BrendenBaehr-185x185.jpgArticle From Long Beach Register September 12, 1013, Page 17

Intellectual Virtues Academy of Long Beach, a new tuition-free public middle school, chartered by the Long Beach Unified School District, celebrated its opening day Sept. 4 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration.

Founder and board member Steve Porter was present to welcome families and community members along with founder and board member Jason Baehr, who described how educators from many nations, including Kenya, Cambodia and the Philippines, have expressed interest in the intellectual virtues model of education being implemented at Intellectual Virtues Academy.

Chairman of the board, Eric Churchill, presented a myrtle tree – symbolic of a seed of an idea taking root and giving rise to something that is significant and lasting.

“This is your school,” he said to the inaugural class of 55 sixth-grade students. “You are the founding class of Intellectual Virtues Academy. It is the hope of everyone here that you will take advantage of this opportunity and make this school great by becoming great thinkers.”

– Rebecca Irwin is part of the founding team of Intellectual Virtues Academy.

The school is located at 3601 Linden Ave in Long Beach.