Indulge Your Curiosity
Dear Community Members, Prospective Students and Families: 
The Academy has some very exciting news to report this week.

We received a sizable grant,  
hosted a registration event, chose a mascot, hired our founding PE Teacher, received over 50 applications in one month, have been seen all over Long Beach building community, and moved into final negotiations with our school site location. In this issue, we also highlight our math program.

Keep reading to learn more. 
$375,000 GRANT AWARDED  
The Academy was recently notified by the California Department of Education that it will receive hundreds of thousands of dollars under the Public Charter School Grant Program (PCSGP).  The grant program is merit-based, and particularly competitive this year since the program will be soon defunded.  Less than half of the charter schools who applied this year scored high enough to qualify.

The Academy was the recipient of a $2 million grant last summer from the John Templeton Foundation (JTF) to build a first-in-its-class intellectual virtue model educational program.  The PCSGP grant funds will supplement JTF funds by paying for such programmatic and operational costs as professional development, textbooks, physical education equipment, and classroom technology and supplies.   
Michelle Earley has taught Physical Education for nearly a decade, obtaining along the way her PE credential and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.  This Southern Californian native's passion is infusing fun while promoting positive attitudes towards healthy living, using common core practices. She has been invited to statewide conferences because of her approach to, and expertise in, teaching physical education.

Ms. Earley played Division I soccer at University of San Diego, coached club and varsity soccer teams, and acted as athletic director.  We look forward to her tenure as soccer coach and help in guiding our other Tritons sports teams to victory! 

On April 27th, applicants and their families joined together for an Academy Community Event where they commented on mascot finalists, met faculty members, played badminton, and enjoyed pizza with students from the Academy’s inaugural class of 2020! 

In the image below (left), Academy students were challenged with a logic question posed by our new cornerstone humanities teacher, Dustin SchmidtOn the right, families discuss our final mascot choices.

The Academy is the HOME OF THE TRITONS!

After discussing with dozens of registered students, parents, Academy and IVA employees, prospective students, and marketing experts, we were able to narrow down twelve final mascot candidates to the mascot we were always meant to be.  Tritons.

Long Beach's identity as a beach city as well as home to the largest port in North America makes a mascot associated with the ocean a natural fit.  In mythology, Triton was a god of the sea who raised Athena, the goddess of intellectual virtues.  The Tritons mascot ties Long Beach to ancient Athens, the birthplace of intellectual virtues and also one of the world's greatest ports.  

The final Tritons image is still being refined. Stay tuned for the final mark...
The Academy has selected the College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) curriculum, which is aligned with CA CCSS for Mathematics. CPM is designed to foster long-term mathematical knowledge. The program is built around three fundamental principles informed by both theory and practice:
  • Initial learning of a concept is best supported by discussions within cooperative learning groups guided by a knowledgeable teacher.
  • Integration of knowledge is best supported by engagement of the learner with a wide array of problems around a core idea.
  • Long-term retention and transfer of knowledge is best supported by spaced practice or spiraling.
Instead of being told a method or approach, students are asked to solve problems, identify patterns, and develop theories so that the students themselves engage in method development. The problems are attacked both individually and as a group with ideas freely exchanged as students grapple with new ideas or extensions of old ideas with the teacher as the ultimate resource.

The mathematics content is the same—students learn how to factor polynomials, for example—but they emerge from the CPM program with a deeper understanding of the topic and a better appreciation of where it fits into the whole structure of mathematics. They will learn to think like mathematicians, and be one step closer after this year to college-ready.
Students will be placed in math courses based on placement and diagnostic tests given after admission and before the start of the school year. Accelerated students will have access to honors courses starting in their freshman year; struggling students will have access to an algebra lab for additional support. 
The Board voted to authorize entering into final negotiations for a school site!! Although we cannot yet publicly announce the location, know that we will let you know as soon as we can. We plan on inviting all of you to an Open House (on location) by early June.
Long Beach families are excited to have the Academy as an option for 9th grade this coming fall. Throughout the year, the Academy participates in community events to support the various Long Beach communities. At these events, students and parents have continued to show a strong interest in the school. Just within the last month alone, the school has received over 50 new applications from incoming 9th graders! As the buzz continues, keep an eye out for the Academy in the community.

Where have you seen the Academy around Long Beach in the last few weeks?
For more information about joining us for community events please contact Crystal Day, Outreach Coordinator.
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. Click below or send an application c/o ACADEMY to 3601 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807 to receive your registration materials.
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Summer Sanders- Director of Community Engagement. 
Dr. Michelle Tubbs- Director of Curriculum and Instruction. 

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