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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. Students must apply for approval 30 days in advance of the activity. Application forms are available from from the Enrichment Office or online (here). 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. Once the activity is completed, students will be reqired to write a two to three page reflective essay about the experience, and present the course work and essay to the Enrichment Coordinator in a private meeting. Credit will be granted subject to successful completion of the requirements.

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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, with the assistance of parents, should prepare an itinerary of proposed activities that will provide the education component of the enrichment, and attach that to the application. The Enrichment Office is available to offer suggestions and answer questions about the program.

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 at least 30 days in advance of the activity. Application forms are available from our web site (www.iatoday.org) or from the Enrichment office.

Some restrictions considered in the approval include: · Independent 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.

· 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 application 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.

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Figure Drawing & Anatomy Learning to draw the human figure is a fundamental skill for art studies. Participants will improve their figurative drawing skills through better understanding human anatomy and live models. This four day workshop will develop crucial drawing skills and is recommended for IB art students. Mr. Eugene Clark, teacher of anatomy and figure drawing at the College of Creative Studies, will lead this very popular workshop.

click here to view 134 - Java Programming- An Introduction details

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This introductory Java class introduces object oriented concepts in Java. This class will familiarize students with the programming language keywords and syntax. Students will use various constructs such as methods and loops to write several small applications. Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

click here to view 139 - Introduction to Digital Photography details

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This enrichment is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts used in the creation of eye-catching digital photographs. This hands-on course will explore topics such as camera technique, lighting, composition, editing (Lightroom - app of choice), and printing. Students will spend a majority of the time creating and editing images.

Items needed for first day of class:

1. Camera, one with manual setting capability is preferred.

2. Empty memory card

3. Fully charged camera battery

4. A thumb drive of at least 2GB in size.

5. Photo editing app *Lightroom preferred

click here to view 144 - Knitting vs Crocheting For a Cause details

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Looking for a project to do fast? In this class, students will learn the art of knitting or crocheting. Projects include a pair of socks, a hat, a sleeping mat or something else of their choosing. Students will work at their own pace and complete at least one piece to donate to a charity organization to earn CAS credit.


In addition to the weekly classes, students will be expected to spend time working on their project on their own.


Supplies (needles and yarn) are needed by the third class. Students may supply their own supplies or can borrow from instructor by appointment.

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An introductory look at creative writing, with a focus on poetry and short fiction, this enrichment will encourage students to not only write, but to analyze the process of writing. Several forms and techniques will be explored. Respected and interesting published works will be discussed alongside student work to help students develop their styles and ideas. This enrichment will build skills essential for the rigorous writing requirements of IB level course work.

Students will complete two modules a week at their own pace.

**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.

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Part-time jobs, cars, credit cards, college tuition, and starting a new career are all issues facing students as they approach adulthood. Starting life with practical knowledge in personal finance will give participants a strong advantage in life. This Enrichment will cover budgeting, banking and checking accounts, credit, investment fundamentals, car ownership issues and financial planning for college. A solid foundation in money management at an early age yields dividends in the future.

**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