Elizabeth Evans had a vision to build a network of Christian elementary schools in the Boston suburbs that would serve as feeder schools for a central high school in Boston. With the help of local evangelical leaders such as Harold John Ockenga, Pastor of Park Street Church, and T. Leonard Lewis, President of Gordon College, Ms. Evans proceeded with the plans to start a secondary school. Boston Christian High School opened in 1946 and the school quickly outgrew its small space above a bowling alley on Huntington Avenue. The renamed school, Christian High School, moved to Garden Street in Cambridge.
In 1965 Christian High School moved once again to its current location, changing its name to Lexington Christian Academy. The Academy has been fully ac-credited since 1967 by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
For more than 70 years, God has worked through a community of board members, faculty, and parents committed to a Christian education for young men and women in the Boston area. A committed faculty and staff of men and women help students to view every subject area and all of life through the lens of a Christian world view. LCA’s curriculum is college preparatory and liberal arts by design.
In the 1990s, LCA underwent a thorough curriculum review and developed a plan to strengthen its curriculum. Over the next decade, AP courses were added and the faculty prioritized developing a strong and vibrant liberal arts curriculum.
Also in the early 2000s more international students were applying to LCA. This increase in enrollment of international students not only extended the reach of its mission to internationals, but also strengthened and enriched the academic program for local students. In 2010, LCA students were champions in the MIT/ NASA Team Zero/BotX International Space Station Competition.
To provide for the updated curriculum and to become a leading academic institution with vibrant athletics and arts programs, LCA has continuously improved its facilities over the last two decades. LCA added new classrooms, a spacious library, a new gym and athletic fields, and art and music instructional spaces. LCA’s buildings have both wireless and hardwired internet access. Five state-of-the-art science labs have been added, the last two through a generous gift from the Van Lunen Foundation. In 2013 the Cross Worship and Performing Arts Center was built, and in 2015 LCA constructed the First Fruits Fitness Center.
In 2016 LCA was named an “Exemplary School” by the Association of Christian Schools International ACSI). This recognizes LCA as a flourishing Christian School and a leader in Christian Education. With the growth of international students, LCA obtained membership in TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) in 2016 which provides opportunities for developing the program as well as additional recruiting.
In 2017, LCA made the largest acquisition in its history, buying a second campus with existing auxiliary programs less than a half-mile away. The property, now known as LCA North Campus, consists of a 52,000 sq. ft. facility on 6 acres (which complements our main campus with an 85,000 sq. ft. facility on 29 acres). The North Campus includes dormitories to lodge 80 students, as well as classroom and recreational space. On the main campus, LCA was also pleased to launch a new hands-on learning classroom, Maker Space, funded by a 2016 grant from the MacLellan Foundation.
LCA continues its tradition as a leader in Christian education by hosting the annual ACSI Professional Development Forum as part of the Cultivating Inquiry initiative. LCA faculty annually leads workshops and presents on topics in education both at this conference and at educational conferences specific to their disciplines.