At LCA, we celebrate the multicultural representation of our community members forming the diverse Body of Christ. We welcome students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds and continue to prayerfully seek additional faculty and staff of color. Currently, more than one fourth of our students come from diverse backgrounds, the highest percentage since the founding of the school.
We are actively addressing ethnic and racial diversity in our school. Thus, we are earnestly and intentionally working toward ensuring the following:
- That Lexington Christian Academy is a safe place for all students.
- That no one feels like an "outsider."
- That our teachers are sensitive to the students needs. That they are well-prepared for lessons that address race-related issues and that they are culturally aware of the language that is used in and out of the classroom.
- That we listen intently to each student's needs. That we create an atmosphere where a student may speak to any teacher, staff member or administrator and know that he or she will be taken seriously. That we address any and all racist remarks or comments and respond in a sensitive and confidential manner.
- Throughout the curriculum and life at LCA, that we find lessons, presentations and dialogues that dispel stereotypes and empower students of all backgrounds.
- That students do not feel like they have to prove themselves because of their ethnic or racial background.
A Multicultural Task Force seeks to identify issues of racial and cultural differences in our community as well as the "ignorance" issues that make students uncomfortable. The Task Force actively mentors students, faculty and staff in the awareness of these issues.
Below are some of the ways in which we are working towards increasing understanding and respect.
FLAVA and DISCOVA Student Clubs ("Friends Learning About Various Areas" at the
School level; and "Diverse Individuals Sharing Common Opportunities About Various Areas" at the Middle School level), provide opportunities for students from all backgrounds to learn about cultures, racial justice, and service.
- Unique Learning Opportunities: In addition to the regular curriculum, courses taught during our Interim week often afford students the opportunity to explore and learn about racial justice, cultures and global citizenship with classes like "Race, Reconciliation and Social Justice: A Call to Faith and Action."
- Parent Partnership: Parent input has been instrumental since the launching of the multicultural services program.
We welcome comments, new ideas, helpful hands and encouraging voices.
After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb [praising God]. Revelation 7:9 NIV