March 01, 2015
While LVA is certainly an excellent school, it is not for everyone. I'm currently a student in 7th grade, and have watched as many of my peers drop out due to minimal sports or the difficulty of our assignments. Regardless of your grade, a lot is expected of you. We have to take Spanish, Algebra, History, Lit and Comp, Health and Phys Ed, Science, Art, Design Tech, Reading, and some sort of Music. Most days, you can expect to have homework, projects, and tests for at least two-thirds of your classes. Luckily, our block scheduling makes it manageable. All grades are tracked on a website called Jupiter, where you and your parents can constantly see your GPA and homework. Having even one missing assignment can significantly lower your grade, and it's hard to recover if you fall behind. However, what I don't think anyone realizes is that LVA is supposed to be like this. It's an IB school, with a clear focus on academics and hardworking, intelligent students. There isn't much of a gifted or special needs program because that is the expectation. If this is what you look for in a school, than you shouldn't be bothered by the dress code, or the high standards, or the long bus rides.
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