Las Cruces Academy

We are a private school, a success starting in 2009.  We are secular, with 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, 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.

Our news: Our new academic year starts on August 12, 2021 with in-person education.  All of our teachers are fully vaccinated.  Everyone will continue to wear masks and do social distancing.  We’re welcoming continuing and new students with a new class schedule and adding several new courses.  Our schedule of important days is viewable on another page.  We continue to welcome applications for new students.

We’re happy to present our latest newsletter for the public!  And, if you missed it, here’s April’s newsletter.

Here are some of our activities of the final month (and a bit) of the 2020-21 school year

  1. Field day – fun and PE combined
  2. Students’ Earth Day posters
  3. First- and second-graders do economics hands-on
  4. Haiku – students write concise poems about animals
  5. A picnic with all of the LCA community ends the year


And here are some of our stories in the long run

  1. Yes, we teach cursive handwriting! … and touch-typing
  2. Our students had in-person education from September through May
  3. Flashy science
  4. Letters our kindergarteners wrote to the next kindergarteners

Student play, any old day

We are grateful!

Our Annual Fund 9 runs through June 30th.  We have received generous donations from 23 families, 5 businesses, the board, a former teacher, and 4 long-time friends of the school – a heartfelt “Thank you” goes out to all of them, and to donors yet to be. We’re above our initial goal; the “plus amount is an extra boos toward accreditation and purchasing our building. Find out about our matching fund!

We also just completed spending the funds from a generous grant from the Giles W. and Elise G. Mead Foundation.

We use your donations for many things:

We improve our academic program.  This year we split classes in English to give even better attention to individual students.  That added teacher time, pay, and payroll taxes.  We added teacher time in Chinese similarly.

This year we covered a lot of added costs for pandemic safety precautions – desks, outdoor canopies, sanitizer, extra Web technology.

We used the Mead Foundation funds as we noted above, for computers, teacher time, and presentation technology, reserving some for the future for more teacher time.

We have budgeted $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 current year, here.


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





LCA Events 2021 – we’ll have our yearly schedule set soon!

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