Experience, Visualize, Explore
Dear Community Members, Prospective Students and Families: Intellectual Virtues Academy, A Long Beach Public High School has several exciting announcements to share with you. We welcome you to join us for our "Take a 2nd Look" event on February 23rd, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Applicants and their families will experience a high school classroom, and learn more about the Academy's programs, sports, and community. Meet other applicants and invite a friend to join you. Come pick up some free Academy gear too!

On Feb. 25th, join IVA for a special screening of Beyond Measure and meet the schools that are daring to reimagine education. Premiere starts at 6:00 p.m. at 3601 Linden Ave.

In this issue, we will also provide you with a description of our arts program, the next course featured in our curriculum highlight series. You will read an update about our charter approval hearing with Los Angeles County Office of Education, and receive details about our search for exceptional teachers
The Visual Arts curriculum will emphasize the following: artistic perception; creative expression; historical and cultural context; aesthetic valuing; and connections, relations, and applications.  Students will learn how to identify and use elements and principles of design using the language of the visual arts (i.e. value, line, contrast, balance).  Based on personal experiences, students will create original artwork using various arts media and technical processes.  Students will explore the role of visual/creative arts in human history, across a variety of cultures and time periods including the different historical art movements (i.e. impressionism, surrealism, abstraction). 

The students will learn to make critical judgments about various art works and experiences, making determinations of quality based on analysis, interpretation and derivation of meaning.  Through co-planning between the art teacher and the general and special education grade level teams, grade level curriculum will be integrated into arts instruction.  The students will learn through integration of visual/creative arts and core subject area instruction.  Finally, the students will come to learn, value and enjoy the time that is necessary for the creative process to come to fruition. 

The Academy will seek to partner with a local college or university, such as Long Beach City College and/or California State University of Long Beach to offer elective, dual enrollment courses (including summer sessions) for students who desire more targeted or advanced instruction in the arts, including advanced visual arts courses as well as instruction in music, drama and dance.
After presenting to the Los Angeles County Office of Education's (LACOE) board on Tuesday, Feb 9th, a highly qualified team of the Academy's board members, consultants and directors were interviewed by a panel of LACOE's staff on Wednesday, Feb 10th. The team was asked questions about our educational philosophy, logistics about the creation of our high school, and our outreach process. The team remained confident and focused throughout the three hour interview. We will hear back from LACOE about their decision regarding the approval of our charter in mid-March. 
The Academy posted openings for its founding faculty.  In just two weeks, we have received over 140 applicants from five continents that include local or national teaching award recipients, college professors, a Harvard law school graduate, and promising applicants who are new to the profession. 

The Academy is dedicated to providing exceptional teachers, aligned with our mission and values. We understand that who we have in the classroom is one of the most important determinants to classroom success. If you know any extraordinary teachers, let us know, we would be happy to reach out to them.  The application deadline is March 4th, and we expect to announce our founding faculty by April.
If you have applied, you should have received a confirmation email. If you have not received one, please contact Summer Sanders, the Director of Community Engagement. We will be sending welcome packets to applicants the first week of March.

Attend the event on Feb 23rd to get your questions answered and learn more. 

We are still currently accepting applications. There are still available spots for interested students. All students who would like to attend the Academy must submit an application. Click below or send an application to c/o ACADEMY 3601 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807.
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James McGrath- Founding Director. 
Summer Sanders- Director of Community Engagement. 
Dr. Michelle Tubbs- Director of Curriculum and Instruction. 

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