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The Academy: Laconia Christian Academy is located in the heart of the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire. It is a college-preparatory, non-denominational Christian day school for students in pre-school through grade twelve. LCA is an educational ministry of Laconia Christian Fellowship under the direction of an independent governing board. The Academy is comprised of three divisions: Pre-School and Kindergarten (three, four and five year olds), Lower School (grades 1-6), and Upper School (grades 7-12). Additionally, Laconia Christian Academy employs two Level III certified National Institute of Learning Development (NILD) therapists to assist students with learning challenges.
Mission: The mission of Laconia Christian Academy is to serve families by providing a Christ-centered, college-preparatory education that instills a biblical worldview in the heart and mind of each student.
Student Body: Laconia Christian Academy enrolled 91 students (2014-2015), which includes an Upper School of 38 students. The senior class of 2015 is comprised of 8 students. The Academy provides a diverse academic, socio-economic, and ethnic environment. As a SEVIS approved School, LCA typically maintains an international student population of over 10%. Over the past five years, international students from Belgium, China, Germany, Ghana, Mongolia, Rwanda, and South Korea have enrolled at LCA. The Academy emphasizes small class size (13 average, 20 maximum) and close cooperative relationships between home and school, and among students and teachers.
Academic Program: Laconia Christian Academy is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for attendance and educational programs. The Upper School is structured around eight 45 minute periods with double blocks for humanities, art, AP courses, and and lab sciences. Highlights of the upper school program include:
- Community Service. Students devote an extended afternoon each month to local community service, allowing LCA students to become aware of and engaged in meeting the needs of the community. Juniors and seniors travel to Honduras for a week each March.
- College Board Advanced Placement Courses. LCA offers the following AP courses: Chemistry (2013), Physics B (2010, 2012, 2014), Calculus AB (2008, 2010, 2013), and U.S. History (2012).
- Dual Credit. LCA juniors and seniors are offered the opportunity to earn dual-credit through the New Hampshire Community College system and the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School. American Government was offered on campus through Lakes Region Community College (2014).
- Humanities Program. The interdisciplinary Humanities courses integrate the study of theology, philosophy, history, and literature through a study of the “Great Books.” See attached upper school reading list.
- Writing Instruction. Upper School students in grades 7-9 are enrolled in competency based Grammar and Composition courses devoted wholly to the mastery of the English language and writing; student in grades 10-12 are enrolled in rhetoric courses designed to refine their writing and other rhetorical skills. The writing component of the curriculum is fully integrated into the Humanities program.
Diploma Requirements: Credit requirements for students (grades 9-12) are as follows:
|Grammar & Composition 1||2|
|Social Studies 1,2||1.5|
|Various Electives, Totaling||24|
- Credit for Bible/theology, philosophy, history, and the literature portion of the traditional English course is met through the Humanities program. Each year, in conjunction with this intensive 2 credit course, students are required to complete a year-long ½ credit course in grammar and composition or rhetoric.
- Social Studies: 1 credit in American History; ½ credit in Economics. Credit for American Government is met through Humanities III. World history and geography are also integrated into the Humanities curriculum.
- Science: 3 credits in a lab science (Conceptual Physics, Biology, Chemistry, AP Physics).
- Physical Education credit is earned through participation in inter-scholastic sports.
Grading System: Report cards are posted at the end of each quarter. Parents are given real-time access to student academic progress through an online student management system.
Class Rank: Laconia Christian Academy does not report class rank.
GPA: High school students’ weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated according to the table that follows. Students in AP and Dual Credit courses receive a 1 point GPA bump for a course grade above a C.
|Performance Level||Letter Grade||Numerical Equivalent||GPA|
|Below Passing||F||Below 65||0.0|
Standardized Testing: Students at Laconia Christian Academy have consistently scored above grade level on the Stanford Achievement Tests and Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) MAP tests. College Board SAT scores for college-bound seniors are shown below.
Athletic Participation: Laconia Christian Academy is a member of the New Hampshire Small Private School Athletic League (NHSPSAL).
Colleges Attended: Laconia Christian Academy students are encouraged to further their education. Over the past five years, more than 83% of our students have enrolled in college. The following is a partial list of colleges and post-secondary institutions which have accepted our graduates. Graduates from the classes of 2009-2014 have enrolled at the post-secondary educational institutions that are identified in bold print.
|Air Force Academy||Lakes Region Community College|
|American University||Lee University|
|Asbury University||Liberty University|
|Boston University||Messiah College|
|Calvin College||New England College|
|Case Western Reserve University||New England School of Communications|
|Cedarville University||New Hampshire Technical Institute|
|Clarkson University||New York University|
|Cornerstone University||NH Technical Institute (NHTI)|
|Covenant College||Northeastern University|
|East Coast Aerotech||Nyack College|
|Eastern College||Oral Roberts University|
|Eastern Nazarene College||Palm Beach Atlantic University|
|Emerson College||Philadelphia Biblical University|
|Emmanuel College||Plymouth State University|
|Evangel University||Point Loma Nazarene University|
|Farleigh Dickerson University||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute|
|Flagler College||Roberts Wesleyan College|
|Florida Institute of Technology||Savannah College of Art and Design|
|Genesis Discipleship Training Center||Southwestern Bible College|
|GMI Engineering & Management Institute||St. Anselm College|
|Gordon College||St. John’s College (Annapolis)|
|Grand Canyon University||Syracuse University|
|Greenville College||Taylor University|
|Harding College||University of Colorado|
|Harvard Divinity School||University of Lowell|
|Hesser College||University of Maine|
|Hofstra University||University of New Hampshire|
|Holy Cross College||University of Southern Maine|
|Houghton College||Virginia Military Institute|
|Johnson and Wales University||Wheaton College (Illinois)|
|Keene State College||Worcester Polytechnic Institute|
|King’s College||YWAM (College of the Pacific)|