Think, Reason &...Run
Hello Academy community!

We are gearing up for the start of the school year, excited to welcome all our founding students. Last week, our faculty attended a 5-day seminar to explore the intellectual virtues
and to develop the techniques to foster a culture of thinking. In this issue, we introduce Dr. Mickie Tubbs, our Director of Curriculum and Instruction, announce our cross country coach, and talk about our incredible, brand-new science lab equipment. 

Come explore the Academy school site before school beings! Join us as the vision becomes a reality. Tours are scheduled for Tuesday, August 16 at 9 a.m. and Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. at 1637 Long Beach Blvd. To make your reservations, contact Crystal Day at 562.283.4456 or by email at

**Save the date: Open house on August 25 at 6 p.m. Contact Crystal Day to RSVP.**
Mickie Tubbs is elated to be the founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Academy.  She is looking forward to working closely with a talented, diverse faculty in developing a rigorous, college-ready instructional program rooted in our intellectual virtues.  Mickie has experience teaching at the elementary, high school, and university levels across four states.

Mickie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education and took her first job as a math teacher right out of college. She quickly realized her passion for providing equitable services to underserved populations, as well as the power of peer collaboration.  Mickie approaches dynamic, complex, and changing situations with a determination, a positive attitude, and a belief that effective solutions evolve out of collaboration.  

Micke was determined to provide equitable educational experiences for English Learners, Special Needs Students, as well as socio-economically challenged, therefore she earned her Masters and Ed.D in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. Fueled by the "leveling power" of technology, she opened two comprehensive high schools using a blended instructional model to personalize instruction.  Through this model, underperforming students achieved multiple years of academic improvement, graduated on time, and were eligible for acceptance at four-year universities.

Through this work, Mickie has also designed and lead professional development on student-centered pedagogies to inspire and empower all teachers on how to craft transformative instructional experiences for all students. 

Our Physics Lab Supplies are “in the house”!
At the Academy, we believe physics labs should provide students’ opportunity to explore and reason like a scientist, not just through a textbook. Therefore, the Academy has purchased top of the line physics equipment to help students explore and discover their own understanding of the laws.

These brand new, state-of-the-art lab materials include: roller coasters, rockets, magnets, simple machines, and electricity. Students will be designing their own experiments to explore the laws of the universe, integrating autonomy, challenge, and fun.

Dr. Jess Gibson believes in the three Es. Experience, Environment, and Equipment. The lab is a playground and the world is the environment to play in.

Velocity, acceleration, vectors, Newton’s laws . . . Academy students will rule the lab experience!
We are happy to announce Crystal Day as our Cross Country Coach! Many of you met Crystal through the application and enrollment process, and know her to be dedicated to a holistic academic program that fully prepares students for college. 

Crystal has participated in many marathons, and is excited to combine her passion for running long distance with her dedication to our students. Registration for this sport, as well as all other extracurricular opportunities, will be discussed during orientation. 
Cross Country starts in the fall.     Go TRITONS!
Virtue #8. Humility
Intellectual Humility: a willingness to own up to one’s intellectual limitations and mistakes. Unconcerned with intellectual status or prestige. 
Slogan: Admit what you don’t know!
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.

If you have received a registration packet, be sure to submit all of your paperwork to 3601 Linden Ave to solidify your enrollment.

Office hours: Monday- Friday 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. 

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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Phone Number: 562.283.4456

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

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