Student Parent Handbook

IVA Families are invited to view the Student Parent Handbook by clicking on the image or the link below for a reference.
Our handbook is presented during Orientation and provided to families before the school year begins. For your convenience, we have listed a few of our policies below to help as you prepare for the school year. Some of our policies will continue to be reviewed and adjusted with parent and student input through both surveys and committee meetings throughout the year. If you have any questions about these policies or would like information on other policies please do not hesitate to call the office or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
IVA 2020-2021 Parent Student Handbook  -  IVA_2020-2021_Student_Parent_Handbook_82720.pdf
Schedule of Classes:
Students will receive their schedule of classes on the first day of school. The day before school begins you may view your schedule by logging into your Illuminate account at To see the second semester classes you must change the date int the control panel. 

School Supplies:
Tech supplies:

  • Personal earbuds
  • Stylus for writing on iPads

Paper/Pencil Supplies: 

  • Dry erase pens (always have at least one that is working) Pencils, blue or black ink ballpoint pens, eraser, and optional pencil sharpener (hand-held with a top)
  • Paper Supplies per Course: 
    • Literature & Composition: one college-ruled composition book
    • Science: one college-ruled spiral notebook with full size storage pockets. 
    • Math/Social Science/Creative Exploration/Physical Education: college-ruled loose leaf paper in a binder with dividers OR multiple-subject spiral notebook with full size storage pockets. 

Optional: Personal Planner*

IVA students receive a locker on the first day of school and are encouraged to hold their PE clothes, an extra set of dress clothes, and supplies in their locker. 

Personal Planner: In the past our PTSA has provided planners but in our annual school surveys of students and parents less than 30% of families found the planner useful, especially given that most tracking of assignments is conducted online. Therefore, to utilize PTSA funds for other activities, IVA PTSA will not be provide student planners but encourages families to pick up a planner if you plan on its use. 

Behavior Policies:
Student behavior at IVA is based on positive support and involves multiple facets of support that include school staff, teachers, parents, and students. 

At IVA, student behavior support and discipline is as an important opportunity to encourage thinking habits in our students so that they can learn from mistakes and understand appropriate behavior as well as the consequences for our actions. At Orientation, our students will be presented with the Student Handbook, which outlines our community expectations that can be summarized in this idea: everything we do should support thinking and learning. Please note - IVA's focus on learning opportunities should not be mistaken for an unresponsive discipline process. IVA is responsive to individual behavior concerns as well as committed to helping students process the sort of conflicts that are normal at this stage in their lives. When negative behavior crosses the line of safety on campus we utilize our thorough Suspension and Expulsion Policy that is aligned with state and federal expulsion laws.

One element of our discipline process is to hold Restorative Conversations, which are adopted from restorative practices. Please see our handout below to learn more. 

It is our goal to create the most positive, least disruptive learning environment for our students. We serve middle school students and this age brings with it all the complications of growth and development, this is a tough time in the lives of kids. The combination of the age of our students and our role as a public school to serve all students means that we cannot promise an environment free from disruptions but we can commit to minimizing the seriousness and frequency of disruptions caused by student misbehavior through our school's policies. In order to prioritize learning at IVA, we take very seriously any distraction that might stop our students from being provided a positive learning environment. It is a part of our model of education to capitalize as best we can on mistakes, failures, struggles, and other "disruptions" as, potentially, teachable moments. 





Dress Code: 
Please contact us if you are unable to purchase clothing within the dress code. IVA connects families in need with community resources.
Families - we appreciate all dress code donations to help us provide students with dress code appropriate clothing. 

Free Dress Days:
Common sense guidelines for dressing modestly apply. Free dress days are assigned at the discretion of the principal. 
Dress Code updated October 20, 2017. 
IVA Spirit Wear:
IVA Spirit Wear is coordinated by the PTA. Purchasing windows are announced through IVA's weekly newsletters. 
Dress Code at other School Events: 
Required dress for any school event is in line with our regular dress code and requires a level of attire to fit the occasion. For events such as dances and promotion, please see below for general and more specific guidance. Please check with the office for further clarification. Example: Promotion Dress: Casual, comfortable dress attire that falls within the school dress code. The 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony event is intended to be a semi-formal event that requires a level of attire that fits the occasion.
Promotion Extra Tips: 
  • Bottoms:
    • Nicer than jeans. Example: Dress pants or dress
    • Fingertip length or more
  • Tops: 
    • Nicer than t-shirts. Example: blouse/formal top
    • Shoulders covered
  • Shoes:
    • Comfortable & easy to walk in
    • No greater than 2" heels 
Dress Code, Tardies, Cell Phone Use, Virtue Ceremony - Tracking Infractions
Intellectual Virtues Academy has adopted the following general guidelines in order to enhance student achievement, create a safe learning environment, provide a spirit of school pride, and so that the school can operate free from distraction, hazard, or threat to students' health, safety, and general welfare.
IVA tracks student infractions in a few areas: being out of dress code, use of cell phone on campus, tardies to class during the school day, disruptions at our full school Virtue ceremony or assemblies, and other types of harm to campus incidents. 
IVA follows three steps to address these types of out of the classroom infractions:
1) warning: student will change out or have cell phone held in the office
2) email home about the policy and notice of second infraction: parent pick up the cell phone after school
3) email home about third infraction, which may result in any of the following: loss of school activity, cell phone contract, parent conference.