November 14, 2011

SABIS® charter school in Flint receives award from the Michigan Department of Education

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) recognized the International Academy of Flint as a “Beating the Odds” school.  On November 8th, the MDE released a list of 123 schools who are outperforming schools with similar risk factors and demographic composition.  These schools were identified by the Department using state assessment data from the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP).

“We have good things happening in Michigan schools,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan. “These Beating the Odds schools are helping students make progress and finding ways to overcome traditional barriers to academic achievement.”  This year's list is based on a school's ranking on the top to bottom list, which includes school-wide improvement rates and achievement gaps in addition to achievement levels.

The International Academy of Flint was founded in 1999 and currently serves 1,142 in grades K-12. IAF has been recognized before for "Beating the Odds" and has also been recognized as a "School of Excellence" by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA) and has made the national US News and World Report's ranking as one of America's Best High Schools.

“Beating the Odds schools have found ways to work smarter and harder, not just harder,” Flanagan said. “They have good leaders, knowledgeable and prepared teachers who engage students and a commitment to involve and embrace parents and the community.”

For more information on this award, and to view winners in previous years, please visit the MDE's Beating the Odds website.


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