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North Campus Grades 5 - 9

Academics

Education gives children the opportunity to learn from great minds of the past (e.g. Aristotle, Thomas Jefferson, Galileo, and others).  When understood, this gift allows students to create a better future for themselves and the world they live in.

Quality education should embrace and magnify a child’s innate curiosity to learn. LPA strives to provide a strong foundation of knowledge and learning skills to support the educational path a student may choose to pursue.  Classical education constructs this foundation by giving priority to mastery of mathematics and language arts.  Emphasizing fine arts will strengthen the learning process and develop a creative and reasoning mind.

Parental involvement is crucial to a child’s academic success.  LPA will do all in its power to encourage meaningful parental participation. Collaboration among the student, parent, and educator is also an essential component for success.  School hours, methods of communication, and homework schedules are designed to recognize the importance of family time and support.

Character education is imperative to the creation of a responsible and contributing member of society.  LPA’s educational environment will support the development of positive character traits such as respect, integrity, and hard work.  The fusion of intellect and character will enable the student to become a productive and conscientious citizen.

Student academic achievement is the primary goal of LPA.  We believe that when students are fluent in the basic foundational knowledge of the major disciplines they can move on to effectively express their knowledge and master higher-level skills.  Therefore, the foundation of our instruction will focus on mastery of fundamentals.   

We define mastery as the ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills repeatedly and accurately.  This requires repeated instruction in the subject matter, increasing the degree of challenge and considerable practice.  As our students master the fundamentals, our instruction will focus on sequential building of conceptual knowledge and promoting independent expression of knowledge.  Finally, our instruction will focus on individual internalization of conceptual knowledge, expressed in extensive written work and verbal presentation, to prepare our students for advanced study at the college level.

These levels of instruction and knowledge attainment follow the classical education model of the Trivium – grammar, logic and rhetoric. LPA respects this well-founded, proven educational model and uses it in selecting and implementing the school’s curriculum.

Our academic policies support our academic mission and philosophy. An important and vital component of academic achievement is that of organization of student work.  LPA students will be given tools and training that will assist them in becoming independent students and in organizing their school work, maximizing the potential for them to succeed.
"Before I bring this short treatise to a close I would urge you to consider the function of Letters as an adornment of leisure. ... To each species of creatures has been allotted a peculiar and instinctive gift. To horses galloping, to birds flying, comes naturally. To man only is given the desire to learn. Hence what we call 'studia humanitatis.' For learning and training in Virtue are peculiar to man; therefore, our forefathers called them 'Humanitas,' the pursuits, the activities, proper to mankind. And no branch of knowledge embraces so wide a range of subjects as that learning which I have now attempted to describe."

Battista Guarino from Concerning the Order and the Method to be Observed in Teaching and in Reading the Classical Authors