How do I apply to LCA?
The application process begins in the fall prior to the year you plan to attend LCA. The components include paperwork completed by the family, teacher recommendations, transcripts, and entrance testing (we require SSAT results for all applicants; International Students must also submit TOEFL or TOEFL Jr. results), and culminates with the family interview. Although not required, each applicant is encouraged to schedule and attend a Student Experience Day at The Academy. The entire process must be completed by February 1. After this deadline, applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Details of this process are found under Applying to LCA on our website.
Where can I find your school profile?
You can find LCA's school profile by clicking here.
On what basis do you make admission decisions?
At LCA, we look for students with a proven record of academic accomplishment who will be successful in our college preparatory curriculum. In addition, we seek students interested in contributing their talents to our community and for families who value our mission.
What should I expect on my Student Experience Day?
Expect an enlightening half-day of attending LCA classes and activities with a current LCA student. Plan to arrive at 7:40 a.m. and check in at the Front Desk. You will then be welcomed to the Office of Admission and meet your student host for the morning. Your host will accompany you to their classes and activities throughout the morning, introduce you to teachers and other students, and help you navigate the lunch line. Don't worry! Lunch is on us! Around 12:45 PM, your host will bring you back to the Office of Admission to be picked up.
What is the dress code at LCA?
We expect that students at LCA will be well prepared for college and beyond. With this in mind, we give our students the opportunity to grow in wisdom as to their choices about personal attire. Clothing must be modest and appropriate for the workplace. As such, young men must wear collared shirts. Young women must wear tops that have a neckline that does not go lower than a hand’s width of the base of their neck. Tee shirts or sweatshirts with brand names or slogans are not allowed. Both young men and women may wear pants (including jeans) or shorts that touch their knees. Girls’ skirts or dresses must touch their knees.
What is the Admission Interview like?
Don't be scared! The Admission Interview is an informal conversation that provides students and parents the opportunity to get to know LCA on a personal level. In order to ensure that interviews are effective, they are only scheduled as the final piece of the application process (after all paperwork and test results have been submitted). Interviews typically last about one hour. The prospective student and parent(s) meet a member of the Admissions Team together for a brief introduction. After being introduced, the parents and student each meet individually with the Admissions Officer. This ensures students get the chance to let their individual talents and gifts shine through!
Are siblings automatically admitted?
We encourage current families to apply for their younger children, although each admission application is evaluated on its own merits. LCA is not always the best fit for a sibling. LCA does not currently offer multiple child discounts.
What are the hours of the school day?
School begins each morning at 7:45 AM and ends at 2:50 PM. Structured academic extra help runs from 2:50 PM until 3:20 PM each day. Upper School co-curricular activities, which meet after school, begin at 3:30 PM. Middle School activities generally occur during the school day.
How late can I pick up my child?
Many LCA students stay in the building after classes end for the day. You may find Upper School students studying in the Library, on the athletic fields, or spending time with their classmates in the hallway. For Middle School students staying past 3:30 PM, Seventh Period is a supervised environment for students to do homework, access computers, play board games, or just relax. There is no charge for middle school students participating in the Seventh Period Program. Seventh Period ends at 5:30 PM.
Are textbooks included in the tuition price?
The cost of textbooks is in addition to the tuition price. Many books can be purchased in either new or used condition through LCA’s online bookstore or through other distributors. Textbooks cost between $500-$800.
What is financial aid?
At LCA, financial aid is a grant given to qualifying families to offset the costs of an LCA education. These grants do not have to be repaid.
What is the source of financial aid funding?
We receive no federal funding; the financial aid and scholarships provided to families are made possible through multiple private sources. Most of the money comes through gifts to our Academy Fund by parents and other donors. Other funding comes from the Academy's endowment. Giving back is an integral part of LCA. It is the expectation that some day, those who have benefited by receiving financial aid will give back to LCA, enabling someone else to receive an LCA education.
Is need-based financial aid available?
Yes. LCA offers need-based financial aid. Please check the appropriate box on the application if you are interested in applying. Forms will be posted online in January and must be completed by mid-February. Forms need to be completed and returned to the Business Office by the published dates. After carefully reviewing each application, the Financial Aid Committee makes all financial aid decisions and mails out responses to students who have been accepted for admission. Please refer to the Financial Aid section for further details.
Are scholarships available to new families?
Yes. Merit-based scholarships are offered each year to recognize students' accomplishments, a number of which are set aside specifically for new students. Scholarships offered are merit-based, and criteria, application process, and award amounts are posted online. It is important to follow the instructions for each scholarship carefully and to honor the published deadline date. All scholarship applications are due February 1. Please refer to the Tuition & Scholarships section for further details.
Who can apply for financial assistance?
Families who have students entering sixth through twelfth grade are eligible to apply. Unfortunately, we cannot provide financial aid for international students.
How is financial need determined?
Financial need is determined by the difference between the tuition charged and how much the family can pay. A family’s ability to pay is determined by the Report of Parental Contribution (RFC) provided to us by the School and Student Service (SSS) for Financial Aid. The RFC report makes a general recommendation about a family’s ability to pay and does not bind us to any specific award; it is simply a guideline. Because we have limited funding for financial aid, we will never be able to meet 100% of a family’s demonstrated financial need. The Financial Aid Committee reviews the SSS information, applicable tax forms, and the Self-Report of Monthly Income, taking into consideration any unusual debts or extenuating circumstances. All information is treated as highly confidential by the committee as well as by the parents receiving the aid.
If we are divorced or separated, do both parents need to apply for financial aid?
Yes. Both parents must submit financial aid forms and tax information.
I never do my taxes until close to the April 15 deadline. How will this affect my financial aid award?
You will need to complete your taxes early enough to meet the tax submission deadline identified in the posted Financial Aid Timeline in order to be considered for financial aid. Please see the Need-Based Financial Aid page for the Timeline and more information.
Is financial aid automatically renewed?
No. It is necessary to re-apply every year, and awards may be adjusted if family financial circumstances change significantly.
Will applying for financial aid influence the admission decision?
No. Decisions regarding admission and financial aid are made at different times, by different committees.
How do you receive financial aid application forms?
All families applying for financial aid must apply directly online with SSS to be considered.
Does LCA offer any merit scholarships?
Yes, we do offer a variety of merit scholarships. The criteria for these scholarships are very specific. Please see the Scholarships page for more information.
Does LCA offer any type of tuition insurance in case my student needs to withdraw during the year?
Yes, we offer tuition insurance through Dewar Insurance. Because student withdrawals are sometimes unavoidable and all enrolled parents are under contract to pay a full annual tuition, the Tuition Refund Plan is a welcomed resource for our parents. The cost of insurance for the applicable academic year is 1.9% of total tuition and any applicable tutoring charges. Note that the level of reimbursement varies depending on the reason for withdrawal. Contact the LCA Business Office for more details on this benefit.