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International Academy

Public | 9-12 | 101 students

 

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Posted February 5, 2014

This school is an IB school - International Baccalaureate school - and as such, I don't think it has had a lot of experience dealing with learning challenges. However, I think they have done a pretty good job in helping set up accommodations once we had the evaluations done. Additional time for testing is allowed, in a room apart from others (to reduce distractions and anxiety). The teachers are, in general, quite understanding and supportive. But there is a need to institutionalize the services and outreach. It is left up to me to contact the counselor about how to request PSAT/ACT/SAT accommodations, and since I didn't not know the questions to ask, or the timeframe, or anything in the beginning, there were no accommodations in place for the PSAT. It has been up to me to initiate everything, but I think this is because they just have very little experience with learning challenges in this school. I think they've done pretty good, and my student is happy, and learns a lot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2013

While the rigor is not for every student, for most students, the school is an AMAZING experience that prepares them well for college and life. It is an extraordinary public high school -- from the culture to the academic program. Anybody with children in the area with motivated children would want to consider this opportunity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2013

I begin to doubt that a lot of comments are written on the same dates, meaning people with same minds collaborated to write something only good for the school. Maybe it is wirtten by the school to promote themselves???? I'm very suspicious of the all the 4-5 stars on the same dates. Is the school honest???? I will have to give it a second thought.


Posted October 23, 2012

RE:White Lake Campus. Before deciding to send your student here, take a close look at the different campuses and separate their statistics and teacher/student retention rates, if you can. The school does a presentation attempting to lump the Bloomfield Hills campus with the others in order to improve their statistics. Know that you will not be getting the same education, reputation, and treatment on each campus. The White Lake campus practically begged us to register.Look carefully at the difference in classes and cirriculum available at each. Consider the difficulty in transferring the credits to another hs if you find that the pressure and priorities here do not match your student. They will tell you students may take classes at the BH campus, but the odds of this working with your student's schedule are poor.Also, ask why other school districts have recently withdrawn from this collective. Is some of the pressure on students here created or necessary?Is well-roundedness encouraged?The upside, of course, is that your student will be surrounded by self-motivated individuals with high goals and have constant homework. This may result in good college prep or clinical depression.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2012

this is an amazing school. I first came here and expected a bunch of nerds, but i found none. Fine, there were a couple, but still the school is filled with talent in both academics and extra-curricular activities. Going to this school requires a lot of hard work and dedication. There is A LOT of homework. Many talented people. there is no lonely kid or someone who everyone hates. No fights. The school is very peaceful and the teachers and great. There are some teachers who are not good but over all there are more good teachers than bad teachers. The food is okay. Over all this school is the best place i have ever gone to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2011

As an alumna of the IA, I know that the IA made a huge impact on my life and really led me to where I am today. There is not a single person in my graduating class who would disagree. At the IA, students who want to learn are surrounded by peers who want the same, and teachers who want to inspire their students. There is a lot of work involved - probably why the IA sometimes gets poor reviews by frustrated students who need an outlet for their stress - but it's definitely worth it. While the IA helps students go on to terrific universities and careers, it also creates a strong community. I graduated five years ago and still communicate with my friends, and even classmates I didn't know too well during my time at IA. The community is still very strong, and we all support each other in our current projects and endeavors years after we have graduated.


Posted April 28, 2010

In this opinion of this former student (and his roommate, who also attended the IA) while IA can send your child to a good school, it also provides a terrible environment for growing as a person. Simply put, the administration couldn't care less about the student body. They have no issues with harming the educational life of their students in order to maintain the prestige of the school. Also, in my experience their policies and mismanagement tended to drive out the higher quality teachers as well. So while the school puts up fantastic statistics (as evidenced by this site), in good conscious I can't recommend attending it for the full for years, if only as a matter of the students mental well-being.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2010

This school has a good base but at its west campus(Where I Attend) I find some deficiency in the teaching and most of the students have a horrible attitude towards this school. Only the people who like it write these reviews. Its good but i just dropped out and started college. Did not like it that much.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 1, 2009

Wow, This place is unique. They do a lot with a little. Other schools could learn a lot from this method. If only all the schools held their students to these high standards...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

The IA is an amazing school for high quality and challenging courses and a very friendly supportive environment that looks to have every student succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

It's very international, you learn a lot about other cultures! You get to make friends with people with different heretiges and cultures.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2009

My brother loves this school. The curriculum really challenges him.


Posted September 29, 2009

The International has definitely been a great influence in my life. Not only is the education amazing, but the students base is more driven than I have ever seen before. Each on of my classmates go to the IA in pursuit of attaining one of the nation's best education, and they do so knowing the fact that hard work is needed on a daily basis. My school could not be any better than it already is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

My son is a student there. Besdides being one of the top schools in the entire nation, my son has studied at the International school in Dusseldorf, Germany but he feels it doesn't even compare to the IA in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He loves the International Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

My daughter goes to the IA, and we are so happy with her experience. The teachers are very dedicated, the kids are motivated to learn, and the after school activities are incredible. The drama department is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

My daughter actually said I was right! She does love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

It offers an IB diploma, how cool is that?
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2009

Excellent engagement of students in the learning process. Emphasis on language and communication. Multi-cultural experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

My nephew who is brilliant, creative and openhearted is thriving here. The diversity and tolerance coupled with the high academic standards is a model for all high schools


Posted September 27, 2009

It's the best place to get the best education. All students attending the International Academy are proud of their work ethics and their success academically.
—Submitted by a student


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The state average for Social Studies was 26% in 2014.

410 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 29% in 2014.

313 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2014.

313 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 28% in 2014.

313 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 44% in 2014.

313 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

313 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

All Students97%
Female96%
Male99%
African American91%
Asian99%
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White96%
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Students without disabilities97%
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Reading

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Science

All Students89%
Female82%
Male95%
African American73%
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Students without disabilities89%
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Social Studies

All Students94%
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Male98%
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Asian93%
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Students without disabilities94%
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Writing

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
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Asian99%
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Students without disabilities99%
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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MME test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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55%
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26%
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ACT participation

97%

Average ACT score

29

Graduation rate

>95%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Michigan high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 52% 69%
Asian 41% 3%
African-American 3% 18%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Hispanic 1% 6%
American Indian N/A 1%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • German

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Lynne Gibson
Fax number
  • (248) 341-5959

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • German

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
School facilities
  • Learning lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Ice hockey
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Media arts
  • Computer animation
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1020 East Square Lake Rd
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