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click here to view 001 - Independent Enrichment details

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Students often participate in activities outside the regular IA curriculum that can yield Enrichment credit. Independent Enrichments are programs provided by an outside agency that fulfill the IA Enrichment requirements. These can include, but are not limited to: course work outside the IA; programs offered by local public or private schools; summer programs at universities; student exchange programs; music camps; and study abroad programs. Students have successfully completed Independent Enrichments at Blue Lake Music Camp, University of Michigan math programs, Youth for Understanding Exchange Program, Michigan Technological University Summer Camp, and Oakland University psychology class. Some restrictions considered in the approval include: enrichments may not coincide with normal school hours; they must contain at least 20 hours of educational content; only three of the required six Enrichments can be independent. Organized sports activities and regular music lessons are not considered an Independent Enrichment. Students are required to keep daily journals about the experience, and present them to the Enrichment Office in an informal meeting. Credit will be granted subject to successful completion of the requirements.

Students may apply here for approval. 

click here to view 001-M - Independent Career Mentorship details

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During either the junior or senior year, students will participate in a career mentorship at a local business, government or service agency or in an In House Career Mentorship. Our goal is for students to develop first hand knowledge of how an organization works and establish relationships that will result in future networking contacts. The Independent Career Mentorship gives students the opportunity to “create” their own mentorship with a local business, government or service agency. The Career Mentorship is a graduation requirement and, therefore, must be completed by spring break of the senior year. It requires 5 hours of direct contact with a mentor and must be completed outside the ordinary school day. Students are expected to complete a reflection/journal about their experience. Other requirements include the completion of YouScience within the SCOIR account, a reflection on YouScience results and an informal meeting with the Enrichment Office upon completion.

Independent Career Mentorships must be approved in advance by the Enrichment Office. Students may apply here.

Students can start a Career Mentorship as early as the summer going into the 11th grade. Those who complete a mentorship prior to this time will not be able to count it as their Career Mentorship requirement, but may be able to count it as an Independent Enrichment. 

click here to view 002 - Self Designed Enrichment details

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Self-Designed Enrichments are educational activities planned and executed by students.  Students are asked to develop a research question or pursue an educational theme during the activity. This is an opportunity for individual exploration and growth, so students should choose a topic they feel passionate about. They must be challenged beyond their normal routine and fully participate in proposed educational activities.

Students will be required to keep a daily journal describing their day as well as reflecting on the activity. The student must present these journals at a meeting with Enrichment Staff to be eligible for credit

Self-Designed Enrichment requirements:

 ·         Students must write a description that gives an educational focus to the activity as part of the application. Some themes include art history in France, economic changes in India, pre-Columbian settlements in the American west, language immersion through individual homestay, the Civil Rights movement in the American south.

 ·         Self-Designed Enrichments must include a minimum of 20 hours of educational experiences

 ·         Non-family members (docents, tour guides, and other professionals) should be the major source of educational information.

 ·         The Enrichment should challenge the student beyond what he or she currently knows and introduce new ideas and concepts.

 ·         Only one Self-Designed Enrichment can be counted toward the six Enrichments required for graduation.

 Applications for Self-Designed Enrichments are due prior to the start of the activity.  Students can apply here for approval. 

click here to view 003-School Sponsored Independent Enrichment details

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Involvement in school sponsored activities can help students develop leadership and collaborative skills, learn time management skills, improve confidence, self-esteem and social skills while providing an overall enriching experience. Due to these important life skills learned as well as the enormous amount of time devoted to these activities, students may now be able to receive enrichment credit for ONE of these activities.

These can include but are not limited to home school athletics, travel sports teams, home school theater productions, forensics teams.

Students must apply for approval advance of the activity. Students may apply here.

Some restrictions considered in the approval include: 

· They must contain at least 20 hours of educational content

· Only one of the required six enrichments can be school sponsored

· No clubs will be approved

Once the activity is completed, students will be required present the journals and a form signed by the teacher/coach/supervisor to the Enrichment Staff during a private meeting. Credit will be granted subject to the successful completion of all the requirements.

click here to view 008 - Confidence Building and Public Speaking details

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Confidence is the core of a student's personality which aids in achieving success in school and other facets of life. This class greatly benefits all grade levels, freshman to senior. For freshmen, the transition from middle school to International Academy can be overwhelming due to the rigorous schedule. The Confidence Building and Public Speaking program helps freshmen make a smooth transition with confidence and ease. It also guides the sophomores, juniors and seniors in setting goals, handling mistakes, and dealing with anxiety and rejection. Public Speaking and presentation skills are part of school, college and life, which the students need to master to be an effective communicator. The program prepares students to give outstanding presentations. It uplifts their self-esteem, motivates them to become high achievers and develops life skills that will boost them to achieve phenomenal success.

click here to view 009-SS - Online Government details

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This is an online class open only to current sophomores. The purpose of this online summer government course is to provide students the opportunity to take more elective courses such as music ensemble, a seventh IB subject, or another language course during the school year. 

Attendance Policy:  Because this is an online course, students are required to participate in all group discussions and submit their work on time.  Late work is not accepted and will affect the students grade in this academic program.  Modifications to the assignment schedule can be made if discussed with the instructor before June 11.  Orientation meeting via Zoom TBD.

Summer Schedule:  This course will begin immediately after the end of the school year and run until late August.  Check your calendar carefully to ensure these dates will not be a problem for you.  If there are potential conflicts with your summer schedule, please speak with your Associate Prinicipal prior to registering for the course.  Accomodations can be made for students who may be "offline" for extended perior of time.  

Registration for this class does not guarantee a seat. The Associate Principals will have final approval of students wishing to take Online Summer Government.  A full refund will be given for any student who is registered but not approved. Register and make online payment at iaenrichments.digitalsignup.com.

This is an academic class; No Enrichment Credit is received.

Registration deadline is May 14, 2021.  A $50 Late Fee applied for registrations received after May 14, 2021. 

No refunds after June 4, 2021.

click here to view 01 - Battle of the Books Club details

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This is a group for people who love to read young adult books. In this enrichment, each student will select and read 4 of the 10 books from the 2021 Battle of the Books reading list can be found on iatoday.org website or click on this link Battle of Books List.  Students will read most of the material on their own. Our 5 Zoom meetings will consist of book discussions and activities based on the books' themes.  Our final class meeting will be attending the 2021 Battle of the Books Extravaganza Friday, May 21 from 7 - 8:30 pm via Zoom.  You must attend all 5 Zoom Meetings.


Students are responsible for obtaining the required reading material, please check school library and public library.  The final class is a "Book Celebration" (Battle of the Books) in May, time and date TBD.  

IA East and IA Central/Okma students ONLY

click here to view 101 - 21st Century Learning details

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Students will utilize the vast resources of the web to create their own personal learning experience. This course gives students the opportunity to learn anything of interest with guidance of the instructor. Some past examples include, computer programming, speed reading, drawing, languages as well as college level courses through Stanford, MIT, I-tunes U, Khan Academy and Coursera etc.  Students will keep an on-line journal and documentation of their work over the course of the next several weeks.  This is ideal for students that need a flexible schedule. Students schedule work at their own pace within a given time frame.  Google Classroom will be used.  

JUNIORS & SENIORS ONLY

Class will meet 1st day via Zoom for an introduction (mandatory), create and plan a course and will then meet again via Zoom for final project presentation.  

Enrichment will run virtually until students complete their project.  The Final Presentation will be due on Saturday, March 20 at 1 pm via Zoom.

**Students who register for this enrichment, and do not attend without notifying the Enrichment Office in a timely manner will be assessed a $95 fee**

click here to view 106 - Antiracist Book Club details

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We all have work to do to explore our own biases and build a toolbox for how to understand and talk about race in America. This book club will include reading and discussing the following text. 


This Book is Antiracist by Tiffany Jewell 


We will meet six times virtually and will invite significant reading & self-reflection in between those discussions. The conversations will be limited to fifteen participants. You will be responsible for picking up your copy from your campus one week before the book club begins. This book club will engage you in reading, reflecting, and participating in dialogue about the racial injustices embedded into the foundations of our society. It is expected that you actively participate in all of these tasks.


You will need to plan to attend EVERY discussion virtually. The normal enrichment rules of missing two meetings and still receiving credit does not apply. 


We will enroll you in the Google Classroom and you’ll get a message! 


106-2021-A is for Juniors & Seniors Only

106-2021-B is for Freshmen & Sophomores Only


click here to view 111-M - Careers in Applied Science details

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This enrichment will give students an overview of careers based in the study of biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics. Students will listen to guest speakers to gain first-hand knowledge of how these disciplines are used in the "real-world". Explore alternative energy, engineering, basic scientific research and more! This program will count as the mentorship requirement for graduation. Juniors and Seniors Only. **Please limit sign up to "1" Career Mentorship per student to allow all students to meet requirements (to allow seniors as well as juniors to meet graduation requirements)** Juniors and Seniors ONLY. **This Enrichment is not available to Freshmen. This Enrichment is not available to Sophomores.**  

**Students who register for this enrichment, and do not attend without notifying the Enrichment Office in a timely manner will be assessed a $95 fee . 

**Please limit sign up to "1" Career Mentorship per student to allow juniors and seniors to meet requirements**.