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ICL Academy: A Better online private school

ICL Academy is the only school that tailors academics to your passion.

At ICL Academy, students experience a better college preparatory online private school for grades 7-12. Our students fully engage in customized courses with real teachers and classmates, inspired by our unique champions and partners.

  • I have been very pleased and surprised with the personalized experienced tailored for my children.

    ICL Parent
    November 2020
  • Dedicated. Involved. Committed. Passionate.

    ICL Parent
    November 2020
  • This school is helping me study without stress, I absolutely enjoy it while completing activities, and if I get something wrong I just make an appointment with my teacher during his/her office hours.

    ICL 8th Grader
    November 2020
  • I think it is a very good experience to be able to have 0 stress doing work. The teachers have been very supportive to me and helped me throughout this very good year so far.

    ICL Freshman
    November 2020
  • ICL Academy has been an amazing school. I have had much more time for outside activities while still being able to learn at a more than consistent rate.

    ICL Sophomore
    November 2020

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ICL Ethos: 6 'P's

PASSION: Harness what inspires and motivates you 

PURPOSE: Create and plan practical paths and appropriate scaffolding to follow your passion 

PROCESS: Routinize and habitualize the rituals that guide you to success 

PERSPECTIVE: Gain wisdom and guidance from leaders and champions who understand the discipline and commitment needed to succeed 

PERSEVERANCE: Create a culture of reliance, tolerance, and respect through mentoring and guided support 

PERSONALIZATION: Customize curriculum and differentiate learning pathways

The ICL Academy Difference


Connects students with world champion mentors across sports and industry through interactive webinars, elite electives, personalized virtual coaching, and opportunities for ‘live meet-ups’.



Delivers world-class customized accredited curriculum of over 75 subjects. Live Master Teachers host small weekly cambridge style seminars and offer 1-1 support to our students.



Combines award-winning character leadership training with service learning programs as exemplified by our outstanding acceptances to top colleges and universities.

ICL students compete in the Olympics, perform on Broadway, star in films and network TV programs, and lead Ivy league varsity teams as captains. ICL alumni are recognized as entrepreneurs in Forbes 30 under 30.


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ICL Academy educators are experts in their fields and uniquely trained to engage students in their courses while building relationships and true learning from foundation to application and mastery.

“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn't need to be reformed -- it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.” - Sir Ken Robinson

ICL Academy In Depth

We match the best of online learning technology with the core principles of great education in order to seamlessly mold academics to students’ passions.

World Class Partners & Champions
Master Teachers & Mentors
  • In dealing with world problems and challenges, young people are often missing from the table. The ICL brings youth to the table. And we give them, the tools with which they can help solve those problems.

    Daniel Maren
    ICL Scholar, Stanford University
  • The ICL is truly the type of catalyst for change that has real tangible impacts on youth and their local communities

    Al Gore
    Former US Vice President
  • My experience with the Institute for Civic Leadership was a difference maker. It gave me the extra confidence and skill set to go out and achieve my goals of changing the world. My efforts were even recognized by the U.S. government, who rewarded me with a Congressional medal for my commitment to community service.

    Nielsen Dias
    ICL Global Leader, Ohio State University
  • I have been involved with the ICL since its inception and have seen it grow into a global organization impacting thousands of kids around the world and more importantly i have seen kids that I spoke to and worked with a decade ago now young adults still passionate about changing the world and actually achieving their dreams and helping their communities. I remember the ‘rookie class’ of ICL fellows like Andrew, Thara, Dan, Kiara. They all still stay in touch with me and each other. That is powerful.

    Dhani Jones
    Former Professional Football Linebacker
  • You are the change! Each one of you are taking the necessary steps to be service leaders! you are our future. Programs like the ICL are our future.

    Bill Clinton
    Politician and Former President of the United States
  • Self awareness and sense of self is so important and are overlooked in schools. The ICL recognizes kids passions and gives them a toolbelt of skills to really make a change. Whats so unique is that the kids then go out and do it. I have been involved with the ICL since my rookie year in the NFL and while i was asked to come out and inspire these kids, the truth is that they inspire me!

    Brandon Short
    Former Professional Football Player
  • ICL is a true definition of a social network. One that builds global youth communities focused around service and making a difference. The ICL showcases the true power of the internet and peer to peer exchanges.

    Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • This program is changing the way young people see themselves and the world. We must support programs like this if we are to build bridges across cultures and model schools around building service leaders and support students passionate about giving back to their schools and communities.

    Prince Khalid Bin-Bandar
  • The ICL teaches skills to help others.That is the key, It also forces kids to look inward and self reflect. I didn’t learn this till later in life and can only imagine if i had learned self awareness and reflection earlier. I do know now that by making a positive impact on your community that you become truly happy.

    LA Reid
    Record Executive and Producer
  • I wish there were programs like this when i was young. The ICL harnesses innovation and imagination. The ICL builds a similar community based around service and giving back. It is truly a wonderful thing.

    Tom Freston
    Entertainment Industry Executive
  • This program is real and empowers kids and what they are passionate about. There is nothing like the power of passion and when that is focused to do good and serve others the results are amazing.

    Wyclef Jean
    Artist, Musician
  • The ICL is the type of organization whose results speak for themselves. To put it simply, the ICL strongly impacts the young leaders of this city and inspires impassioned youth that they can achieve greatness now and the ICL gives them the tools and resources to make that difference. I have been involved with the ICL for years and every year the students impress me more and more.

    Mayor Bloomberg
    Former Mayor
  • The ICL is building a culture of peace and understanding for generations to come. This program is critical to helping young people see the impact they can make on the world today and for the rest of their lives.

    Sergey Lavrov
    Russian Foreign Minister
  • The education that I received from the Institute for Civic Leadership has helped me not only know myself better and become more confident, but it also gave me a new point of view on life. I kept my moral principles and understood that they’re an important part of a leader’s personality. The lessons that I gained from participating in this program gave me a wonderful perspective that I would not have  otherwise had.

    Elona Giubega
    ICL Class of 2011, Motru, Romania
  • The ICL is a model for change and highlights the power of youth and their ability to directly impact the lives of others.

    Malcolm Gladwell
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