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Details and history about the International Academy of Flint and the surrounding area.
Clinical Context for the International Academy of Flint
To understand the city of Flint, you have to look at the history of Flint, Michigan. Native American tribes used the Flint River as a major source for transportation. So when the earliest European settlers arrived here, they were able to use this natural trade route to establish a fur trading post. When North American furs were fetching a premium price in Europe, that meant great profits for the traders that braved this wilderness. Those “boom” days led to permanent settlers laying down homesteads, but those early fur days eventually went “bust”.
The next industry to bring life back to the area was the timber industry. Like the fur trading before it, the timber resources eventually dried up. There was a lot of fertile land around and with the completion of the Erie Canal, people from New York State started flooding to the territory of Michigan in search of opportunities. This is why a lot of the cities around Flint have similar names to older cities and counties in New York. Flint’s next big “boom” was coming.
They started out as horse-less carriages, but the automobile industry had its roots in Flint, Michigan. During the Great Migration, people from all across the country came to Michigan is search of honest work for decent pay. Like the fur and lumber before it, the automotive industry moved on to “greener pastures” and Flint was left with no major sources of employment for its nearly 200,000 residents.
Fast forward, a few decades after the Arab oil embargo, “Roger and Me” (the documentary of General Motors flight from Flint), and Kayla Rolland (youngest school shooting victim in U.S) and you see the remnants of a once model city for parks and education. A place where the middle, working class lifestyle was born and spread across the nation. As you drive north on S. Saginaw St., after you pass the historic site of the Great Sit-Down Strike at the General Motors Fischer #1Body Plant you come to Lincoln Elementary est. 1919. After the legislature’s revisions to the Michigan’s “public school academy” law in 1999, to raise the cap from 85 to 150 public charter school, the school was refurbished to be the International Academy of Flint.
“The SABIS® Network, International Academy of Flint’s charter management company, dates back to 1886 when the International School of Choueifat was founded in the village of Choueifat, a suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. There, the founders, Reverend Tanios Saad and Ms. Louisa Proctor, brought together their vision, dedication, and ambition to provide basic education for Lebanese girls. Soon thereafter, the school became co-educational in response to market demand.
Despite two world wars, the International School of Choueifat continued to grow over the years and embarked upon an expansion program outside Lebanon in the mid-1970s. The expansion was met with substantial success, which is currently reflected in a well-reputed, global network consisting of schools and a university in 16 countries on four continents”
By 2000, Flint had made the FBI’s “Most Dangerous Cities in America” list. The city is half of the population it was at its peak with 99,000 people still residing in Flint. Currently, 56% of the residents are African American and 37% are Caucasian. 82% of all the residents have a high school diploma and only 11% have a Bachelor’s degree. But, the Phoenix at the International Academy of Flint rise up as a “Beating the Odds School” in a city that is getting oddly beaten down.
The school grew and grew from its humble beginnings, with a trailer parked out front for the administration staff to use as the last renovations were being made in the fall of 1999. The student cliental changed as charter public schools got more and more recognition in Michigan and across the country. In the beginning, the type of parent that enrolled their student in a charter school was a knowledgeable parent that had done their homework and was looking for an alternative to their local neighborhood school. Class sizes were small and every year IAF added more teachers, more students, and more rooms. The management company Sabis loaned money to the school board to make expansions as IAF continued to grow. It reached its peak enrollment at about 1,200 students about 4 years ago, and then enrollment plateaued. At about this time the school culture started to change also. Now, more and more people knew that they had a choice other than their local neighborhood school. Charters schools like IAF became a part of the known educational environment as more and more started in old Flint schools and on the fringes of the suburbs.
In a very unique, kind of nostalgic throwback to the one room house, all students in Head Start through 12th grades are schooled in the same building. The building is approximately 120,000 square feet with two additions having been added to the original 1919 structure. The students and staff at IAF have two computer labs, laptop carts, chrome book carts and a ceiling mounted overhead projector in every classroom. Each teacher has an iPad as well as a classroom desktop computer and student desktop computer. There is also a 120 thin client computer lab that is used for testing.
The International Academy of Flint currently has a student population that is made up of 81% African American students, 8% Caucasian, and 3% Hispanic. Around 90% of the student population is considered economically disadvantaged and qualifies for the Free and Reduced Lunch program. IAF also qualifies for the Community Eligibility Program, allowing all students to eat breakfast and lunch free of charge. Through the Mott Foundation’s support of the Genesee Area Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Quest program students at IAF can also get free afterschool programs and free supper until 6:30 P.M.
Student enrollment at IAF is 1074 with 12% of students identified as having a disability with an Individualized Education Program (IEP). IAF has 3 social workers, a Speech pathologist, an Occupational Therapist, a Physical Therapist, and a multitude of great resources for our special needs population as result the Special Education numbers have increased each year. The Academy has managed to retain 69% of its students for 3 or more years and graduates 76% of the students in 4 years, a rare feat in today’s charter public school environment.
All student must wear a uniform, accept the grade placement that they test into, and there is no social promotion. Sabis uses the same materials that work in Abu Dhabi, UAE and Bath, England here in Flint, Michigan. All graduates must have an acceptance letter from a college or university as a graduation requirement.school became co-educational in response to market demand.
The school grew and grew from its humble beginnings, with a trailer parked out front for the administration staff to use as the last renovations were being made in the fall of 1999. The student cliental changed as charter public schools got more and more recognition in Michigan and across the country. In the beginning, the type of parent that enrolled their student in a charter school was a knowledgeable parent that had done their homework and was looking for an alternative to their local neighborhood school. Class sizes were small and ev