Thirst for Understanding
Dear Academy Community:
We are so proud of our Cross County team for competing in their first meet last weekend. Read below to learn more of their demonstration of intellectual tenacity and physical strength to finish the race. 

Hopefully you have been able to view your child's grades after Creating an Account on Illuminate's Parent Portal. If you did not receive your letter last week, or if you need help, we are here for you. Call 562.283.4456 or email us for help.

Some parents have expressed an interest in our Board of Directors and governance. Read more below about how you can participate in this process. Also, learn more about Summer Sanders, our Director of Student Services.

  • Student-led conferences will be held October 17, 18, 19, & 20. These will be minimum days. Students will get out of school at 1:18 p.m. We will be providing after school study hall as usual. Clubs and cross country will continue as scheduled. Students are required to attend their own conference. 
  • Progress reports will be distributed on Friday, October 14th.
Congratulations to the Academy’s XC team for competing in their first Cross Country meet on Saturday, October 1!  The Central Park Invitational in Huntington Beach included over 16 different area high schools. Our boys ran with over 150 different runners and our girls ran with almost 100 different runners.

This was the first ever XC meet for most members on the team. Tony Gumbs crossed the finish line first, running 3 miles in 20 minutes 23 seconds, which is a 6:47 per mile pace! Joshua Henry completed the race at a 7:32 per mile pace and Lucca Obando wasn’t far behind at 7:56 per mile pace. Above all, the teammates embraced the race spirit together and cheered each other on to the finish line. Go Tritons!

If you, too, would like to cheer on the Triton XC team, the next meet is The Bell Garden’s Cross Country Invitational on October 15 at 11:30 a.m. (boys) and 12 p.m. (girls) in Cerritos Regional Park. For more information, contact Coach Day at
We value collaborating with all of our students and families. Therefore, we will be calling to schedule student-led conferences and align our support for student success while setting academic goals for the year.

The conferences will be held 
October 17th, 18th, 19th and 21st.
These days will be minimum days. Students will get out of school at 1:18 p.m

Letters were emailed to all of our families last week to provide your access codes to view student grades, attendance and schedules. We view our home-school connection as essential to student success. We are here to assist you. Email or call 562.283.4456.

  • Once you receive your access key, log on to: Parent Portal:
  • Click Create an Account  
  • Complete the page by filling in your contact information, your username (your email) access key (provided).
  • You will create your OWN password.
  • Once you are in Portal, select grade book, attendance, or any other information you would like to see.
Students are expected to arrive to school on time (7:50 a.m.). Students who arrive late, not only miss important academic instruction, but disrupt the learning of others. As a result, we will be helping students to be more attentive to their school attendance.
Starting on Monday 10/10:
1) Anyone tardy will report to Dr. Tubbs at the beginning of lunch.
2) Dr. Tubbs will help to create a plan so they arrive on time.
3) Second tardy, parents will be notified. We will collaboratively develop a plan to help students arrive on time.
4) Third tardy, parents will be asked to join an attendance meeting.
5) Continued tardies will be reported as truancies and will require students to serve their minutes.
Proper decision-making is an important part of the effective functioning of our school. The way in which decisions get made at IVA and the Academy says a great deal about what we value. At the Intellectual Virtues Academy, we value respect, room for disagreement, consideration of multiple perspectives, transparency and due-diligence.

We reflect our mission to foster meaningful growth in the nine master virtues by incorporating these virtues into the decision making process. The board follows the Carver model of board-governance whereby the board establishes the ends and the staff determines the means to carry out these ends. The board stays out of the day-to-day operations and focuses on governance work at the scheduled meetings. In order to balance expediency, transparency and thoroughness we have developed the following policy to provide guidance and clarification in decision-making at IVA and the Academy.

If you would like to attend a board meeting, address the board, or add an item to the agenda, please review the procedures posted here. The meetings are generally held at 3601 Linden Ave., the first Wednesday of the month from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Agendas are posted on our website three days before the meeting date. To learn more about our board members, view some of their bios here

Summer Sanders was hired in September 2015 to help lead the Academy’s initial community engagement and outreach. Mrs. Sanders also serves as the Academy’s College Counselor and oversees Student Services. Her expertise in her 16 years in education has been to support college, high school, middle school, and elementary school students with their personal/social, career, and academic development. She has also has experience as an intervention counselor and family therapist. Mrs. Sanders also has years of experience providing on-going, collaborative professional development to teachers/staff and counseling interns, thoughtfully constructing an equity-focusedresponsive and positive staff community. She also developed a comprehensive school counseling program, advisory program, and Peaceful School culture, which received a Distinguished School Award in 2014.

Her education has focused on Human Services, Child/Adolescent Development, Counseling, Mental Health, Social Justice, and Education. She has a Masters degree in Counseling, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, obtained Credentials in School Counseling/Guidance and Preliminary Administrative Services. The Academy aligns with her passion for equitable learning opportunities, a holistic approach to education, utilizing constructivist inquiry-based pedagogies, and shares in the belief that social relationships are a constructive learning opportunity for both staff and student development. 

She is married and has a 6 month-old baby girl and a 4 year-old son. She has enjoyed returning to Southern California from San Francisco to join her extended family, and spend as much time as possible at sunny beaches.

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.

The Academy accepts applications for 2016-2017 on a rolling basis. All students who would like to enroll in the Academy must submit an application and complete a registration packet.

Office hours: Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
Thursday 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Click here or send an application c/o ACADEMY to 1637 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90813 to receive your registration materials.
We have secured the backyard outside area for lunch and PE activities! This week, students enjoyed sitting on the wooden picnic benches and playing basketball in the sunshine.

We have been providing lunch for students who qualify. On Fridays, we offer pizza for purchase. A vending machine with healthy lunch items will be installed soon. In addition, Leadership students will  be selling hot lunch items during lunch and after school on Thursdays. The profit from these items will be rolled into our activities budget for dances and field trips. 
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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.
Jess Gibson- Conceptual Physics CP/H, Advisor.
Julie Lee- Special Education Teacher/Intervention Specialist. 
Dustin Schmidt- Humanities, Advisor.

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