IEA's Statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - Institute for Educational Advancement



*We will be updating this landing page as new information is released. This page was last updated Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at 9:45 am


Dear IEA Families, 


It is our sincere hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy as we face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic together.


In response to California’s “Stay at Home” order, the dedicated and supportive team at IEA has moved to operating remotely. Our devoted staff is working to provide the best possible programs and services to assist our community in finding ways to connect and engage during this unique time. Here is a link to IEA’s staff roster with staff members’ program affiliations and direct contact information. Please reach out if you have any questions or comments. We will get back to you as soon as we can.


Summer Academy

IEA Academy is excited to announce our Summer 2020 course offerings are moving to an online format. Classes will be held in live online video sessions over the course of five weeks from June 15-July 17, for a total of 12.5 hours of live instruction, plus optional extension activities to be completed outside of class. Courses will offer the same small class sizes, hands-on learning, and high-level content that fit with IEA’s mission to serve the whole gifted child.


For any questions regarding this transition to online learning, please email our team at


The application process for IEA’s Summer Academy has not changed. We understand that in some circumstances it may be challenging to access transcripts or other school documentation at this time. If you find yourself in this situation, please submit the most complete application possible by the due date below. 


Yunasa – Updated April 15, 2020 at 9:45 am

After much deliberation, and given the progression of COVID-19, the Institute for Educational Advancement has made the difficult decision to cancel the Summer 2020 Yunasa program. However, we are preparing to offer shortened virtual online camps. Click here to learn more about the Virtual Camp Experience. 



IEA has made the difficult decision to cancel our Summer 2020 EXPLORE program. This decision applies to all dates and mentor sites for EXPLORE. We are deeply sorry that the current health crisis is preventing us from holding this exemplary program. We have been in contact with our confirmed mentors and, while they share our disappointment in the cancellation of 2020, many have already committed to the 2021 program year. For any questions regarding the EXPLORE program cancellation please email Program Manager Megan Figueroa at


IEA’s Online Resources

We are aware that the COVID-19 outbreak has created an extremely stressful time for our society and world. This is a new challenge for all of us, but working together we can create a safe space for our IEA community to continue to grow intellectually and personally,  while still maintaining safe social distancing. We have developed the following online resources for your families to utilize while isolating at home.



As we continue to monitor and follow recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and state and local officials, we will share any developments that affect our students, families and staff. IEA is very thankful for your continued support and look forward to the time we can all be together in person. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding.


Wishing you, your family and friends well, 


Elizabeth Jones
IEA President


Pasadena Unified School District Statement

Los Angeles Unified School District Statement

CDC Coronavirus Information (COVID-19)

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