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Annual Events

17 November , 2018- Book fair for the LCA at Barnes & Noble in the Mesilla Valley Mall

8 December, 2018, starting at 5 PM – End-of-term performance and potluck supper

22 – 26 April, 2019, before and after school – Scholastic Book Fair

11 May, 2019, starting at 5 PM – End-of-term performance and potluck supper

24 May, 2019 – Last day of school; there will be an all-school picnic at noon

29 May, 6-8:30 PM – Food for Thought, our big community event and fundraiser


Our scrollable calendar is always here on this News and Events page.  We  also provide this printable, 1-page, full-year calendar in color, as a PDF file; black text on white is for notes about semester starts and ends; blue background indicates breaks with no classes; open house events are on the salmon background, while green is for events for our whole LCA Community.


Open house, September

On Tuesday, September 10th: The Las Cruces Academy is holding an open house, 8-10 AM and 5:30-6:30 PM, at the school, 1755 Avenida de Mercado in Mesilla. You can meet with our Head of School, Dr. Lou Ellen Kay, in ...
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Labor Day 2019

It’s Labor Day.  We salute our hardworking teachers –
  • Elizabeth Brasher (English, writing, music, social studies, Assistant Head of School, theater and engineering clubs);
  • Arielle Lane (early kinder and kindergarten, 1&2 reading, fitness, garden club, overseeing applications and admissions) ...
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New academic year, added teacher

The new academic year starts on August 8th! We’re proud to announce a new Spanish teacher, Yolanda Guevara. Yolanda just rejoined us for the upcoming 2019-20 academic year, having taught Spanish in our first year of operation.  She stepped out ...
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Teaching cursive writing, and science at the same time

Cursive writing isn’t a lost skill at the Las Cruces Academy.  Head of School Lou Ellen Kay teaches cursive to students in 1st grade and up.  They can then take notes more rapidly than by printing, they can read historic ...
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Welcoming new students for 2019-2010

There are still open places in kindergarten and grades 3-8; grades 1&2 are projected to be nearly full. What are we offering to our students?   We provide a high-quality education at the level that is both supportive and challenging.  We ...
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The 2019-2020 year is just around the corner!

How did LCA students wrap up 2019? Our students shone in the Iowa Assessments, averaging individually in the 88th percentile nationally.  LCA students who tested in both 2018 and 2019 showed an average gain of 1.7 grades per year. We ...
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Stellar results on Chinese test

10 July 2019 This May, seven of our students in grades 2-7 took the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) exam, a test of proficiency in the Mandarin Chinese language including both reading and listening comprehension components. Their performance was stellar:

A break, and sharing culture

Our webmaster was on travel for a well-earned vacation for a month. We'll have frequent posts now. Here are several photos from the trip, a cultural tour in Croatia and Greece.  You may well recognize the Acropolis; another image is ...
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Another year!

The new academic year: Classes start on August 8th, coincident with the LCPS schedule. We're looking forward to another very successful year for our students in grades early kindergarten through 8. We're exceptionally strong in languages (English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese), ...
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Open house for July

11 July 2019: It's open house time again, as every 2nd Thursday (other than in June).  We'll be at the school from 11 AM to 1 PM.  Come see what we offer to students and to the community.  We're at ...
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