August 21, 2015
Academics & Environment: For the most part, the staff handles the students well and offer challenging course work. The teachers are caring and well prepared. The great majority of the kids that go there are well behaved and bright.
On the downside, students that are related to anybody on LCS staff or administration are unabashedly given special treatment and accolades. Who's going to get that plum part in a play? Wonder who's going to get exactly what instrument they want in band? Wonder who's going to get awards left and right? No need to wonder - it will be any student associated with the staff, administration, LCU (yes - LCU), board or donor. If you're not associated this group or cannot afford to donate a trunk load of spare cash to LCS, forget about it. You just have to accept it and explain as best as you can to your kids. At least they'll learn some harsh and blatant life lessons along with learning in a Christian environment.
And, that leads me to sports. If you wonder who is going to get the bulk of the playing time in a sport or who gets the 'cherry' positions, look first to the same criteria as academics: Which kid is related to staff, administration, board or donor. Then, look at who is coaching (at least at the middle school level) . At the Middle School level, LCS lets parents coach, and the reason that the parents coach is so they can put their kids in whatever position they want. Not even a pretense of a 'tryout', just give the plum position to your kid. So if you want to ensure your kid gets that coveted position, go coach at LCS Middle School so you can put your kid where he wants to play. There are no qualms at all at LCS about playing 'daddy-ball', 'mommy-ball' or 'money-ball'. I thought that experiencing all these issues in youth programs (softball, baseball, basketball, soccer, football) that they would fade at the middle school and high school level. But unfortunately they don't at LCS. If anything, it is exacerbated.
At the end of the day, at least your child can still read and learn from the Bible there and be associated with good, well behaved kids.
- submitted by a parent