The International Academy, in my opinion, is a good public school. What I love most about the school is its diversity. You can find people of nearly every ethnicity and social group, and the interactions I've had with these open-minded people have really enhanced my global knowledge and introduced me to new perspectives. The IB curriculum is very challenging (and sometimes redundant), but I have heard from colleagues that it's worth it. Teachers here are hit-or-miss, but if you land a great teacher, you will really learn more. The building is what docks it down one star. IA is in an old elementary school, and there are (actual) holes in the wall, leaky floors, and missing ceiling tiles. Most of the rooms are also piping hot, super humid, or really cold. There are about 500 students within the school, but the hallways are crowded (worse than LA traffic) and grades must share a space that is used simultaneously as a cafeteria, auditorium, and gym. Btw, IA does not have sports.