The Lambert S. Okma International Academy
is a public, tuition free, high school of choice for students of 10 Oakland County school districts collaborating in consortium with university and business partners. Commencing with ninth grade, it provides a unique blend of rigorous academic standards and a practical, career-related education throughout the 190-day school year.
Featuring the world-recognized International Baccalaureate as the centerpiece of its curriculum, it concentrates on preparing students for success past secondary education and the world beyond.
The International Academy opened its doors in August, 1996, and graduated its first diploma candidates in May, 2000. In 2009, the International Academy was renamed The Lambert S. Okma International Academy to honor the founder and first principal, Lambert S. Okma.
See the Prospective Students page for specific enrollment details.
Lynne Gibson began serving as principal of the International Academy’s three campuses in 2009. With over fifteen years of educational experience, she has served as International Baccalaureate coordinator, assistant principal and counselor at the IA, and also taught middle school and high school English in the Bloomfield Hills School District.
Her interest in creating a support network for educators involved with all levels of the IB program led to her involvement with and creation of the regional IB association of Michigan (IBSOM), and currently serves as the president. As a site visitor and consultant for the IBO, Ms. Gibson travels nationally to high schools to help facilitate the IB authorization process.
Ms. Gibson has also served as a guest instructor in the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning at Oakland University, teaching courses on internationalism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts in school counseling and an Education Specialist in educational leadership, both from Oakland University.
Ms. Gibson is dedicated to the highest standards of academic achievement for all students and makes it her daily work to ensure students have the support they need to achieve those standards.
Dr. Christopher Smith
Dr. Christopher Smith began serving as the associate principal at the International Academy Okma Campus in 2012. Prior to joining the International Academy Mr. Smith worked at Okemos High School for nine years where he taught students history and economics as well as serving as the social studies department chair.
Dr. Smith earned his Bachelor of Arts at Michigan State University in International Studies and Economics. During his time at MSU Dr. Smith tutored, mentored, and coached students from MSU and the surrounding community. These experiences fostered his passion for education which led him to pursue a Master of Arts in Secondary education from the University of Michigan which he earned in 2003. In 2016, Dr. Smith earned his doctoral degree in K-12 Educational Administration through Michigan State University.
Throughout his career Dr. Smith has participated in numerous professional development opportunities. Most notably in 2007 Dr. Smith traveled to South Africa for a month long Fulbright Group Project Abroad where he studied the political, social, and economic development of South Africa in the post-Apartheid era. In 2008, Dr. Smith was chosen to be one of 24 fellows in the Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP) which strives to develop future political and public policy leaders in Michigan.
Dr. Smith enjoys working in the International Academy’s smaller environment where he believes students can get the individual attention they need to be successful.
Joanne Juco was hired as the IB coordinator in 2019 after three years of teaching English at the IA’s Okma campus. Prior to coming to the IA, Joanne taught in North Carolina where she coached staff on Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol instructional strategies. She also served as a guest instructor for curriculum leadership at the Carolina New Schools Project Summer Institute.
During her last four years in NC, she also served as the Gifted Program Coordinator, having earned her Gifted and Talented Licensure. She graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor's degree in English and a Master's of Art in Teaching. She is also a National Board Certified teacher and is currently pursuing her administrative certificate.
Joanne works across all three campuses as a part of the administrative team. She educates students on the diploma requirements and works collaboratively with staff members to implement the IB program of study here at the IA.