Q. My wife and I both work full-time outside our home. Would UM work for us?Answer: One of the most important ingredients in the success of the University-Model® school is an available parent who can properly work with the student. For a family in which both parents work outside the home on a full-time basis, a more traditional school is the better choice.
Q. Is it possible for my student to take classes at differing grade levels in a UM?Answer: At the secondary level, LCA allows a student to advance by course mastery, not age or grade level alone. Seventh through 12th grade students may advance one grade level in math or science and 8th-12th grade students may be behind one grade level in math or science. Elementary students may not take classes at differing grade levels due to the block scheduling of classes.
Q. I have children in several different grade levels. How much time will each need to spend doing school work on their days at home?Answer: In general, for every hour spent in class, the student will need to spend an additional hour to an hour and a half on that subject in the "satellite classroom" at home. Honors courses will require additional time.
Q. Since parents are team teaching with the teachers at school, how does communication take place between the two?Answer: Communication between teachers and parents plays a vital role at LCA. First, each course is described, along with its prerequisite and parent role, in the catalog. The parent role is defined for each course so that parents understand the required level of assistance for their children. Secondly, on the first day of class each semester, instructors provide course documents describing how grades are determined, supplies needed, the course objectives, and a course syllabus. Also, vitally important are the required weekly assignment sheets that are prepared by the teacher to be taken home and reviewed by the parent with the student. Instructions to parents are included as part of these assignment sheets as are long-term study projects that are forthcoming, such as research papers. Parents are also encouraged to communicate any of their questions to the teacher as needed. Teachers also tell their parents how best to communicate with them (email or phone) at the beginning of the semester.
Q. How does the cost differ between full-time traditional private schools and University-Model schools?Answer: Present tracking of existing models indicates that University-Model private schools should be 25 to 50 percent less in cost than the average traditional private school.
Q. How are UM students doing on college entrance tests?Answer: Despite admission policies aimed at average students, the University-Model students score higher on college entrance tests than the average scores nationwide. LCA 2015 graduates had an average ACT composite score of 26. The 2012 national ACT average composite score was 21.1 and the Texas average was 20.8. LCA has graduated 15 National Merit Scholars and 2 National Hispanic Scholars.
Q. What do the graduates from University-Model schools say about how well high school prepared them for college?Answer: Graduates from University Model schools report overwhelmingly that they were extremely well prepared for their freshman college classes. The schedule, work ethic, and necessary study skills were dynamics to which they were already accustomed. Secondly, they were prepared academically as the UM course content was consistently more than adequate to prepare them for college. It also has not been uncommon for many UM graduates to begin college with several college credits already on their transcript, having placed out of certain courses by virtue of their high school preparation.
Q. Are colleges accepting students from University-Model schools? What makes them attractive to colleges over other students?Answer: Students from University-Model schools have had no difficulty gaining entrance to colleges and universities nationwide. Academic staff stay informed of the current and projected entrance requirements of the major four year universities, allowing school officials to be sure that the University-Model school course offerings are meeting or exceeding college entrance standards. In addition, University-Model school students are attractive to colleges because of their strong work ethic, successful study habits, leadership skills, and character as demonstrated through various student activities - academic, athletic, artistic, and governmental.
Q. Are University-Model students receiving scholarships from colleges?Answer: The majority of UM graduates have been awarded scholarships for academic achievement, student leadership, and athletic or artistic ability. Several LCA graduates have received full four year scholarships and even more have received partial scholarships based on their PSAT (national merit qualifying test) or SAT and ACT scores.