Las Cruces Academy


We are a private school, a success starting in 2009.  We are secular, having no religious affiliation. We offer classes from early kindergarten to 8th grade.  We are noted for our advanced academics, small class sizes, custom placement of students, a safe and supportive environment, abundant teaching resources, our Chinese and Spanish curriculum, Singapore math, a very diverse student body, cultural enrichment, community outreach, and our involved and generous parentsOur About page has much more to relate.

We started the new academic year on August 17thYou can download a PDF of our calendar here (this might fail in Chrome; if so, try Firefox, DuckDuckGo, etc.). Here’s a note about our first four weeks, as of September 13th… and about the new run of after-school clubs.

Great work by students: three students and a teacher presented their study of extreme high temperatures to the Dona Ana County Commission on Tuesday, September 13th.




In April our students took the Iowa Assessments Form E.  As in previous years the results were rewarding to the students and to our teachers. There’s a post in the scrolling list below (until it runs off at number 25!), and a permanent link is here.

We are pleased to report another success story. Arabella Camunez graduated from the Las Cruces Academy in 2018 and will soon graduate from Arrowhead Early College High here in town. She was accepted at 15 universities, including Caltech, Columbia, and Cornell, just to note the “C’s.” She has chosen Caltech, where she will study chemical engineering and political science for a career envisioned in renewable energy and then environmental policy. She had a great career with us; we note her participation in a very high-level project involving chemistry, electronics, Python programming, and creative writing . Congratulations, Arabella! All of our other graduates are also doing well.

On a more proximate time scale, teacher and Deputy Head of School Elizabeth Brasher has created a guide for students for choosing a high school. It’s a big help for a big step. We share it with parents who have children in the public schools.



We are grateful!

Our 10th Annual Fund finished very well on une 30, 2022. We share our goals, monetary and aspirational, with our CA families, friends, Board, and corporate friends. Twenty-five LCA families donated gladly, along with Board members, friends, and corporate matching programs. The Fund is used toward accreditation and a capital fund, and our recent investments in improving our programs.  One notable purchase is a set of high-quality chimes on the diatonic scale for music teaching. Find out about our matching fund! We now are registered as well with for corporate matching donations and with for stock donations.

Some recent posts! Click on a post’s name to see a thumbnail image; click on the image to see the post content.  This list is rich while being 25 lines long; if you wish, you can skip to the next section, and perhaps come back here later.

To see all posts, click here.  Click on Read more on any image to see the content.

A student endorsement: In our World Culture class the beloved alma mater, Caltech, for teacher and Board Chair, Vince, came up as rated the #2 university in the world. A student asked, “Who was number one?”  Vince replied, “Oxford.” The student said this school, the Las Cruces Academy, should be rated number one.  Alas, we’re not a university, but we thank our students for their regard for us and his fellow students.

There’s more, so stay tuned.

We’ve taken photos of all the students and teachers. Vince created a collage of all the faces for our facebook page; here’s the virtual group photo from October, 2021; we’ll have a new one for the 2022-23 school year shortly:


We’re happy to present our latest newsletter for the public!  And, if you missed them, here are the September newsletter and the June newsletter.

Student play, any old day


We use your donations for many things:

We improve our academic program.  Last year we added sections in English to give even better attention to individual students.  This year we raised teacher pay 4%, being one of the few businesses fortunate enough to do so. That added teacher pay and payroll taxes, which we’re happy to bear – we have accomplished, dedicated, caring teachers.

We are using $11,000 for the exhaustive documentation of our curriculum for our application for accreditation with the best and most demanding private school accreditor, the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest.

We run well and keep tuition moderate because of the many volunteer services provided by our LCA parents, grandparents, students, teachers, Board members, and friends of the school.

We’re revising our donor acknowledgment webpage.  See the first results, for the prior year, here.

As a public educational charity under section 501(c)(3) of IRS regulations, our current financial statement and our IRS form 990 are a matter of public record.


Our students and their parents have a real affection for the school:

“We are beyond grateful to you and all the staff at LCA for all that you do to create a magical, fun and safe environment for our kids…We are so proud of both girls and look forward to many more years of laughter and learning at LCA.” – Kimberly

“We really appreciate all you do for the students & families of LCA.  You’re a wonderful school director, teacher, and friend.  Have a restful summer!  I can’t wait to see you again in the fall.” – Brigit

“Thank you so much for being an awesome science and cursive teacher! [Lou Ellen]  I really enjoyed learning about atoms! (And everything else).  I will miss you this summer!  Thank you for making LCA.  It’s the best school ever!” – Cailin

Thank you and all the wonderful teachers for keeping kids engaged in learning! – Yumiko Isoyama

I just want to say that you and your staff have done a wonderful job with the remote learning. There have been plenty of activities to keep them engaged and Emily has enjoyed all her zoom meetings. – Bridget Mitchell

I hope I’ve said this before, but, thank you, and all the teachers for everything you do for our children. You’ve always done a lot, but now more than ever, you and your peers have stepped up beyond all reasonable expectations to provide for our kids and we’re forever thankful for that. – Doug Petranoff

Thanks for a great school year, the upheaval notwithstanding! – Audrey Ezeh

 It’s good to know how hard it is to teach young children and keep them focused. Teachers are doing amazing work at school! – Yumiko Isoyama

We are so grateful for all that you do and the wonderful education you provide for our children- Carolyn Bowman





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