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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. 

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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.

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Students will utilize the vast resources of the web to create their own personal learning experience in this completely online course. This course gives students the opportunity to learn anything of interest with guidance of the instructor, similar to a personal project. Some past examples include, computer programming, speed reading, drawing, languages as well as college-level courses through Stanford, MIT, iTtunes U, Khan Academy and Coursera, etc.  Students will keep an online journal and document 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 timeframe.  Google Classroom will be used.  

JUNIORS & SENIORS ONLY. This course is open to seniors only on a first-come registration basis, and juniors if space allows.

The course begins via Google Meet on January 22 at noon for an introductory session and continues independently with weekly check-ins via Google Classroom.   

The course will conclude with a Google Meet session on Saturday, March 12 at noon for final presentations.

**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 107 - Happy Planner® Enrichment details

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Plan, Create & Inspire yourself for staying organized this school year!


Join Mrs. Janek for a brand new enrichment class to inspire your daily planning.  On the first day of class you will receive your own Happy Planner® customizable disc-bound planner system and a sticker book.  We will plan our school weeks together.  You will enter your class schedules, assignments and study time. Plan ahead with the school calendar.  Spend time bullet journaling, sharing a recipe or two, setting goals and inspiring each other with creative layouts.  During in-person class time we will use Flair pens for creative lettering, get creative with washi tape, sticker, and have inspirational journal prompts.  Our focus will be to spread happy in our group.  You will be empowered to focus on organizing yourself, while being creative.


Each student will receive:

  • 1 Classic Student Happy Planner®

  • 1 book of corresponding stickers (between 500 - 600 stickers)


In class we will have limited supplies of:

  • Washi tape

  • Inserts for our planners prepared by Mrs. Janek

  • Fun pens, markers and colored pencils


We will meet Tuesdays Sept 14, 28 October 5, 19 Nov. 2 | 3pm - 5pm

10 hours in person (IA library 3pm - 5pm)

10 hours at home with tasks in Canvas




+ Inspiration. Organization. Creativity. Happiness.


click here to view 121 - Python Programming Language details

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Python is a versatile and the fastest growing programming language with applications in data science, software development, machine learning, and AI.   This course provides an introduction to the programming environment and explores the basics of Python.  After learning how to run a script, you will work with Python expressions, functions, and variables in interactive mode.  By the end of the course, you will be able to write a basic python script.  

This course does not require any prior programming experience.  

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Want to become an outstanding salesperson? This enrichment will teach students the 7 steps of selling!

*Open for IA West Students Only participating in DECA.

click here to view 124 - Skip The Rat Race: Re-Imagine Your Future details

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Are you worried about: 

1. How little you learned in 2020-21 due to the pandemic and how to catch up in 2021-22? 

2. How to manage in the high stress environment at IA, thrive in studies, maintain a great GPA, excel in SAT/ACT, do well in college and career?


Discover the secret that will help you prepare  you for stellar success in school, college and beyond. 


Why do some professionals reach the pinnacle of their field while others with seemingly similar background, don’t even come close to achieving their full potential? 


According to an article published in the June 2018 issue of Harvard Business Review, self-awareness is the most important skill to be successful in the 21st century. Self-awareness involves knowing your own behaviors, tendencies and priorities as well as those of others.  You will get an assessment and a customized report which will provide many insights for success. You will also get access to an online platform that will be very useful in applying these new skills and will be available to you even after the course ends.  These tools will enable higher individual performance in studies/exams, reduced toxic conflict on project teams and a greater ability to build strong professional connections. It will enable you to make better professional connections with fellow students, teachers, as well as personal connections (friends, parents, siblings and others), which will in turn improve your performance as a student.  We will achieve this by focusing on understanding your personal behavior, behavior of others and then using this knowledge to move from judgment to curiosity.


The course will also help you learn how to position yourself for success in college and in the corporate world.  HR professionals and hiring managers struggle to find high performance professionals.  They have a hard time finding talent that will be able to deliver results by building authentic and strong professional connections with team mates, internal and external stakeholders and corporate leadership.  Entrepreneurship requires similar skills so that one can excel in starting and growing a business.  Course will enable you to develop these skills early in life before negative behaviors are hard-set. 


About the Instructor

Atul is a consultant and a career coach. He enables academic success, professional growth & career achievements for individuals. He has worked with, as well as coached at all levels, ranging from CEO to managers to high school students. During his workshops and coaching sessions with experienced working professionals and managers over the past 10 years, Atul realized that conducting such sessions on self-awareness can be even more impactful if conducted at a younger age (college and high school students).  Earlier introduction allows students to avoid bad habits from forming and reap much larger rewards later in their career.


Prior to working as a consultant, Atul worked as the Director of Engineering for a manufacturing company in Metro Detroit. He has 20+ years of experience in Automotive, Commercial Trucking, Off-Highway, Aerospace, Industrial, Education, Telecom, Digital Printing, Transportation and Logistics and Manufacturing industry in North America, Europe and Asia. 


His list of current and past clients includes over 150 global organizations (private companies and government organizations) - Fortune 50 companies such as Ford Motor Company, Comcast, Xerox as well as US Government organizations - e.g. The US Army