Dear Academy Community: Our student-led conferences have been inspiring, thoughtful, and engaging. Learn more about our process, and read examples from student reflection letters below. Our NEW website is live! Also, start thinking of how you can participate in the Academy Virtueween on Oct 31st.
Academy High School will be at the Westerly High School Decision Fair= Oct 20th
Open House= Tuesday, Oct 25th 6 p.m.
Virtueween= Oct 31st
Board Meeting= Wednesday, Nov 2nd, 7 p.m.
No School, Veteran's Day= Nov 11
End of 1st Quarter= Nov 18th.
We have completed 87% of our student-led conferences! Thank you for respecting your appointment times. We have had 100% attendance. INCREDIBLE!
We align the conference process with our mission: to foster student's growth in the intellectual virtues in a thoughtful, challenging, and supportive academic environment. We believe partnering with our Academy families, collaboratively and holistically guides our students towards success.
Every Academy student is given the opportunity to take the lead, and speak their truth, while demonstrating intellectual courage and thoroughness. It has been extremely inspiring to witness students reflect on their high school experience thus far, what struggles they have faced, and where they have grown. Students thoughtfully connect their experiences to the virtues, deepening their understanding of their own thinking and learning. Finally, conference reflections end with appreciations.
Here are examples of student reflection letters from five different students:
"The class i feel most successful in is logic... the days I leave that class I feel positive and upbeat about everything that we learned."
"My favorite project this year would have to be the song project, where I had to defend why the song I chose is the best. I am very passionate about music and love talking about it. I had to use attentiveness to complete this project to point out details from the song that support why I like it.
The class l’m struggling with is Algebra... I have to use tenacity in this class because it’s easy to give up but I have to keep going. Although this class is hard, I appreciate the challenge."
"The students and teachers make me feel like I belong... they don’t put me down or say I’m weird or nerdy. The teachers also want the best of me. They push me harder and they know my strengths and weaknesses."
"My relationships at this school are great because I can sit with really anybody at lunch, or during the day, and they won’t ask me any questions about why."
"Im almost done but, it's important to show gratitude. So, I appreciate you mom, for always keeping me going and never giving up on me even though sometimes I (may seem) hopeless. I know I don't say it enough...but thank you for not giving up on me and being a cool mom."
Intellectual Courage: A readiness to persist in thinking or communicating in the face of fear, including fear of embarrassment or failure. Slogan: Take risks!
Our NEW website launched Monday! Check out all of our updated information.
Students expressed a desire to carry forth the IVA tradition of Virtueween, however, the Academy has added a high school twist.
Students are allowed to wear costumes of their choice on Monday, October 31st, however they must be able to present on the virtue the costume encompasses.
At the end of the day, we will have a celebration of the Virtues in Action, while dancing and snacking as a community. Families are encouraged to bring items for an end-of-day pot luck in our backyard.
*If a costume is determined to be inappropriate, students will be asked to change into PE clothes. Any props or masks will be held in the office until after school for safety reasons.
TIP FOR SUCCESS Please be sure students get a full night's rest on the 31st and come to school on time the morning of Nov 1st.
Come Visit Us! The LBUSD High School Choice process is beginning for 8th grade students, however the Academy enrollment is a separate process. If you are interested in attending the Academy, please call 562.283.4456, schedule a tour, or attend an Open House event to receive more information.
All students who would like to enroll in the Academy must submit an application and complete a registration packet.