What to expect at LPA for the 2015-2016 School Year

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Each new school year brings exciting changes and fresh ideas. At the root of all the new, there is also the underlying foundation. As LPA heads into our third year, we hold tightly to the strong community we have built where people not only know each other, but respect and appreciate people for who they are. We are a tight-knit community.

At our base is also the belief that all children can (and will) achieve ambitious academic and personal outcomes. This year, 75% of our students are performing at or above grade level in reading (51% above grade level and 24% at grade level). In Math, 68% of our students are performing at or above grade level. And while our academic growth is wonderful; as a school we are even more proud of the intangible growth our students have made personally. We have seen them embrace Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy and Self-Control (CARES). We have seen our kids caring for each other in profound ways. This is what makes LPA, LPA.

As wonderful as our program has been in the first 2 years, we also know we have places to grow. In the 2015-2016 school year, we will change our school day to reflect a more traditional setting where students will be engaged in academic learning from 8:00 am-3:00 pm. We will still offer before-care from 7:00 am-8:00 am and aftercare from 3:15-6:00pm. We will still offer our teachers abundant professional development, including weekly all-staff time on Thursday evenings.

We will also spend the next year in a new facility. This new place will allow a majority of our program to be on one floor (similar to our first year)! It means open classrooms with lots of windows and more parking for families in the surrounding area. Our team visited the new facility earlier this week and is already putting together plans to welcome our students to this new space.

We continue to tout that we have the best team around. Next year is no different. We will add two new homeroom teachers, two new specialists, a new Special Education teacher, a new Teacher’s Assistant and a third administrator as Dean of Students. The 2015-2016 school year represents the most experienced, diverse staff we have had at LPA and we are thrilled about our collective team. Our teachers, in particular, make LPA a great place. Our teachers are phenomenal and are excited to begin a new year. They are already hard at work creating unit plans, experiments and field trips.

2015-2016 is looking to be an exciting year for LPA! Don’t be a stranger. We are always happy to see you at school or over the summer. If you’re interested in planning a play date, please let us know!