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IEA Academy provides students in Kindergarten through 8th grade with advanced enrichment classes that promote exploration and application of knowledge. Courses provide compelling content and appropriate challenges taught at a flexible pace with small classes by highly qualified, dedicated professionals.


Advanced Enrichment Classes that Go Beyond the Classroom
IEA Academy provides exceptionally creative learning opportunities that encourage in-depth exploration of topics outside of the typical school curriculum. Optimized in both content and pace, classes cover a wide variety of STEM, arts, and humanities topics, often taught through an interdisciplinary lens. IEA Academy inspires students to be lifelong learners, as they are challenged and motivated in the learning process through discovery and exploration. In a stimulating educational environment, students engage in hands-on, inquiry-based learning with content area specialists. Each class serves no more than 10 students to ensure individual attention is provided, appropriate differentiation occurs, and community is built among participants.

Designed Specifically for the Gifted Learner

Gifted children learn best when given the opportunity to pursue their curiosity with other children who also crave intellectual challenge. While gifted children need intellectually challenging academic material, they are, after all, still children and need age-appropriate content. The IEA Academy provides the intellectual rigor these children need while still keeping content age-appropriate and fun. All courses are taught by content area specialists who are trained in working with gifted youth.

It Starts with You: IEA’s Child-Centered Approach


The IEA Academy starts with each student’s needs and interests in mind. Every IEA Academy class provides engaging, personalized, skill-specific curriculum. Courses are designed to optimize student growth and progression within each class, as well as from session to session. Students can go as fast, as wide, or as deep as they like. New courses each session are born out of extensive research and based on student interest, teacher passions, and the needs apparent within our nation’s educational system.

Beyond Academics:
The Whole Child Approach in Action


More than just an academic class, the IEA Academy provides opportunities for the whole child to grow, including activities that encourage mindfulness, emotional literacy, and social connections.

Students meet others who share their interests and abilities and build social, emotional and intellectual connections with peers from a variety of school systems, educational backgrounds, and grade levels. Students also forge mentoring relationships with teachers. In addition to these opportunities during class, the IEA Academy also provides opportunities outside of classes for socialization and community-building to help students and their families build and nurture relationships as well as share resources and knowledge.

Parent Tools for Advocacy and Understanding



Parents receive high-quality, detailed feedback on their child’s intellectual and personal growth over the course of each session. Each teacher provides parents with an assessment of their child’s academic strengths in relation to differentiated learning objectives, strengths and abilities as a learner, degree to which their child has demonstrated mastery of subject matter, and next-step learning targets. Parents have found this feedback incredibly helpful, both for understanding the academic needs of their child as well as for advocating for their child’s needs in a traditional school setting

Homeschool Students


In upholding its mission to serve the Whole Child, IEA supports students in a wide range of schooling options and types, including homeschooling. Students in grades K-8 can participate in IEA Academy courses that fit their schedule and interest, as Academy courses meet once a week for twelve weeks during fall and spring sessions.

On Wednesdays and Fridays, Academy courses are offered throughout the entire day, enabling homeschool students to take a wide range of courses onsite, in addition to afterschool and Saturday courses. Additionally, workshops, mini-lectures, Genius Days and the LABS Series provide additional enrichment throughout the year.

IEA is an approved vendor for many charter schools. Please see Tuition and Payment for more details.

IEA is accredited by the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC). As a Supplementary Education Program (SEP), Academy offers instruction in specific areas of learning designed for elementary and/or secondary age students who are in need of, or desire, educational development in one or more areas.

Partnerships that Enrich


The IEA Academy has built partnerships with local schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations to provide additional opportunities for Academy students. Collaborators and partners have included the Independent Shakespeare Company, professors from Caltech, UCLA, USC, Carnegie Observatories and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

IEA Academy Classes:
How it Works

Academy provides year-round enrichment courses for gifted students in grades K through 8. During the spring and fall, classes meet once per week for 12 weeks Monday through Friday from 4:00-5:30pm and on Saturdays from 10:00am-3:30pm.

Classes are also offered throughout the day on Wednesdays and Fridays to optimize options for homeschoolers, distance learners and those that participate in hybrid or blended courses of study. During the summer months, classes meet daily Monday through Friday with classes offered throughout the day.

Genius Day: Adventures in Deep Learning


In addition to courses offered throughout the year, IEA Academy offers a unique learning opportunity called Genius Day. These single-day, intensive workshops allows students to spend a full day working with an expert in the field, immersed in the study of a person who is considered a genius. Past Genius Days have focused on Shakespeare, Galileo, and Darwin, and have taken place at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.

To be notified when information about future Genius Days becomes available sign up for our email list below and indicate an interest in Academy.

Academy Mini Lectures

Academy Mini Lectures provide students and their families with an opportunity to hear a wide-range of short talks from researchers regarding their research interests. These educational and often motivational talks are free and open to the public and encourage students to imagine their future selves and envision potential educational prospects. Past Mini Lecture topics include “Exploring Exoplanets: What Do We Know About Planets in Other Solar Systems”, “The Wonderful World of Robots: From Earth to Space”, and “From Antarctica to Japan: A Chemist Explores the Diversity of Life on Earth”.

To be notified when information about future Mini Lectures becomes available, sign up for our email list below and indicate an interest in Academy.

Tuition and Payment


Academy tuition varies depending on session length and class duration. Some additional lab or materials fees may apply. No payment is due until your child’s placement is confirmed, at which time, a non-refundable $50 deposit is required per confirmed class. The tuition less paid deposits is due after the first class meeting. For upcoming session tuition rates and discounts, please visit our Academy Schedule and Application page here.

Tuition may be paid by Visa, MasterCard, or check (made payable to Institute for Educational Advancement).

If you will be paying tuition in part or in full using charter school funds, please contact us at IEA is an approved vendor with many charter schools, including:

  • Blue Ridge (part of Inspire Charter Schools)
  • Compass
  • Epic
  • Golden Valley
  • iLead
  • Inspire
  • Sage Oak
  • Sky Mountain


Financial aid is available to families in need. Please click here to fill out a Financial Aid Request form to receive IEA’s Financial Aid materials.



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