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Louisville Classical Academy

Private | 3-12 | 60 students

LCA is Louisville's only secular classical liberals arts school.

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $200,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $720.

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5 stars

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Posted December 13, 2013

Imagine a school where the lessons are challenging, poor behavior is not tolerated, and the homework load is heavy. Also, the children are happy, relaxed, comfortable in their own skin, respected for their opinions and individuality, and quite willing to do the homework because it is interesting and stimulating. LCA is such a school. We couldn't be more pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

Louisville Classical Academy fits our family just right. We all love the five day schedule of three and a half days in class plus one and a half days of faculty supervised homework study hall and optional electives. The classes are interesting and engaging. The improvement we see each year in math, reading, and writing skills always exceeds our expectations. LCA's high school curriculum is the best in Louisville, and our rising 9th grader is excited about staying. Come check it out!
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Posted November 3, 2011

This school is perfect for our son! He is placed in classes according to his ability and challenged everyday! The teachers are so observant of his needs and talents! This is a place that students can come to learn in a fun and intellectual environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2011

Our family was looking for a school that would truly educate our children using a rigorous curriculum in a respectful and supportive atmosphere. We believe we have found these qualities in the Louisville Classical Academy. The small class sizes allow the teachers to focus on teaching while producing respectful, responsible, and educated young minds. Even more, the staff are themselves well educated and really seem to share their love and knowledge of different subject matter with the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2011

We're so impressed with LCA! We had our sons in another Classical K-12 school in Louisville and the difference between the two is amazing. Our sons noticed it and one commented, "My homework takes longer now because I have to THINK when I do it." Both schools said they emphasized critical thinking but LCA actually does it. LCA teaches the kids how to learn and they strive to develop a love of learning--it's not the typical approach of memorization/regurgitation and regimentation. The teachers each have deep knowledge and experience in their discipline and truly love teaching. They get to know each child as an individual and they focus on what issues and challenges that child confronts. Best of all, parents are encouraged to participate in decision making and in all aspects of the school: the three founders who run the school assume that parents have great ideas, want to participate in their children's education, and have knowledge/skills that can add value to the school. LCA is the best kept secret in Louisville but it won't be for long.
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Posted October 28, 2011

My son has attended for three years and we are impressed with how much the school has done to support his education. He is in high school and is taking advanced but interesting courses. He wanted to take Calculus BC, which no one else in town offers at the High School level, but at LCA his personal learning needs were emphasized--so right now he is learning Calculus BC. He is taking advanced classes in history, English and Science. His writing skills, which were already strong, have gotten much stronger at LCA as a result of the small classes and the thoughtful discussions each day in class. And grammar! Learning Latin and Greek has forged a very strong understanding of how language works and how to construct a grammatically correct sentence. I teach at the college level and grammar is something many of my students stumble over because it is just not taught in schools at any depth. At LCA, students learn. Last year, he took Physics and got to build his own physics experiments--which was fabulous. Another great feature of the school is the way that they build an understanding of history, from the ancient world to modern science, that helps students understand WHY things happened.
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Posted July 21, 2011

LCA is the best kept secret in Louisville! It has the best and most rigorous curriculum in the city, learned and caring teachers, many of whom have Ph.Ds, small class sizes, reasonable tuition, and the kids are happy! My daughter blossomed the day she walked in the school in the fourth grade, and as a seventh grader she is still thriving. Students at LCA learn Greek and Latin; read Shakespeare and other great authors, and receive a fabulous, thorough and engaging education in history. The math and science programs are challenging and the teachers can take an individual student to levels as advanced as the student needs. It's a content-rich, demanding curriculum that takes place in a warm, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We love LCA!
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College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Waldorf
Hayfield Montessori
Highland Latin School
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
Christendom College
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Governor's Cup, Regional Champion (2013)
  • Kentucky Junior Classical League Champion (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Greek
  • Latin
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:40 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Shelly Ward
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Waldorf
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Greek
  • Latin
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • Game club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
38
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
40
Students typically come from these schools
Waldorf
Hayfield Montessori
Highland Latin School

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$2000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
Christendom College
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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2005 Douglass Boulevard
Louisville, KY 40205
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Phone: (502) 228-7787

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