Mission and Vision- Our mission is to develop character qualities that foster critical thought, creative problem solving, and self-directed growth within our learners in a thoughtful, challenging, and supportive environment. We equip our students for the challenges of college, career, and beyond, by providing our students with opportunities throughout all we do to develop such intellectual virtues as open-mindedness, curiosity, tenacity, and humility. For these reasons, the New York Times top 10 bestseller The Coddling of the American Mind described our program as developing “wiser, stronger” students “who will thrive” and urging “prestigious universities” to “[a]dmit more students who have attended schools that teach the ‘intellectual virtues.’”
Over the last two years, we have been featured at multiple conferences and in academic papers. Our professional development and research partners include character experts from Boston University, Harvard University, Calvin College, Loyola Marymount University, University of Southern California, and Biola University.
A Thoughtful, Collaborative Partner for Teaching and Learning
• Instruct 5 classes, this year two biology courses and three environmental courses
• Assess, evaluate, and monitor students’ progress towards school’s academic and non-academic goals
• Develop a firm understanding of, and systematically implement, the core principles and practices involved with an intellectual virtues educational model
• Assist the development and implementation of a network of student support systems
• Provide differentiated instruction designed to meet the needs of each student
• Collaborate with instructional team to revise, edit, and improve lessons
• Support after school/evening activities, including extracurricular activities, field trips, parent conferences
• Participate in school-wide cultural events (e.g., assemblies, dances, intramurals, Exhibition of Learning)
• Lead 12-17 student weekly advisory in such topics as college/career planning
• Document learning through photographs, or other creative means to highlight the story of learning and share with the community
• Engage in ongoing self-reflection and self-assessment with administration aimed at his/her own growth, including in intellectual virtues
• Other duties as needed
For more detailed information, please see our website: www.academylongbeach.org.
Our Staff and Community - IVA High is an inviting, joyful learning community where every student is cared about, known well, and appreciated for their unique attributes. We value relationships as an important component to school culture and collaboration and see our staff as partners in all aspects of our community. We work collaboratively with one another and provide a cross-curricular approach to learning. We provide an energetic, entrepreneurial, and thoughtful organization dedicated to the growth of each of its students, and its staff. For the last three years, 100% of our staff have stated that they have felt connected to our community and overall were satisfied with IVA High.
Our staff is a critical part of providing both a supportive and challenging education. We are committed to instilling in our students a love for learning and an appreciation for intelligence in its multiple forms. We employ a constructivist pedagogy centered on project-based learning and inquiry models of instruction. Our students continually reflect on their own learning, pose their own questions, and pursue projects in a personalized, yet intellectually structured environment.