Intellectual Virtues Academy: Public High School

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At a Glance

School Information

Founded: 2016
Type of School: Coed, public, non-profit high school

Location: 1637 Long Beach Boulevard near PCH (While the Academy is located in downtown Long Beach, we currently serve students living in Long Beach, Lakewood, Carson, Wilmington, Los Angeles, Compton, and Orange County.) 
Grades: 9-12 (current: 9-10, fall 2018: 9-11 grade, and fall 2019: 9-12 grade)

Administration, Faculty and Staff: 12 (90% either hold or in the process of completing graduate degrees, including 4 Ph.D.’s.)
Student:Adult Ratio: less than 6:1
Average Class Size: 22 students

Enrollment 2017-18: approximately 65 students

Future Enrollment:

  • 9th grade: up-to 60 students
  • 10th grade: up-to 60 students
  • 11th grade: up-to 60 students
  • 12th grade: up-to 60 students for the fall of 2019

Curriculum Features

The Academy prepares students for college and the 21st century through a blend of innovative, passion-driven, arts-integrated projects and progressive research strategies to engage students in a curriculum that exceeds state content standards and California's "A-G" university admissions requirements.


The goal of an intellectual virtues educational model is to foster meaningful growth in the personal qualities of a good thinker or learner: curiosity, wonder, attentiveness, open-mindedness, creativity, intellectual tenacity, and related traits.

Some specific program features include:

  • Intellectual Virtues model of education with an emphasis on character development
  • Cornerstone courses in humanities
  • Meaningful math using real-world application
  • Rigorous, hand-on, student-centered instruction
  • Innovation Lab to explore passion-drive projects
  • T#INK: Technologically Savvy curriculum tools
  • Advisory curriculum to support student development
  • Individual College Counseling 

Student Leadership

Student Leadership Club
Student Events and Activities Club
Academy Student Ambassadors (“A-Team”)


Recent Demographic Profile

Our students come from 33 different schools and 18 different zip codes.

African American - 32%
Cambodian – 5%
Caucasian - 12%
Filipino - 2%
Hawaiian - 2%

Latino – 35%
Multi-racial - 12%

Accreditation, Membership and Partnerships

Enrollment Requirements

There are no enrollment requirements. The Academy is a public school that is free of charge and open to all students. There are no residential requirements. All students are welcome regardless of background, academic record, or special education eligibility. Interested students may submit an online application to start the enrollment process. When more applications are received than spaces, a public lottery event is held. The Academy is currently in Open Enrollment. For more information, contact us a 562.283.4456 or info@academylongbeach.org



Sports teams and clubs include:


Rotation of Student Clubs

Academy Student Ambassadors 


Creative Writing



Fashion and Design

Hip Hop Dance







Spirit Squad