West Campus

The International Academy-West (IA-West)

is a public, tuition-free, high school for students living in school districts that are part of a consortium. IA-West opened in 2006 and graduated it's first class in 2010.  The school is located on the campus of Lakeland High School in White Lake. The International Academy provides a unique blend of rigorous academic standards and practical, career related learning throughout the school year. It features the world renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) as the centerpiece of the curriculum. IA-West is the west campus of the International Academy located in Bloomfield Hills.

What is an International Baccalaureate Diploma?

An International Baccalaureate Diploma is recognized internationally and is the highest form of a diploma for high school students. IA-West can potentially offer students a year of college credit before they begin their college career. To learn more, visit www.ibo.org.

See the Prospective Students page for specific enrollment details.

 See the Prospective Students page for specific enrollment details.

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Lynne Gibson

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.

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Ryan Parrot

Mr. Parrott completed his student teaching at Milford High School and became involved with many activities during his experience there, but Huron Valley was not hiring at that time. He earned a position in the Clarkston School District teaching in the Mathematics, Physics, and Technology program. Fortunately for us, he was laid off and found an opportunity at the IA. While Clarkston called him back, he made the decision to pursue his career at the IA, teaching physics and math. Ryan earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Michigan and his Masters of Education Leadership from Saginaw Valley State University.

Ryan is passionate about the IB and an enthusiastic supporter of the IA mission. Teaching in both the Middle Years and Diploma Program courses, he is knowledgeable and has demonstrated his caring nature for students. His experience working in a school within a school is also invaluable.

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Joanne Juco

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.