Our upper school program cultivates students who are equipped to succeed. We provide intentional academic and college advising, and we offer a rigorous roster of AP, honors, and college prep courses. Our students pursue their passions through robust arts programs, competitive athletics, and special academic and career exploration opportunities like concentrations and senior internships.
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Concentrations provide opportunities for students to enhance our liberal arts curriculum by exploring an area of interest in greater depth. Students may select a concentration in the second semester of 9th grade, and they continue to work in subsequent years to meet the requirements.
Currently we offer Concentrations in the following areas of study:
- Arts (visual, vocal, instrumental or theatre sub-topics)
- Global Studies
At LCA, all courses are taught at the college preparatory, honors or advanced placement levels.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES (AP) progress at the most rigorous pace. The course syllabus is approved by the College Board and determined by the AP test. AP courses are taught at the college level and require additional independent work. Most AP courses require summer work in preparation for the course.
HONORS COURSES (H) are intended for students who achieve at a superior level and are comfortable with independent work. Students are expected to use higher-level thinking skills. These courses require more complex assignments that students are expected to manage on their own, seeking help when needed.
COLLEGE PREPARATORY (CP) refers to all other courses. These courses focus on the skills and knowledge needed for success at a wide range of colleges and universities. Students in these courses are challenged through a variety of learning experiences with more direct support from the teacher.
Highly motivated students who have a diagnosed, mild learning disability may be admitted to the Academy on the condition that they participate in the Special Education Learning Center’s tutorial support. Middle School and High School students accepted to LCA with this conditional support must have a current Educational/Psychological evaluation made available to the school which identifies and documents the needs.
This support service provides one to one sessions which address the specific educational needs of each student in the context of their college preparatory classroom curriculum. Methodologies are tailored to students and their individual diagnoses. Education Plans are updated annually and reports of progress are provided each marking period. Students transition out of support when they achieve their Learning Objectives in a given year. LCA does not offer a modified curriculum or remedial instruction.