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 10th Annual Fund is rolling. We share our goals, monetary and aspirational, with our CA families, friends, Board, and corporate friends.  Among the purposes to which we’ll dedicate the funds are ❶ getting ready for accreditation at the highest standards with the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest – covering expenses of full documentation of all our curricula and of an audit; ❷ closing in on our capital fund for purchasing the fine building we currently lease; ❸ boosting further our academic programs with new equipment and supplies; ❹ and upgrading our playground and PE equipment. All of us at the school are involved, while LCA grandparent has taken on the lead as Co-Chair.  You can read his inspiring call to this opportunity on this link.

Community meeting: On Friday, December 10th, our families got together in the school for the first time since COVID-19 hit, and it was a success.  We all wore our masks and spaced ourselves apart, fluidly.  The big event was the food drive for donating to beloved local charity Casa de Peregrinos. Different classes competed, with grades 1 & 2 posting an impressive win – and the other classes also did so well. Much work by students was on display, with new work of note being posters that students made for different US states and many pages of cursive writing that we teach as a life skill.  Click on any image in the carousel here to see the full frame, enlarged.

The Fall 2021 semester has been very busy and productive with in-person learning under very good precautions against COVID-19.  After-school activities are thriving. The theater club and Lego club are back in operation!  We’ll have pictures and a story soon. Meanwhile,Wei Tang’s math club for our students in grades 3 & 4 keeps up its momentum.  NMSU Professor Tang leads the students through tough and clever problems, which are also posted on his website.  Linked here is some live footage of students working on one problem in which they have to move one pen stroke to make an equation read correctly.  Wei’s sense of fun shows up in many notable activities in his courses and in outreach to other schools.

Here’s a glimpse into the high-level English classes in which teacher Elizabeth Brasher engages students.  The audio in this video is a bit low, but the quality of the course is apparent.



Fun for the kindergarteners – making rhythm poems.  Teacher Katie Bushma gave them the opportunity.  Here’s one.


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 new virtual group photo:


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

Student play, any old day

We are grateful!

Our Annual Fund 9 finished on June 30th with 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 boost toward accreditation and purchasing our building. Find out about our matching fund! We now are registered as well with for corporate matching donations and with for stock donations.

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; we added a section in Chinese, similarly.  This year we raised teacher pay 3.5%, being one of the few businesses fortunate enough to do so. That added teacher time, pay, and payroll taxes.

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

Last year 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 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





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

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