International Academy of Macomb

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International Academy of Macomb
42755 Romeo Plank Road
Clinton Township, Michigan
United States
Coordinates 42°21′52″N 82°33′37″W / 42.364487°N 82.560318°W / 42.364487; -82.560318
Type Public, International Baccalaureate
Established 2008
Head teacher Mr. Eric Sturm, often called "Exsturminator" by students
Grades 9-12
Number of students 450+
Color(s) Navy, Silver          
Mascot Leopard
Feeder schools Anchor Bay, Center Line, Chippewa Valley, Clintondale, East Detroit, Fitzgerald, Fraser, Lake Shore, Lakeview, L'Anse Creuse, New Haven, Richmond, Romeo, South Lake, Van Dyke, Warren Consolidated, Warren Woods

The International Academy of Macomb (IAM) is a public high school in Macomb County, Michigan located in the Chippewa Valley 9th Grade Center in Clinton Township.[1][2] The school opened in the spring of 2008 and is an International Baccalaureate school as of early 2010.[3] The first two years at the IAM consist of International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme courses . After these two years, students will begin the International Baccalaureate program, which lasts for two years. All IB students will have to complete 150 'CAS' hours (creativity, action, service) throughout the two IB years. After all four years are completed, students will partake in several IB exams in order to receive their IB diploma. The students at the IAM get an understanding of the world through many great books, including Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.[4] Although it is an IB school, the IAM is still considered a public school, but it requires students to pass a test and get drawn in a lottery to become enrolled.[5] There is no tuition required for students, but there is an initial $150 fee that will cover computer fees. Each student will receive his or her own laptop that will be used throughout the four years at the IAM, and any damage can usually be fixed with a re-imaging, including physical damage to the laptop.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

All of the IAM's Division I MHSAA sports teams are known as the Lady Leopards. A notable sport that the IAM offers is girls football. In October 2013, IAM secured their first victory in the annual "Nerd Bowl" by defeating the Utica Academy for International Studies by a score of 54-6. On October 11, 2014, headed by brilliant coaches Greg Iacobelli, Ben Dib, Salvatore "Sal" Maltese, Sam Ebbit, and Miroslaw "Miko" Ochocinski, the Lady Leopards went on to defeat UAIS by a score of 55-18, and hereby setting the series record at 2-2. The Lady Leopards' slogan is "RKO Utica", in reference to famous wrestler Randy Orton.

On September 12, 2015, the IAM played UAIS for the first time at their home field. With only three weeks of practice, head coach Ben Dib and assistant coaches Alex Damer and Devin Bingham led the Leopards to a 32-12 victory over the Phoenix. This win marked the 3rd win for the IAM, putting them at a 3-2 series lead over UAIS.

In addition to powderpuff football, the IAM held its first annual softball tournament on May 31, 2014. This event, again, was against UAIS, with two teams from each school. IAM Team A (coached by Brandon Rickert, Chance Stevenson, and Kayla Strunk) and IAM Team B (coached by Jordan Edwards, Greg Iacobelli, and Maria Miglio) were both undefeated in the tournament, with the help of a 2-run, walk-off home run by Brandon Rickert while trailing by 1 in extra innings of Game 1. Both teams played each other in a championship game on a later day, with team A winning by a score of 12-11. The idea for the tournament came from UAIS Junior Jessica DiGiovanni. After requesting assistance from an IAM Junior, Eoin Barry stepped up to the plate to help. The second annual IAM Softball Tournament took place on June 6, 2015 under the leadership of Eoin and Jessica's successor Brenna Wyffels. IAM won both charity softball tournaments. The 3rd annual tournament took place on June 4, 2016.

The IAM also features various clubs. These include soccer club, book club, drama club, floor hockey club, ski club, Science Olympiad, basketball club, writing club, chess club, euchre club, anime club, quiz bowl, Blender club, key club, French club, trebuchet "traybucket" club, gay-straight alliance, tea club, and Spanish club.

The IAM's FIRST Robotics Team, Team 4810 I AM Robot, is a third year team that won the Michigan Rookie All-Star Award in 2013, and the Troy District Entrepreneurship award in 2014.


  1. ^ "International Academy of Macomb". Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  2. ^ "What is the International Academy of Macomb?" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  3. ^ "IB Status - IAM". Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  4. ^ "International Academy of Macomb News". IAMN. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  5. ^ "International Academy of Macomb". MISD. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 

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