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One of the most important ingredients in the success of a hybrid-model school is an available parent who can support 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.
At the secondary level, LCA allows a student to advance by course mastery, not age or grade level alone. Seventh through twelfth grade students may advance one grade level in math or science, and eighth through twelfth 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.
In the elementary school, students spend no more than one hour per subject at home in the “satellite classroom” at home. In the secondary school, for every hour spent in class, the student will need to spend one hour to 1 ½ hours on that subject in the satellite classroom. Honors, AP, and dual-credit courses will require additional time.
Please note that the above times are a general estimate and may vary per individual student and their specific needs.
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 course objectives, a course syllabus, supplies needed, and how grades are determined. Also vitally important are 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.
Present tracking of existing models indicates that LCA costs twenty-five to fifty percent less than the average traditional private school.
Despite admission policies aimed at average students, LCA students score higher on college entrance tests than the average scores nationwide.
Texas State SAT average 2020: 1020
LCA’s SAT average 2020: 1174
Texas State ACT average 2020: 20.2
LCA’s ACT average 2020: 24.4
LCA has graduated twenty-two National Merit Scholars and two National Hispanic Scholars.
Graduates from LCA report overwhelmingly that they were extremely well prepared for their freshman college classes. First of all, the schedule, work ethic, and study skills needed in college were dynamics to which they were already accustomed. Secondly, they were prepared academically, as the hybrid model course content was consistently more than adequate to prepare them for college. It also has not been uncommon for LCA students to begin college with transferable credits from AP classes, CLEP, or dual-credit college courses.
Students from LCA have had no difficulty gaining entrance to colleges and universities nationwide. Academic staff stays informed of the current and projected entrance requirements for major four-year universities, allowing LCA to be sure that the school’s course offerings are meeting or exceeding college entrance standards. In addition, LCA 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.
The majority of our 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. In total, the LCA class of 2020 with 37 students received $2,525,942 in scholarship monies.