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Dear Community Members, Prospective Students and Families: In this issue, the Intellectual Virtues Academy, A Long Beach Public High School will provide you with a description of the first course in our cornerstone humanities series called Introduction to Logic. These courses are specific to the mission of the Academy and focus on the development of students’ intellectual virtues. You will also get a closer look at our extra-curricular classes, clubs and sports program and hear from teachers about the importance of implementing an intellectual virtues model of education.

This is the second newsletter in a series that will discuss the Academy’s college prep curriculum and why it has the support of some of the world’s leading experts in character education as we begin our search for our founding teachers.  
Specific to the mission of the Academy is the explicit development of students’ intellectual virtues.  While thinking well is an integral part of every subject at the Academy, the Academy also offers a three-year humanities series that explicitly focuses on the thinking skills necessary for success in the academic rigors of an intellectual virtue education as well as provide a solid foundation for college and a dynamic workforce.  Ninth grade students will take:
Introduction to Logic: Engaging the Intellectual Virtues
This course will provide students the opportunity to practice and hone the thinking skills that are one of the building blocks of intellectual virtues. The particular emphasis on the thinking skills will provide an essential methodological framework for applied reasoning.  This framework will connect a wide variety of disciplines in the humanities and sciences, including philosophy, computer science, psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, and economics.  
The interdisciplinary approach will provide multiple access points to introduce students to concepts in logic.  Such concepts include inductive reasoning, abduction, argumentation theory, basic formal logic, conversational argumentation, the study of fallacies, informational literacy, and how logic intersects with intellectual virtue theory. Students also will look closely at the demands these operations make on intellectual character.  Examples of applied logical reasoning conducted at the high school level that can be sourced for this innovative course are discussed by Bouhnik Giat and Paul Teller published a textbook entitled Logic Prime.

Please email, Dr. Michelle Tubbs, Director of Curriculum and Instruction with any questions regarding curriculum.
The Academy is committed a wide range of extracurricular options, especially compared to other small high schools. These options generally meet/practice twice weekly. 
If interested in finding out more about any particular extracurricular, please email James McGrath, Founding Director. Tentative list dependent on student interest and future availability.
Seminar Interviews

The Intellectual Virtues and Education Project was a three-year research and implementation project sponsored by a major grant from the John Templeton Foundation and directed by Dr. Jason Baehr at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The project involved, among several other events, an international conference and a two-year series of “pedagogy seminars” with a cohort of 15 primary and secondary schools from the greater Los Angeles area.

The following is video featuring participants in the pedagogy seminars, which gave them an opportunity to learn about and begin implementing an intellectual virtues educational model.

If you have applied, you should have received a confirmation email. If you have not received one, please contact Summer Sanders. Our first application deadline is January 29th. Stay tuned for your offer letter welcoming you to the Academy

All students who would like to attend the Academy must submit an application. You will not see us on the LBUSD Choice application. All applicants can apply online or mail an application c/o The 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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