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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 001-SS- Mathematics I details

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Families new to the IA will be prompted to create a new account prior to the completion of registration.  If you currently have an enrichment account, please add your incoming freshman to this account.  There should only be one enrichment account for the “Family”.  The log-in is a parent or student's email. In the account, the “User” is the parent name and the “Member” is the student.  If you do not know your password, please follow the password reset instructions on the website. Email addresses should be one that gets checked on a regular basis.

To register and make payment click on link: Mathematics 1 Summer Course

This summer school mathematics course is focused on the Algebra I and higher-level math skills required to be successful in the Freshmen level Integrated Mathematics II course offered at the International Academy. This course is specifically designed to support students who have NOT successfully completed Algebra I or Integrated Mathematics I or who have NOT passed the IA entry-level math test. This course is open to prospective International Academy students with a complete IA application and who have previously sat for the math exam. Course cost is $235, $50 Late Fee applied after June 4, 2021.

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 002-SS - English Writing Workshop - Online details

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Families new to the IA will be prompted to create a new account prior to the completion of registration.  If you currently have an enrichment account, please add your incoming freshman to this account.  There should only be one enrichment account for the “Family”.  The log-in is a parent or students email. In the account the “User” is the parent name and the “Member” is the student.  If you do not know your password, please follow the password reset instructions on the website. Email addresses should be one that gets checked on a regular basis.

This is an On-line English Writing Workshop to help students prepare for the challenges of the IA's ninth grade World Literature course and it's rigorous writing component. The workshop will be geared toward helping each student excel from current skill level.  Through the online learning platform teachers can personally respond to each student's unique needs through constant online feedback and dialogue.  Students will be taught by capable, qualified teachers whose goal is long-term student success. Activities will address grammar, vocabulary, essay writing, and close reading skills essential for the rigorous writing requirements at the International Academy and beyond.  

Each student must have email and internet access and plan to spend at least one hour each day, about 30 hours total, working on writing and other assignments.   This is an online self-paced course with weekly expectations. Students are required to attend one virtual meeting on June 22 @ 5pm or 6/24 @ 7pm.  Links will be posted/sent for the meetings. 

***This course is only open to incoming Freshmen (9th Grade)**

*** $50 Late Fee applied after June 4, 2021***

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 003-SS - French Language for Incoming Freshmen details

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Families new to the IA will be prompted to create a new account prior to the completion of registration.  If you currently have an enrichment account, please add your incoming freshman to this account.  There should only be one enrichment account for the “Family”.  The log-in is a parent or students email. In the account the “User” is the parent name and the “Member” is the student.  If you do not know your password, please follow the password reset instructions on the website. Email addresses should be one that gets checked on a regular basis.

This class is designed for students with limited or no proficiency in French. It is not recommended for students who have already demonstrated proficiency in the language. The French Language Workshop will be geared toward helping each student excel from his or her current skill level. Classes will be small to ensure that students experiences are tailored to their needs. The course will be taught by a capable, qualified teacher whose goal is long-term student success. The course will celebrate learning and the development of French language skills. Activities will address grammar, vocabulary, writing and oral skills essential for the rigorous language requirements at the International Academy and beyond.

****Incoming Freshmen Only*****


click here to view 005-SS - Pre-10 Spanish Language Workshop details

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This is a Spanish Language Workshop to help students prepare for the challenges of 10th grade Spanish Language Program. This will be a solid review and refresher of the Spanish curriculum and is meant to improve confidence in usage both written and oral. It will include present indicative, past tenses, subjunctive and indicative. The workshop will be geared towards helping each student excel from his or her current skill level. Activities will address grammar, vocabulary, writing and oral skills. ********This Workshop is for incoming 10th Graders Only*********


*Internet Access is required with a webcam and microphone to practice speaking and listening. In addition to the daily Zoom class, students will have assignments and practice to complete.



click here to view 006-SS - Pre-IB Spanish Language Workshop details

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This Spanish Language Workshop is to help incoming 11th grade students prepare for the challenges of 11th grade IB Spanish language programs. The workshop will give the students a solid review and refresher of the Spanish Curriculum and improve confidence in usage, both written and oral. It will include present indicative, past tenses, subjunctive and indicative. Students will also strengthen writing and oral skills. The Spanish Language Workshop will be geared toward helping each student excel from their current skill level. The course will focus on learning and development of Spanish language skills. Activities will address grammar, vocabulary, writing and oral skills.

 

*Internet Access is required with a webcam and microphone to practice speaking and listening. In addition to the daily Zoom class, students will have assignments and practice to complete.

 

2021 Dates: July 12 - July 23 12:30pm - 2:30pm Zoom Class

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.