Academy Is... The Academy Is, TheAcademyIsThe Academy Is... is an American alternative rock band from Barrington, Illinois, formed in 2003. They are currently signed by the Decaydance imprint of the Fueled by Ramen label. They were originally known as "The Academy", but added the "Is..." in 2004 to avoid legal complications with other established bands already under that name. As of 2009[update], the band has released three full albums, Almost Here, Santi, and their newest album, Fast Times at Barrington High.