Get a sneak peak of our developing high school by viewing the "before" pictures (below), and by visiting the Academy site! Learn more about our Founding Director James McGrath, our vision guide, and about the Google Chromebook every Academy student will be issued for each school year.
Our July 28th tour will be held at 3601 Linden Ave. at 6:30 p.m. Call 562.283.4456 or contact Crystal Day to RSVP.
We have been working closely with Environ Architecture Inc., an architectural firm who designs educational institutions k-12 and local universities. Enviorn's "vision is to create timeless designs that inspire and enlighten all who encounter them."
Our founding team has been reviewing interior and exterior design plans, ordering furniture, and getting the high school ready for you!
OPEN HOUSE - August 25th at 6 p.m. STUDENT ORIENTATIONS - August 29th & 30th from 7:50 a.m.-2:58 p.m. FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - August 31st
>>> SEEING IS BELIEVING! <<<
Come explore the Academy school site before school beings! Join us as the vision becomes a reality. Tours are scheduled for Tuesday, August 16 at 9 a.m. and Thursday,August 18 at 6:30 p.m. at 1637 Long Beach Blvd.
**Save the date: Open house on August 25 at 6 p.m.**
MEET OUR FOUNDING DIRECTOR
James J. McGrath, J.D., M.A. is an accomplished attorney, high school teacher, charter school board member and college faculty member who serves as the Academy’s Founding Director. Prior to joining the Academy full-time in August 2015, he practiced law with a prominent international law firm. He also has served as an Officer on the Board of Directors of Bright Star Schools, a small network of high-performing charter schools in Los Angeles.
Before law school, James was a philosophy professor at Long Beach City College. He also taught and coached high school mathematics and baseball. He earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy from U.C. Berkeley, a Master’s in the Philosophy of Education at U.C. Irvine, and was class president at UCLA School of Law.
"I’ve been driven by a vision that education should be guided and run by the very best teachers with the very best teaching approach research as to offer. Imagine my delight to discover "the IVA way" in 2013 listening to the radio about a small middle school in Long Beach, doing what I had researched and taught years ago at the college and graduate level!
Now that the mission has expanded to include a high school this year, it has been most rewarding to be given the role of Founding Director, re-experiencing that first excitement of discovery with the hundreds of faculty applicants from across the world who sought to join our founding team. In fact, every applicant who we deemed to be the best fit for each position accepted our offer.
Next week, our team will begin their training on the very personal, engaging, rigorous, and thought enriching qualities of an intellectual virtue model education. I enthusiastically await the opening of our doors on August 29th in order to share with your teenager, and with the Long Beach community, this transformative educational approach." - James McGrath
T#INK- GOOGLE CHROMEBOOK
Introducing the basis of our T#hink Technology Program - The ASUS Chromebook Flip C100 for each and every student!
A touchscreen Chromebook
360-degree hinge that enables it to function in a variety of modes instantly from a Chromebook to a tablet — or anything in between!
There's a spacious touchpad for intuitive multi-touch gesture control
9 hours of battery life
Complete access to Google Education, Docs, Google Classroom for a “mostly” paperless classroom
Virtue #9. TENACITY
Intellectual tenacity: a willingness to embrace intellectual challenge and struggle. Keeps its “eyes on the prize” and doesn’t give up. Slogan: Embrace struggle!
The Academy is continuing to accept applications on a rolling basis. There are available spots for interested students. All students who would like to enroll in the Academy must submit an application and complete a registration packet.
WE NEED YOUR ENROLLMENT PAPERWORK! If you have received a registration packet, be sure to submit all of your paperwork to 3601 Linden Ave to solidify your enrollment.
Office hours: Monday- Friday 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Click below or send an application c/o ACADEMY to 3601 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807 to receive your registration materials.