The senior year at LCA is intentionally unique; the goal is to ensure that it is not just one more typical year of upper school education. Rather, this final year allows students diverse opportunities to get involved at a deeper level with academics and the school community. In doing so, students are able to pull together their upper school educational experience in a manner that provides a cohesive understanding of the whole of their lives and education. This is both challenging for students and necessary in order to provide a coherent picture of the world in which they live.
Many of the opportunities for seniors include a rigorous academic approach to their studies. They may choose to complete independent work, such as the Advanced Senior Research, which is conducted with close consultation of a faculty member. There are many occasions for students to perform in the arts programs with celebrations like ArtsFest and the Evening at the Globe, which is part of the English curriculum. Seniors are also expected to give back to and serve the community which adds to the ethos of LCA. Some are elected as prefects and thereby help organize student activities and events. They can also assist other students through peer tutoring and the “buddy program” with middle school students. Our seniors edit student publications and the yearbook. In all of these programs, seniors are given more freedom and more responsibility so that they will be well prepared for their endeavors in a university environment.