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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 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 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 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**. 

click here to view 112-M - Careers for Creative Thinkers details

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The “Creative Economy” will be the next big growth area in the job market in America. This mentorship based enrichment will show students the wide variety of career paths that a creative person can take, including advertising, marketing, and public relations, architecture and design, film production and distribution, digital and traditional media, music, and the performing and visual arts. Students who love problem solving and thinking “out of the box” will find this enrichment informative and helpful.  **Please limit sign up to "1" Career Mentorship per student to allow all students to meet requirements.** This program will count as the career mentorship requirement for graduation. 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 all students to meet requirements**



click here to view 114-M - Careers in Law details

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Careers in Law will take place virtually this year.  Students will receive Zoom information prior to the start date.  They will experience much of the action of the legal system, take a look at Law Schools & Circuit Court, as well as Attorney presentations. This program will count as the career mentorship requirement for graduation. Registration is for Juniors and Seniors Only. **This Enrichment is NOT available to Freshmen.** **This enrichment is NOT available to Sophomores.** Students will be removed if they are not in 11th or 12th grade.

**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 all students to meet requirements.**