International Academy in Bloomfield Charter Township, MI - Niche

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International Academy is a public school in Bloomfield Charter Township, Michigan. It has 1,371 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 97% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 379 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

1020 East Square Lake Rd
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
(248) 341-5905

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3.9 from 379 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: This school has put me through so many moments where I simply wanted to hit my head against a wall and quit. I didn't, of course, but there have been innumerable moments that have made me question my sanity. Nevertheless, I have learned so much more about how I function as a student, and I have realized just how much I can accomplish. While this school has its back-breaking workload and late-night homework sessions, I have met some of the most intelligent, genuine, and kindhearted people here. When we finally reach a break, we know how to party. We bring massive amounts of participation, and if you ever need a spare calculator, there will be at least a dozen people willing to help out. It is one of the most tight-knit communities that I have ever been a part of, and despite our academic difficulties, we have found the strength that we need to grow past that. It is one of the things that brings us closer together as a family, and I don't think I would choose differently even if I could.
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Although this school does take a huge toll on me, I work hard and study hard. The teachers are very nice for the most part and super helpful with homework or any problems relating outside of school life. The homework does pile up and I will get stressed a lot every year but I have to take things slow and remember to not procrastinate. The clubs here are very cool and helps you build up a resume when it comes to college. However, I wish there were more events at school
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: Just going to this school definitely gives you a higher chance of getting into certain colleges. However, if you're not the best student, it might be more worth it to go to your home school and be in the top 5%, instead of just being the average student at IA. There wasn't a week where I wasn't stressed, but I knew I was pushing myself and challenging myself every day, which definitely prepared me for college and life in general.
    • High School Sophomore
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Two of my sisters have previously attended this school, and all three of us were lucky enough to make it into the lottery. The school has a mixture of amazing and okay teachers, and I am able to spend time with the ones that show me respect and encouragement. Each day that I attend school, I am able to visit my sister's mural on the wall. This brings back happy memories and gives me hope and motivation to keep trudging along. I love that my school is so diverse, and that the IB program enables us to study out of country. However, the school has it's downsides. There are no sports or PE classes, we have to join our home schools' teams, which can be very inconvenient. The building is deteriorating and lunch rules are strict. We are not allowed to leave the school during lunch, nor are we allowed to linger in the (small) parking lot. Some teachers do not have the passion for teaching, only the subject they teach. They can be rude and inconsiderate at times. As the quality of the teachers seem to be changing, so is the acceptance process. Years back, it was a lottery system to get in- if you passed the entrance exam. Now, the entrance exam can be taken 2 times, with the additional help of summer school. It is not a school for the best of the best anymore, but rather a school of choice. This irks me, considering the reputation this school carries.
    • High School Sophomore
    • 4
    Overall Experience: The IA is looked down upon for the lack of extra curricular activities, but that just isn't true. There are enrichments, which students are required to take at least six, and those are fantastic extra curricular activities. They expand your knowledge on not just your school, but of other culture and life. IA is a well balanced school, you just need to have the guts to work for your grades!

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2.66 Avondale High School 2 mi. 1,050
Bloomfield Hills High School 2 mi. 1,662
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4.33 Ernest W. Seaholm High School 4 mi. 1,337
1.66 Pontiac High School 5 mi. 975

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 52%
Male 47%

Student Diversity

International Academy United States Avondale High School Bloomfield Hills High School Ernest W. Seaholm High School Pontiac High School Troy High School
White 51.0% 51.0% 63.0% 70.0% 88.0% 6.0% 57.0%
Asian 39.0% 4.8% 8.0% 9.0% 3.0% 3.0% 30.0%
African American 3.0% 15.0% 20.0% 14.0% 5.0% 71.0% 5.0%
Multiracial 2.0% 2.8% 1.0% 3.0% 0% 0% 2.0%
Hispanic 1.0% 25.0% 4.0% 2.0% 2.0% 18.0% 2.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 29.6%
Grade 10 26.0%
Grade 11 23.2%
Grade 12 21.2%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 45 responses

  • 82% Yes
  • 13% Not sure.
  • 4% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 41 responses

  • 28% Prepares you for college really well
  • 22% IB program
  • 19% Teachers
  • 11% Teachers staying after school to answer questions
  • 7% Everyone wants (others and themselves) to succeed
  • 3% The students care about each other
  • 1% An overwhelming sense of community - never alone

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 42 responses

  • 40% Work load
  • 37% Quality of the building
  • 5% Volunteer requirements
  • 5% Required IB diploma attempt
  • 4% Ib only taught in 11th and 12th grades.
  • 4% Social Aspect

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 42 responses

  • 67% IB Program
  • 29% Sense of community + Quality of Education
  • 5% Staff

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 41 responses

  • 46% Challenging
  • 22% Prestigious
  • 12% Difficult
  • 10% Family
  • 5% Amazing
  • 5% Very difficult and a ton of work

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 40 responses

  • 52% You need to work hard and keep up with assignments
  • 28% Don't procrastinate
  • 12% Be serious about schoolwork starting freshmen year
  • 5% Say goodbye to your life for four years
  • 2% Difficult, workload, colleges don't recognize

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 36 responses

  • 22% I love everything about this school.
  • 72% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 6% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.