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Lexington Christian Academy

Private | 6-12 | 302 students

 

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Posted July 2, 2014

My first year of highschool at LCA was AMAZING this is deffinently a great school. There are some downsides to this school, but in all honesty no school is the perfect school.There are some cliques but overall if you just be yourself you will fit in regardless and make friends easy. The student body is clearly diverse, it's pretty small and the teachers here really care about you. Also since it is small you know almost everybody even in other grades. I am older then most in my grade and sometimes I tend to enjoy hanging out with the older students more than the ones in my grade. There is a ton of parent involvement, they have parent comittee and they even have a parent prayer on wednesdays!!! Please come to LCA!! It is truly amazing the academics, social aspects, and the administration. The only downfall is that they don't have loads of sports and activities like other private schools, but all that matters is the community and how it is helping you as a person.


Posted October 9, 2013

Terrible school. My kid went to middle school and now is in a different high school. The gaps in the education at LCA are so glaring now. Unless you are a die-hard evangelical Christian or you have no other choice for your kid, DO NOT GO TO LCA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2013

LCA is for you if you: A. Struggle in a large school B. Aren't challenged in class C. Seek a friendly community D. Want to grow as a Christian A. The teachers here care about students' success, and not for the sake of MCAS scores or funding (we're an independent school). They will not let students fail. That often means staying after school until 6PM tutoring or retaking a test. Whatever it takes. Every teacher loves their subject & truly enjoy teaching. B. Taking honors/AP courses is very normal. The rigorous (yet not harshly competitive) course load encourages high levels of learning. Many students take classes with Harvard Extension if LCA does not offer the class. C. Students feel at home. Yes, friend groups form naturally, but are not exclusive "cliques." The LCA alum influence is prevalent in the faculty & is an indicator of a positive student experience. D. We learn, sing, play, & grow with the foundation of Christ's love and sacrifice. (this isn't a sermon, but if you don't get it, go to John 3:16) This will be my 6th year at LCA. I am prepared for college (thanks to the College Advising program) & look forward to supporting the school as a senior & an alumnus.


Posted May 8, 2013

Different year. Same awful place. The only good thing I can say about LCA is that it has smaller classes than public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2013

My daughter was a middle-of-the-class student at LCA, and is now a high-achieving graduate student in a very demanding curriculum. LCA was wonderful for her. The faculty supported, encouraged, and loved her through my cancer diagnosis and treatment. Educationally, spiritually, socially, we could not ask for more. Perfect? Of course not. But her tuition was the best money we ever spent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

LCA is a fantastic school. The staff and faculty really to try to make the students as happy as they can be, and encourage Christian values in every student. Addressing other comments: the "unfinished add-on" is going to be complete by the end of the 2012-2013 school year. LCA also has a very strong international program and is undergoing a Christian revival.


Posted June 26, 2012

As an International entering my senior year and attending since freshman year, I have rely grown and have loved my experience here. At first just like for many other inter. students, I felt left out, isolated and awkward adjusting to the US. But many friendly american LCA student and teacher really reached out to me and made me feel welcome. Once feting out of my shell and befriend other students (besides other inter. students), i really have enjoyed my time here. LCA has a amazing international program that has made me feel welcome and comfortable. Id recommend it to other international students or anybody looking for warm and welcoming community and school.


Posted June 26, 2012

I would definetly rate LCA as an EXCELLENT. THe teachers there have encouraged me to go farther then just finding the right answer and memorizing facts, but to challenge myself and be creative. the atmosphere is warm and nurturing. The parent body is nice with not too much "attitude" which can be found at these schools. Recommend it to anyone!


Posted June 20, 2012

My daughter has had a terrific experience at LCA. Her math skills have greatly improved, her writing abilities have grown considerably, her ability to appreciate literature and the humanities has been a joy to witness. (She's been in 2 plays already!) Furthermore, I really think her relationship with the Lord has also grown. LCA is a fun, exciting place. We are extremely satisfied with LCA and we would (and have) recommended it to many other families.
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Posted June 20, 2012

My two children have had wonderful experiences at LCA. They have been challenged academically, both in math and in language arts. Their writing ability has improved dramatically since they began attending LCA. The teachers genuinely care about the students and want them to succeed. They honestly work with the students to give them the tools they need to achieve their goals. In addition, both of my children have felt comfortable enough in their environment to try new sports, audition for select chorus, hang out with new friends and work on challenging projects with classmates. It has been a joy for the entire family!
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Posted June 14, 2012

If you are one of international students who plan to study abroad, do not go to LCA please. Lexington Christian Academy has a poor International student program that does not support foreign students academically and socially at all. Some LCA teachers ignore and criticize the international students' comments or opinions but are favorable towards the white. For example, one of the LCA teachers ruthlessly rejected what I asked or suggested without listening to me (Sadly, only two or three teachers are exceptionally good in LCA) Since LCA has not supported International students like me at all, I cried and wept all the time---however, it did not help me much. Also, If you want to be academically challenged or learn something new, do not come to LCA. Many teachers are unskillful at teaching and lazy in terms of giving school assignments or taking care of students. Therefore, many LCA classes required students to self-study instead of learning intellectual stuffs from teachers. Especially, international students who do not have parents here in the United States. Please do not come to LCA. Some LCA teachers will not support you at all because you do not have parents.


Posted June 8, 2012

To say that LCA has been a disappointment would be an understatement. Most teachers are very caring and nurturing, but few are more qualified than you would get if you taught your child yourself. Most (if not all) allow students to retake tests if they get a bad grade. Considering that you're paying $20,000+ you should be able to expect a higher caliber of instruction and accountability. They will accept anyone that applies and can pay. That means, forget about the "Christian" in the name. You have all of the same problems (cliques, drinking, bullying...) that you would find at a public school. The turnover has removed any sense of "community". The Head of School is leaving and they are so rudderless that they are nowhere near replacing him. The AD left at the last minute last August. Their athletic teams and most of their opponents are no better than a Rec League. Most coaches are new in the last 3 years and are just alums that played there or teachers filling in. Anyone that is qualified and good at their job (the like old AD) uses this place as a stepping stone! Thank God my child only has one year left. Save your money or else spend a little more and get something worth it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2012

Its a lovely school with kind teachers and students.definately worth looking into if your searching for a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2012

We sent our daughter to LCA in 6th grade because she was unhappy in her public school. It was the best thing we could have done. She has flourished there. Academically she has been increasingly challenged and enjoys her classes - she does APs and Honors classes now, in her Junior year. She expects to apply to top tier colleges. Emotionally and socially she is strong and happy. Surprisingly to us, she has developed passionate interests in music and in theater, which I am certain she would never have done if she had stayed in public school, and she has had opportunities for fabulous major roles - without being part of any 'Christian clique'. She participated in sports until 9th grade and really enjoyed that but now her other interests have taken over. Her Christian faith has developed in meaningful ways. She does meet some narrow-minded fundamentalist Christians, but that is not the atmosphere generally and is not the approach that the school generally takes. It is a place where faith is a real and relevant thing. We love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2011

After going to LCA as a student for only several years and then leaving, I can say that these recent reviews are very accurate. Although LCA gave me a great education, other aspects made school life miserable for me as well as many other students. The school accepted anyone because so few people were applying. Then, since the grades were so small, students spent almost all classes with the same people. Cliques, bullies, and social issues became very prominent. We either had to pick one group or the other, or we had no friends. Almost all of the staff was either an alumni of LCA or a parent of a former/current student. This caused many of the classes and activities including sports, theater, and music to be biased. Finally, the way religion was displayed at LCA was the major reason for leaving. Despite claiming to be non-denominational Christian, the school taught very fundamentalist beliefs. On several occasions, we were told to do "the Christian thing" and not associate with non-Christians. Some students were even mean to Catholics, saying they weren't "real" Christians. I would only recommend LCA to EXTREME fundamentalists and/or evangelicals.


Posted March 31, 2011

The reviews from 2/11 and 11/23 are absolutely accurate. Our family had a very similar negative experience at LCA. Although they claim to be non-denominational Christian, they are not. Make no mistake, this school is fundamentalist and evangelical. Intolerance of other other religions (including Catholic) and differing viewpoints by students, parents and teachers is rampant. When the economy went down, they started admitting virtually anyone who applied. Academic standards plummeted. There are many students who are mean-spirited, as mentioned below, as well as those who are disruptive due to behavioral issues. Not a good place for those who are anything except fundamentalist.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2010

The academics are excellent. However, the social environment is decidedly unChristian. With few kids per grade, the "cliques" are noticeable and several students are mean-spirited. Even the parents are generally unfriendly. In a larger school, there are more choices for finding a group of kids with whom one can fit in. At LCA, there is a definite pecking order imposed by a small group of bullies.
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Posted April 12, 2010

I have had two children attend this school. Until the last two years, this was a great school. Since the turnover of teachers last year and the implementation of new concepts brought on by the new Dean. The school is less than desirable. Focus has been shifted to unprecidented tuition hikes with nothing in return for the students. There is no auditorium, sub-par athletic facility, no weight room in fact - no weights - climbing wall closed for two years - very disapointed - will not have my last child attend next year!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2010

Strong academics, a great value system environment, and extensive extracurricular activities make LCA a great place to send your child from grades 6-12. I have 2 sons who have thrived there. Best of all the tuition is one of the lowest for prep schools in the area. However, if the price tag is a concern, the LCA team is willing to work with families to help with a variety of financial aid options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2006

My child transferred from Lexington's public high school and she absolutely love the change in atmosphere. It's so warm and welcoming, truly an inclusive school. A former ballerina, my child played soccer and lacrosse for the first time as a sophmore (something that she never could have done at LHS) The public high school is mean, competitive and devoid of discipline and values especially in the administration. LCA is a wonderful school that encourages the kids and builds strong values.
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White 56% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 21% 6%
Black 9% 8%
Hispanic 8% 16%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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48 Bartlett Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
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