Exciting News!
Dear Community Members, Prospective Students and Families: We have EXCITING NEWS!! Our charter was approved by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). Read more to find out the details.

You will also find out more about registration packets and location updates through an interview with Founding Director, James McGrath.

You are invited to join us for Registration Day on TACO TUESDAY on March 22nd from 5:00-7:00 p.m at 3601 Linden Avenue. Find out answers to your questions, save on postage and bring your application packets. We will assist you in completing your required paperwork for enrollment. Anyone interested in the ACADEMY is welcome. 

In our curriculum series, we highlight our English Language Arts program and specifically address how we differentiate for all learners. We also discuss our program for students with disabilities.

You are also invited to join IVA Middle School for their Parent Academy seminar: How to know Your Child's Where, When, What and Who Online. March 10th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) voted unanimously (6-0) to approve our charter yesterday afternoon!  Since LACOE oversees several charter schools, we will benefit from their expertise, resources and professional development. If you have any questions about the process, please email James McGrath, Founding Director.
Where will the ACADEMY be located?
"We still are not in a position to announce a facility. However, we are seriously looking at a few facilities near the Wrigley and Signal Hill neighborhoods. We are excited to announce this to you as soon as we are able, at which point we will begin to build out the classrooms unique to our ACADEMY culture."

I already applied, am I accepted? Are you going to have a lottery? 
"Every student who has applied has the opportunity to register for enrollment. We will not be holding a lottery this year.  I hope to see you for our Registration day on TACO TUESDAY, March 22nd 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.!

What's happening next? 
"We have some big announcements and deadlines coming up soon.  Keep in mind: 
  • First Registration Deadline for Applicants - March 22, 2016
  • Receive $375,000 PCSGP Grant Decision - Early April

  • Announce Founding Teachers - Early April through May

  • Facility Announcement - Late April

  • Second Registration Deadline for Applicants - April 28, 2016"
Registration Day on TACO TUESDAY
March 22nd 5-7 p.m.
Join us for our Taco Tuesday registration celebration on March 22 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at 3601 Linden Ave. This is a great option to save on postage and get a free dinner! We will also help you complete your registration packet by making copies and checking all required documents. Spanish translation will be available. Even if you have not yet applied, bring your questions, your friends, and an appetite. The event is open to all interested students and families. 
If you have applied, you should have already received your registration packet. If you have not received one by March 15th, please contact Summer Sanders, the Director of Community Engagement. The registration deadline is March 22, 2016

We are aware that you were offered a high school option through Long Beach Unified School District's CHOICE process. Although are charter was approved, we want to encourage you to continue to set your intent with LBUSD.
As we move forward, you will be able to continue the registration process with the Academy if you wish, and make your decision to compete your enrollment by late April. Your registration materials (or letter of intent) need to be mailed or delivered to 3601 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807 by March 22, 2016. If you have any additional questions, please contact me directly.

If you have not yet applied, we are still currently accepting applications. There are available spots for interested students. All students who would like to attend the Academy must submit an application. Click below or send an application c/o ACADEMY 3601 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807.
All English Language Arts (ELA) courses will be aligned to the new CA CCSS for ELA, with a focus on skills development and content knowledge in and through reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  Students will engage in a systematic exploration of literature with an emphasis on comprehension and response/analysis. Students learn to closely read and analyze critical works of literature and an array of nonfiction text in a print and the digital world. Students practice critical and innovative thinking, problem solving, and flexibility and adaptability both in ELA and across the curriculum, with literacy embedded in all subjects and intensively in project work.  

A primary goal in developing lifelong learners and student success in college and career is helping students acquire a true love of reading – we want our students to view reading for pleasure and knowledge acquisition as important aspects of developing intellectual virtues.  The ELA curriculum also emphasizes students’ ability to communicate expressively and purposefully, integrating knowledge and ideas of complexity in a cohesive fashion. 
Teachers will rely on the CCSS in ELA along with the 2014 English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework as well as the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards.  The literacy program emphasizes reading fluency, comprehension, writing for varied audiences and purposes, a love of literature, and a deep understanding of the significance of reading and writing to the goals of learning and living well.
Writing for varied audiences and purposes will follow four key learning strands integrated throughout all secondary content: composition practice, grammar skill building, diction and style awareness, and media and technology exploration. Guided studies emphasize the structure of essential forms of writing encountered in school, in life, and in the work place. Practice in these forms is scaffolded to accommodate learners at different skill levels, including English Learners (EL).

Hosted by IVA Middle School's Parent Academy:

How to know Your Child's Where, When, What and Who Online
Thursday, March 10th, 6:30-8:00 pm
Free to PTA 2015-2016 Members
$8 at Door (For 2015-2016 Membership)
This seminar will walk you through setting up your phone and your kids' phones proactively with simple things to create a permission-based environment.

It's not just just about monitoring your kid's web history or their chats (and most of us aren't even doing that).   
Bring your phones and your kids' phones (knowing their passcodes) to set up some simple (and more complicated) safeguards.
Questions - please contact Sandra Grace
Please RSVP to so she can plan for enough handouts.
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Long Beach, CA 90807
Phone Number: 562.283.4456

James McGrath- Founding Director. 
Summer Sanders- Director of Community Engagement. 
Dr. Michelle Tubbs- Director of Curriculum and Instruction. 

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