Supportive, Thoughtful, Challenging
Dear Academy Community:
Learn more about how to empower your student to be an academic activist! Come witness the competitive fun generated during the Staff vs. Student basketball game today at 3:30 p.m. Support the greater community through our canned food drive. Learn how our students are engaging with the health standards in a way that is meaningful to them. 

Our theatre class will be performing a few skits, songs, and improv games on Thursday, Dec 21st from 3:30-4:45 p.m for our school community. Parents and family members are welcome to attend. Leadership will be selling pizza and drinks for our school fundraiser. All money earned will be used towards the 9th grade formal dance.

Please take note of our upcoming dates:

December 17: Restorative Academics- Saturday Learning
December 15: Staff VS. Students Basketball Game 3:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
December 21: Theatre Performance 3:30-4:35 p.m.
December 23: MINIMUM DAY (1:18 pm)
December 26-30: NO SCHOOL- Winter Break
January 2-6: NO SCHOOL- Winter Break
January 9: First day of 2nd Semester
January 16: NO SCHOOL


Supporting Your Child's Learning

Family Guide to Supporting Your Child

We provide a supportive academic environment in many ways, especially through growth mindsets. By being optimistic about the potential for personal growth, we embrace challenges and regard failure as an opportunity to learn and improve. It is the Academy’s goal to provide good communication with parents via newsletters, website, Illuminate, Facebook, and Instagram. Please come in and talk with your child’s teacher or any of our administration to partner with us in supporting your child. The Academy will communicate regularly through biweekly newsletters and will post relevant information on the website. Please keep contact information up-to-date to facilitate effective communication.


GRADES: Illuminate (logins have been provided)


We are a digital school and communicate most frequently using this platform. If you would like to request paper copies to be mailed home, please visit the Front Office.

Empower Your Child to be an Academic Activist

We do not shelter students from academic challenge, but equip them to utilize resources in order to learn, supporting them in embracing the struggle. We encourage students to respectfully Speak their Truth and Go To The Source if they have a question, concern, or idea. 

Help empower your student to follow these steps:

1st Step: Encourage your student to meet with teachers during or after school.

  • Come prepared with questions and/or assignments to work on- for extra accountability.
  • Encourage your child to stay after school for study hall.

2nd Step: Access Resources at Home

  • Google Classroom- Teachers use this to communicate changes to assignments, post pictures of class notes, provide quick feedback on assignments, for posting additional resources used during class, as well as posting resources for further exploration. Students also upload their assignments here to "turn it in". Students log in with their academy email address. Ask your student to show you this interactive online platform.
  • Illuminate- Teachers use Illuminate to post graded assignments. Students should check this often to check their grades, see if they need to make up any assignments, or make sure an assignment was turned in for the teachers to grade.
  • Light Sail: Students are able to access an online library of books set at their targeted level. Students are expected to read a minimum of 30 minutes a day to steadily improve their reading level.
  • Guiding Questions: Check out the Resource section on our website. There are guiding questions to help support your child's home learning. These questions can be particular helpful in guiding students through their Algebra POW completion.

3rd Step: Connect with Teacher/Advisors, or the Directors

  • Email teacher/advisor to practice our values of asking questions, seeking understanding, and striving for a strong sense of community marked by intentional openness and respect for others. Students can copy parents and advisors on communication.
  • Request a student, parent, teacher conference: It helps to involve the students and teacher voice at the same time.
  • To make up assignments during our Restorative Academics sessions Saturday mornings, please contact Dr. Tubbs, Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
On Thursday, Dec. 15th, the staff is going to take on the students for our first Students vs. Staff Basketball game.

Location: Boys and Girls Club 1950 Lemon Ave.
Time: 3:30 pm. 

Our front office will be closed at 3:15 pm on Dec 15th so we can all enjoy the game.

Here is Day'Lauwn looking sharp in our new TRITON jersey!
We are a supportive community.
The Academy will be hosting a Food Drive from Dec 12th - Dec 23rd to help the nonprofit organization Help Me Help You.  Their weekly food pantry provides nutritious food to homeless and low income families and individuals, including seniors, veterans, and others. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in our community. I encourage every family to join us in our efforts.

The advisory that brings the most cans will receive a special lunch to honor helping our greater community. Let's see how, as a school, we can work together to help others.
In PE/Health class we started a health unit on the physical/social/and emotional changes that adolescents go through.  We had an engaging conversation, making our thinking visible by using the thinking routine Compass.  The students identified their Excitements, Worries and Needs regarding the changes adolescents go through, and the Steps they will need to take in order to move through these changes.  Even though we established a safe environment to be authentic, students took risks, using Intellectual Thoroughness to go deep, and not settling for surface-level answers.  They also used Curiosity by allowing themselves to wonder and ponder the changes they have started going through, and are about to go through.  Here are some of their statements:

"I am excited about taking care of myself."

"...I am excited about getting more responsibilities and privileges."

"I am worried about falling in love."

"I am worried about money constraints."

"I am worried about not getting facial hair."

“Yeah, I related to his worries. If I don’t get facial hair, I’m going to look like a little baby!”

“I need to know how to let go of all of the bad people in my life."

“I need to know how to never give up.”

“I need to know why girls are emotional in teenage years."

“I need to learn how to trust people.”

“I need to know how to get to college.”

“I need more time.”

"I need positive thoughts. Positive thoughts make a positive life."

"The steps I need are practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice..."

I am looking forward to teaching a rigorous and inclusive health education program in accordance with the CA Healthy Youth Act using the curriculum More Than Sex-Ed. Attached you will find a letter about the curriculum with their website. The company will be training myself and two of our Directors with a comprehensive, inclusive and fact-based curriculum. I am very enthusiastic about empowering our students to maintain a healthy life-style.

Michelle Earley
All students who would like to enroll in the Academy must submit an application and complete a registration packet.

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Thursday 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

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James McGrath- Founding Director. 
Summer Sanders- Director of Student Services. 
Mickie Tubbs- Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
Crystal Day- Outreach Coordinator.
Derrick Allums- English, Writing Lab, Advisor.
Peter Deeble- Algebra 1/1H/2.
Michelle Earley- PE, Operations Officer, Advisor.
Julie Lee- Special Education Teacher/Intervention Specialist. 
Adam Rodriguez- Teacher Partner for Physics CP/H
Dustin Schmidt- Humanities, Advisor.

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