LPA is a warm and welcoming place that gives students the confidence to excel and achieve their personal best. It all starts with a strong, community-based culture—supported by dedicated teaching professionals and a top-ranked academic program.

Academics:

  • LPA’s program is designed to excite students’ interest in learning and encourage them to achieve their personal best.
  • LPA leads students to develop content knowledge as well as the ability to put that knowledge to use in new and creative ways.
  • Students dive into project-oriented learning to utilize critical thinking.
  • Students work in collaborative groups throughout the day.
  • They receive instruction at multiple levels, tailored to support those who are accelerated, gifted, on target or struggling.
  • In addition to core academic classes, physical education, art, technology and music are key to instruction each week at LPA.

Success by the numbers (2020-2021):

  • 78% of students in 1st-8th grade are at or above grade level in Math (iReady), up 14% in just two years. More than 1/3 of students are ABOVE grade level!
  • 78% of students in 2nd-7th grade are at or above grade level in Reading (iReady), up 11% in two years. Nearly 1/2 of students are ABOVE grade-level!
  • 85% of students in 5th-7th grades are at or above grade level in Science (NWEA), up 16% in two years.

Culture:

  • LPA is a Diverse by Design school with students of many races, nationalities and socio-economic backgrounds. Such diversity creates a stronger and more inclusive community that benefits from the knowledge and perspectives of many different people.
  • LPA is a supportive, connected community where each person is valued and offers insight that elevates the learning and understanding of everyone in our community.
  • Students, families and staff are given a choice and voice in daily and long-term opportunities.
  • Each student is known and valued for who they are.
  • Each student is encouraged to excel and become their personal best.
  • LPA prioritizes social-emotional learning for both students and staff.
  • To support student learning, LPA uses a Responsive Classroom-based management model that includes logical consequences and problem-solving strategies.
  • Families are active in the school through PTO and other volunteer opportunities, including 25 hours of service to support the school community.
  • We so believe in our approach to better education that the children of our teachers, administrators and support staff attend here.

Success by the numbers:

  • 94% student attendance.
  • More than 70% of LPA parents rate our school positively in our annual parent surveys.
  • 94% of elementary school parents and 60% of middle school parents attend parent-teacher conferences.
  • 100% of students connect with animals to support learning and social emotional health. LPA has fish, a leopard gecko, a rabbit and a dog. Animal companions can help calm students, improve focus and inspire creativity.
  • 25% of students receive individual counseling and 33% benefit from group counseling. LPA has two full-time counselors on staff.
  • 100% of students benefit from guidance lessons provided by the counseling staff. Lessons include identifying positive relationships, learning about mental health awareness by discussing such topics as grief and loss, building skills to prevent bullying and educating children on suicide awareness.
  • 87% of students use sensory supports such as headphones, weighted vests or lap pads, alternative seat options and more.
  • Less than 5% of LPA students were suspended in the 2019-2020 school year, less than 1% in the elementary school.
  • Suspension rates decrease each year, which is particularly powerful as the number of students (including older ones) increases

LPA Teachers and Staff:

  • Expert teaching professionals guide LPA students to make strong academic gains, no matter where their academic performance is when starting their academic journeys.
  • Teachers are the heart of LPA and help ensure students are challenged and supported.
  • Teachers attend several weeks of Professional Learning Institute every summer and two hours of professional development each week after school.
  • At LPA teachers are the decision makers, serving on committees, helping with hiring and creating policy.
  • Teachers and staff focus on social-emotional learning for students and themselves.

Success by the numbers:

  • On average, 83% of LPA staff return each year.
  • 3.3 years is the average length of time employed at LPA.
  • 56% of our staff have been at LPA since their role existed. As a growing team, we add new roles each year.
  • 31% of the LPA school staff identify as people of color.
  • 38% of LPA staff serve on committees that drive the strategic plan.

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