The International Academy of Flint is a public "tuition free" college-preparatory charter school that provides top-quality education on a non-selective basis to children of different races, religions, nationalities, and backgrounds. IAF teaches its students to perform to the best of their ability and achieve academic excellence in a global context, while preparing graduates to attend colleges and universities. The school develops and strengthens students' ethical, moral, and civic values molding men and women with the knowledge, skills, and social judgment they will need to face the challenges of the times. The Academy believes those students with a SABIS® education, especially in a multicultural setting, will be able to provide leadership throughout the world.
The International Academy of Flint opened its doors in the fall of 1999, serving a total of 500, K-8 students. Each year thereafter, another grade was added. In 2004, IAF celebrated its first graduating class of 6 seniors. The graduating classes since then have continued to grow, with 36 students graduating at the culmination of the 2012-13 school year. For that same year, the overall student count in grades K-12 was 1119. IAF has received many awards throughout the years including MDE "Beating the Odds," MAPSA "Charter School of Excellence," and a bronze medal from U.S. News and World Report as part of their “Best High Schools” article. The Mackinaw Center ranked IAF 8th among charter schools in the state of Michigan and SABIS® awarded IAF a "Closing the Gap" award. In a city with an ever declining population, IAF still holds its own and continues to grow.
School Mission: Prepare students for success in college; inspire a lifelong love of learning; and foster responsible citizenship