Academy flag and a white canopy to find us! 

RSVP on our Facebook event here (and tag a friend to join you!)

The Academy Student Ambassadors are a small group of students dedicated to the positive promotion of the school. The group will work on a volunteer basis to serve as liaisons between the current Academy community and prospective students. This is a leadership role which includes many rewards.

If you are interested in joining the A-Team and are not already an ambassador, please email Mrs. Day for more information.

CURRENT AMBASSADORS: To start off the school year, please join us for a Student Ambassador Training Session on Saturday, August 25 from either 10 a.m. to noon at the Academy. Email Mrs. Day with your RSVP.

INTERESTED AMBASSADORS: For new students or current Academy students who are interested in becoming an ambassador, we will have another Student Ambassador Training Session on Saturday, September 15.

The Academy provides a Google Chromebook for each student. Although most Academy textbooks and handouts are electronic, some hardcopy books and materials will be provided to students as well. The Academy asks that you treat materials with care, so that they will last for many years.

To help make our school materials last, we ask for each student to come prepared with their own supplies:

  • Writing utensils
  • Pencils (if mechanical, have extra lead.)
  • Ballpoint pens (black or blue ink)
  • Pink eraser
  • Pencil sharpener (hand-held with a top)
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper (college ruled)
  • One 1.5”-2” three-ring binder, tabbed binder dividers 
  • College ruled composition notebooks for each of your four core subjects 

The Academy has adopted the following general guidelines to enhance student achievement, create a safe and distraction-free learning environment, foster school pride, and operate free from hazard or threat to students’ health, safety, and general welfare.

Clothing may not disrupt the learning environment. A student's dress and general appearance should not be so extreme that it draws attention to the student, nor should dress and appearance detract or interfere with the teaching and learning in the classroom.

School appropriate means: Safe, respectful, and conducive to learning. No sexually related, gang, weapons, alcohol, or any drug references on any item of clothing.

  • Pants, shorts, dresses, and skirts, must be free of logos and words, worn at a school appropriate length (where fingertips lay with arms by the side).
  • Jeans can only be worn without rips/slashes/or tears.
  • Pajama bottoms can only be worn on the designated spirit days.
  • Leggings can only be worn under other garments.

  • Shirts must be free of logos and words; exceptions include Academy, IVA, or collegial shirts.
  • Student cannot barre mid-drifts.
  • Tank tops must have straps at least 3 inches wide.

  • Jackets/sweaters must be appropriate for school.

  • Hats can be worn before, after school, and during breaks.
  • They must be taken off within the classroom. Beanies are okay.
  • No hoods over head at any time while on campus.

For questions on the dress code, please email Crystal Day or call the front office at 562.283.4456. 
The Academy is currently enrolling students for the 2018-19 school year.
We have limited spaces available in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. Interested families can start the enrollment process by completing an  online application. After the application has been received, you will receive an email with next steps. For more information, contact Crystal Day at 562.283.4456.

CHANGE IN ENROLLMENT- We understand life circumstances change. To help us anticipate any additional spaces available for the upcoming year, please let us know if you Academy student will not be returning by emailing Mrs. Day. or Mrs. Sanders.
  • Announcing our new community members;
  • More information on class schedules;
  • Academic and Extracurricular offerings;
  • and New Student Orientation information

August 16 at 6 p.m.

August 17 from 1-3 p.m.

August 25
10 a.m. to noon
Academy Student Ambassador Training

August 27 and 28,
8:15 a.m.-1:57 p.m.

August 27 at 8 a.m.
New Parent Orientation
(morning option)

August 28 at 7 p.m.
New Parent Orientation
(evening option)

August 29
8:15 a.m. 3:30 p.m.-
First Day of School!

Sept. 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. 
Back to School Night 

Week of Sept. 17
Extracurricular Activities Begin

Sept. 19 at 8:15 a.m.
The school doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and class will begin at 8:15 a.m. The school day ends at 3:30 p.m., except on Thursday, which ends at 1:59 p.m. The Academy closes at 5:30 p.m. Mon., Tues., and Wed., and 4:30 p.m. on Thurs. and Fri.


  • 9th Grade and transfer students- Individual schedules will be issued during New Student Orientation. Look for more information in the next newsletter.
  • 10th and 11th Grade- Individual schedules will be emailed to your Academy email address before the first day of school. Parents will also be able to see schedules using Parent Portal in Illuminate. 
As a small, community-based school, we thrive on parent participation. We are looking for parents/guardians interested in forming our Family Alliance for the 2018-2019 school year. We are very interested in partnering with you to make key decisions about school programs. 

Participation includes but not limited to:

  • Family Alliance Association Leaders
  • Chaperones
  • Event Helpers
  • Creative Makers and Thinkers
  • Parent/Guardians To Be Included On Our Hiring Panel
  • Athletic Groupies for Carpooling
  • Landscaping 
  • ...and More!

Email Summer Sanders if you are interested in volunteering! 
  • Curiosity
  • Ask questions!
  • Open-mindedness
  • 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 know! 
  • 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).