Many schools can become so focused on test scores and not offending parents that they may not have enough time left to make classes relevant to students.  Classes must first consider students' most basic question, "Why do we have to study this?" by answering it in a way other than "Because it's on the test." 
     The International Appalachian Academy (I.A.A.) offers tutoring at our facilities, and/or at your home, to create room for more relevant and engaging studies. After-school and Saturday programs can provide short-term, remedial guidance; and more intensive guidance for a semester or two completely apart from the school is also possible. If you choose the more intensive program, I.A.A. helps you optimize free, state-funded on-line school curriculum like k12.com (Georgia Virtual School and Georgia Cyber Academy). 
Whether you need a short-term extra-curricular program, or the longer term approch, the I.A.A. can provide fresh perspectives and discipline through outdoor activities and holisticly-taught subjects like world history, literature and essay-writing, hands-on math, and Japanese as a second language.

Earth and Sky
River Science
Histories Languages
Music
Garden to Table

Open house every second Saturday

  • 8-9:00am Getting your mind right: make something or fix something with "upcycled" building materials to think constructively for the rest of the day.
  • 9-10:30am Plants and Animals: use international scientific protocols and observations of plants, animals, and birds to develop a study site right near where you live using mapping techniques, binoculars, cameras, and phone apps like mymaps, ebird.org, inaturalist.org, and globe.gov. (Data and observations collected form the basis for math and science lessons)
  • 10:30am-12pm Garden to Table: help plan and maintain a simple garden that produces vegetables year-round.
  • 1:30pm Earth and Sky: learn to establish and collect daily and seasonal weather data around your home that can form a basis for more advanced scientific projects working with students in other parts of the world.
  • 1:30-4:30pm River of Science: conduct and analyze water chemistry and biology in the Etowah River using international protocols.
  • 6-7pm The "3Rs," Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic: learn to better understand math intuitively through Japanese hands-on approaches to the math basics.
  • 7-8:30pm Histories and Languages: Study different dimensions, or time-spans, of world history while learning Japanese as a second language.