- BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI
International Academy Reviews
Rating 4.04 out of 5 662 reviews
I hav had a great time so far in my high school career at IA, it is an IB school that is quite rigorous. Its academics are good, however it lacks in areas such as extracurriculars. IA does not provide sports, or robotics teams, however you can work around this by playing for other schools, which will happily accept you. It is a diverse school, however a small number of students, because of the course's rigor. Through the IA you will achieve an IB diploma, on top of you high school diploma. IA is overall a great school that prepares students for academic excellence., I am personally enjoying my high school career at IA.
Overall my school focuses on academics, which is great, but it lacks in having the kids have an active lifestyle out side of school. International Academy Okma campus needs to influence their students to be active in and outside of school, and seeing as we only have 2 semesters of Health class which rarely has time to teach and do fitness related activities students lack a healthy lifestyle. If they had more fitness clubs, P.E. classes for each year, or better transportation between school to home highschool the health of the overall student body would improve. On the topic of transportation, there is none, you are expected to form your own means of transportation. This is hard for students who have 2 working parents, and especially hard when you have to go to a different school for sports.
The school academically is excellent, however some of the teachers are not well educated in the studies they teach and don't know how to aid students well. There are many times that the teacher either doesn't help the students learn the topic or are harsh on students.
My Daughter is a Junior. Our experience at the school has been excellent. The learning environment is world class, the Universities flock to the school to recruit the students. Staff and students want to be here. It is a well diverse academic machine. The only downfall is the faculty itself, a very old elementary school that needs some love and funding.
I think it's a great environment. Everybody is super kind and helpful, and you feel like you have a huge surrounding support group. Everybody is also always focused and dedicated.
My experience as a freshmen at IA West has been nothing short of life-changing! I've grown so much as a person not only due to my amazing teachers, classmates, and administration, but the overall learning atmosphere this school has provided for me. Students here are much more academically-driven than at a regular high school, and being on the path to earn an IB diploma has incentivized all of us to continue to work hard and appreciate the opportunity we have to attend this amazing school. I'm able to connect with my peers much more than I was in middle school, meet new people and learn about new cultures, and be a part of some incredible advocacy clubs and teams! This year was the year my parents told me about their upcoming divorce. Despite being thrown into a spiraling state of depression and feeling helpless, I knew I could find solace and comfort at school, whether it be with my friends, teachers, or upperclassmen.
International Academy in Michigan is an IB school, so the classes are more rigorous and challenging. I have not yet taken the IB or DP courses, but one thing I can say for sure is that the way we learn content is different from what I experienced in Middle School. I like how the classes require you to understand the content and absorb it before being tested on it. In Middle School, it felt like everything was based on memorization. That's not to say that you do not have to memorize anything at IA, but I liked how everything was more based on understanding and applying knowledge. The school itself is old and the school is also a bit small but that is fine due to the small population of students that attend their. I like the amount of kids their because I get to know everyone really well and the teachers are often really nice and understanding. One thing that I would like to see change are the house seminar locations.
Stellar academia and student community. DO NOT TAKE SPANISH, any other language program from this school is phenomenal and so are the rest of the courses. IB curriculum is incredibly difficult especially taking all IB but well worth. The physical building is Fr an old elementary school it is tiny and terrible, they upgrading soon or so they’ve been saying for the last 4 years but oh well, the staff and environment make up for the lack in property.
I loved the education i got. I just wish that the teachers were paid fairly and that the building was updated.
I liked the teachers because they were very supportive emotionally and academically throughout high school. I think the school is very strong in academics, specifically with math and science. Nonetheless, there is a terrible culture amongst students and there a lack of diversity among the students.
My experience at this school has been amazing. This coursework is challenging but rewarding and I have learned a wide range of things. The school also has a great sense of community.
I went to International Academy West for 3 years. It wasn't until I got out that i realized how damaging the culture can be. I'm rating this higher than i would otherwise because I LOVED the teachers there, best ones you'll ever have (especially the French one), but the culture and normalization of not being acknowledged for your work is upsetting. All of the classes there, bar the electives, are college level. This makes the course load hard. Even though this course load is harder than a normal school's, there is next to no acknowledgement for doing well. there arent academic awards or real "honors", there is just school. plain school. Not to mention now the teachers are working under an expired contract, so they work more hours than a regular teacher in Huron Valley but get paid criminally less.
I really have enjoyed my time at international academy. While the courses may be rigorous, I have learned an incredible amount. Not just about the subject, but also how it is applied in real life and not just on a test. The classes have all prepared me very well for college. The staff and community are all amazing and there is always someone willing to help. There are so many ways to get academic help in the many subjects through student programs as well as emotional help through the wonderful counselors.
The International Academy is a wonderful place to learn and grow as a student and individual and to get prepared for the rigor of college. The teachers are usually understanding and attentive to the needs of the students within the school. I'll admit, as with any International Baccalaureate program, the junior and senior years are challenging and not for the faint of heart, but I think the knowledge and skills that you can pull out of that are worth it if you choose to make it that way.
This school and program being an International Baccalaureate school is best to attend if you plan on going to university internationally. I think that if you want to go to school in America, you should stick to APs.
The international academy is an incredible academic establishment that has made me the person I am today. The teachers of every department are extremely passionate about teaching and truly make learning enjoyable. Even as an IB student, I never felt overwhelmed about the work and always felt prepared for tests and now college. If you have a chance to attend, I would 10/10 recommend .
Great community. The community was very open and friendly. There was a significant variety of cultures involved in the school, making it easier to connect with people. The courses provided tend to be taught at a high level, but there is little variety in the subjects offered. In addition, the school was slightly understaffed. The school had to rely heavily on substitutes, which was not ideal for learning. The amount of sports and clubs offered were lacking. The school did not have its own sports team, so students had to play for their own high school to be involved. Overall the experience was average. I personally place high value on a diverse, open community and academic variety compared to sports and club activities offered.