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Welcome to Las Cruces Academy's online home. We're an independent, non-profit, non-sectarian school for gifted or academically advanced children who thrive in this alternative to other schools. We are not a charter school, so we are free to implement many very effective teaching methods and policies. Please view our mission statement to see what brings us all into the Academy.
Our curriculum has been designed with a number of models and our own experience; we are essentially following the International Baccalaureate program, in which we aim to be certified down the line. Our focus is on languages, math, and science, but we fill out a strong education with a variety of other subject areas. All children learn English, Spanish, and Chinese every day. We also understand that good teachers, intellectual freedom and engagement, and a supportive social environment are the most valuable gifts we can give to students. Students have independent input into the curriculum and independent projects are an increasing focus. Please read on, and, if you wish to explore having your child join us, please visit the admissions page. We will offer middle school, grade 6, with a special curriculum, in the new semester that begins August 10th, 2015.
Of immediate interest, we trust:
Open house - Tuesday, April 14th. (In a newsletter to parents this was accidentally cited as being on the 7th; we are holding the open house on both days.) We invite the public to visit the school. In the morning, 8:30-10:00 AM, visitors can watch classes in Chinese, Singapore math, and English, talk with teachers, and view the facilities. Visitors in the afternoon, 5:30-7:00 PM, may speak with teachers and view the classrooms.
Please visit us at our upcoming off-campus activities: the International Festival on March 21st, Earth Day on April 19th, Cinco de Mayo on May 2nd and 3rd, and Barnes & Noble on May 8th and 9th.
We invite you to a video tour of the Academy, an informative 3 min 45 sec. We also invite you to view a sampler of our curriculum and our students' work. IT's also inspiring to see the reasons that parents chose to send their children to the Academy.
Please visit our blog of recent events – End-of-term performances,two of our 5th-graders passing the adult Chinese exam; donating food, sundries, and books to residents of the Community of Hope; and much more.
We have a lot of world experience to share with our students, and we also have many beautiful images of our travels to sell to help fund the school. Please visit our travel blog.
We also have an outreach to advanced high school and university levels, with interesting exercises in math and physics, plus essays.
We're currently an early K to 6th-grade school. If you wish to go straight to Admissions, please click here. We're also pleased that we now offer early kindergarten.
Our first summer camp will be offered daily 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, from July 6th through 24th, at the school. The camp is open to all children from the area of grades 3 and above. David Sanchez-Raffo will lead students in creating a Spanish musical theatre presentation for the public. Students will write the script, design the sets, act, sing, and dance, following the model of David's successful presentations in Spain and France. The cost of the camp, ages of students eligible to participate, and other details will be forthcoming.
We are supported by tuition, currently $7938 per year (partial scholarships available), the financial investment of founder and Head of School Dr. Lou Ellen Kay, and generous donations of funds, goods, and services by our students' parents, the students themselves, our teachers, local businesses, and community friends, for which we are very grateful. We are able to set about 3.5% of total tuition set aside for partial scholarships.
Phonics helps our students, as it has for years. Our teachers in grades K-2 work with students every day on phonics.
A recent article in Scientific American highlights why we serve children who have high potential to be informed and compassionate leaders and who come from all different socioeconomic levels.
High-tech facilities: We have a networked weather station and we have a real-time satellite image download station for the NOAA-18 and -19 satellites (also planned to be networked! We also have an automated high-resolution optical microscope with control and image-recognition programs.
High-tech scheduling:. We programmed the advanced mathematical technique of simulated annealing to schedule our classes. See why and how.
Please see our new public newsletters, with abundant news and images of the Academy for May - October 2013 (top listing) and June 2012 - May 2013 (second listing). This link opens in a new window or tab. NOTE: This link is dated and is under revision.
The navigation bar at right leads you to much more detail about our philosophy and curriculum (or click here). We also are pleased to share news of what is happening at the school currently. We started the second semester of our sixth year of classes on Thursday, January 8th, 2015, with students in grades K-5. Our fifth year began on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013, for grades K-6 plus early kindergarten. You can see the list of our events on our calendar. You can also make an appointment by calling our Head of School. To find us at our new location, see our map.
Comments from parents & students have rewarded us for our efforts. Please click here to see a selection.
Outreach to the community and the public schools is mandated by our Articles of Incorporation. A concrete plan is for our students themselves to develop and run a public museum. In this effort they will use a number of scientific and cultural artifacts that the Academy founders, Drs. Lou Ellen Kay and Vincent Gutschick, have acquired in their scientific careers and in travels to 36 nations. You can sample our travel images from Indonesia and Costa Rica. As a kick-off for our outreach, we have written a series of one-page light essays on interesting topics in science. These are located here.
Our financial status is open for inspection. To see the documents, please visit our page on our Annual Fund.
We are proud members of the Hispano Chamber of Commerce, the Green Chamber of Commerce, and the High Tech Consortium, and we thank them for the great support they have given us.
If you are a potential donor to the Academy, please consider augmenting the scholarship fund, capital fund, or our general fund. We plan to grow to a full pre-K - 12 school over the years, with your help. If you wish to donate, please visit our Giving page, or call, write, or email us. Thanks!
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