The 2013 - 2014 school year is our first at LCA, and I could not have asked for a better place for my daughter. LCA is a very loving and caring environment - the teachers view themselves as part of a ministry, so they are content to teach for less money than they would make at a private school. Frankly, the people who complain about tuition costs haven't investigated many high-quality private, Christian schools lately. LCA's tuition is about HALF of what one would pay anywhere else. The school does ask for donations from parents, and offers fun programs like paying $29 dollars per year for a jeans-and-tee-shirts day every few weeks. LCA does this to help raise money for the teachers to supplement their already pathetically low salaries. I, for one, am perfectly happy to support the teachers in this manner. Everything is OPTIONAL, and never once have I or my daughter felt pressured to participate. As a practicing Christian in an otherwise Mormon community, I couldn't imagine a better place for my children. To the person complaining about the dress code, let me just say that it is a huge relief to the kids not to have to conform to peer pressure.
We felt very excited to have the opportunity to start a private school. I had 3 children that started LCA since preschool up to elementary. But come 2011-12 school year, everything went south. Tuition sky rocked, fees went up, charges for random things sneaked in, extra donation money always be asked for at least every other month. Then came questions and concerns about the teachers and students. Teachers were over worked and under paid in order to put money towards the building costs. Some teachers weren't teaching and too busy yelling at students and treating childrens disrespectfully. Students behavior started becoming out of hand and inappropriate, foul language used left and right, (including by a couple of the teachers at the students). The response was to "look the other way". This seems inexcuable for a private CHRISTIAN school where values and discipiline should be encouraged. If there was ever questions or concerns, the administration seemed uninterested, brushed it aside, said "There isn't anything we can do", or just were really unfriendly. I would not reccommend LCA. You're better off saving your money for college rather than wasting it there.
Our kids started at LCA last year in 2nd & 3rd grades. We moved from out of state and were unhappy with the large class sizes in the public schools. They had a good first year at LCA and we have enrolled them again for this coming year. I agree, the fundraising is excessive and they put the stress on the kids, not the parents, which I don't agree with. The teachers have been amazing and that along with the Bible study, are the reasons we stay. The Principal is fantastic, but I agree the overall Administration/Office Staff come across rude, and seems to have no clue when it comes to customer service. If enrollment is important to them, you wouldn't know it by their actions. Enrollment has dropped considerably for the 12-13 year so maybe they will do some self reflection.. But the way we see it, the teachers are who our kids deal with and they have been fantastic. So if we have to deal with rude Administration then that's something we are willing to do. Overall, considering the few options here in Northern Utah, we are happy with LCA. However, if the drop in enrollment negatively effects the student to teacher ratio we will end up looking for another school.
@ the person who commented about the "mandatory" cheer pictures. You know as well as I do that the Team Hazen pictures were completely optional and done in good taste. Bell pictures were also available later in the year; these did not include hair and makeup and were more affordable. If you're going to complain about something, get your facts straight. I take great pride in how I ran that program and always had my girls' best interest at heart. -Coach Buck
Our family has been very happy at this school. We are a military family and it is our fourth elementary school in the past six years. The teachers are wonderful & truly care about & invest in our children..... this is easy to do with the smaller class sizes - no more than 20, so we love the one on one attention they get as well as how well the teachers know each child and can easily handle any problems as they arise. LOVE it and feel you cannot go wrong with a Christian education!!
First year at this school and so far not a fan. While I love the learning environment they rpovide, I am SICK of the fundraising. Every other week the school is asking for money in addition to the tuition. If you are involved in extra cirricular activities it is even worse. $60 for mandatory cheerleading photos where 3rd graders get their hair and makeup done. Are you kidding me? As a Christian school I would think that they would let little girls be little girls. Overall....dislike.
I would give this a higher rating due to the amazing caliber of the teachers, however the administration ruins any descent rating for the academy. There level of customer service is worse than what you would expect at a Wal mart. They are notorious for nickel and diming through fundraiser's all year long. I would rather pay an extra 1000.00 in tuition yearly and not deal with constant nagging on my child to bring money for every other week fundraiser's. Our two girls attended LCA and our oldest, 7 years old, eventually stressed about having dollars to get bracelets or to be able to get brownies during fundraiser's. Our dealings with administration there were unprofessional to say the least. For a business that thrives on numbers they appear to be in no hurry to smile and be kind when you have a concern. They are defensive in nature and rude. I would highly recommend taking your child somewhere else to avoid having to tolerate the administration at this school. At least until they take a few lessons in customer service. Its business basics but they missed that class.
This is the best school ever..... i am a student here and I am so glad to get to go to this school.... I suggest it to everyone who is looking for a good, christian school.
In the two years my son has been attending LCA it has been a great experience. The academics seem to be above that of a public school. A good example is they start a second language in Kindergarten and have a option for a 3rd in 5-6th grade. This in itself is not a reason to pay for a private school but it is a good start. The staff is very open and communicates with you on a regular basis.
Layton christian Academy is the best school i have ever went to compared to the public school this is my freshman year and i will continue going there to i graduate in year2012. MR. Hembrock is a very nice principal and a teacher
My kids have been blessed with the opportunity to attend LCA since they were in preschool. My oldest son is in high school and my youngest in 6th grade. I taught in public school for 6 years and although I loved it, the class sizes were more than I could take. I also watch my children grow in their faith with God as well as an enrichment curriculum. After six years of teaching in the public school, I wanted to be a part of LCA. I wouldn't change a thing. I will not go back to public. Academics are always a question for new incoming families. My oldest son took the ACT when he finished his 8th grade year and received a composite of 20. That is the national average for graduating seniors. He took it this year and he received a 28. That should tell it all.
Awesome school, My kids are in the emementary and preschool. Their teachers are awesome. Mrs. Filer is the best! This summer my son could not stop talking about going back to LCA!
LCA is alright.. It is easy to make friends. Everyone is so nice and stuff. Uh..some of the classes are kind of too easy. OH.. and they are very expensive. Its not even funny how expensive they are... Golly Gee. The teachers are nice. Sometimes I think they pick favorites. More than half of them have very great teaching abilities. I like this school.. but I think I will be staying there until I graduate.. :)
i am currently attending LCA. i have been there for 10 years and this comming school year will be my 11th. i am proud to say that this school has helped me in so many ways u cnat even imagine. it is nice to to only honor and respect your teachers but be able to lean on them when u need it the most. this school has been like my home of the last 10 years of my life, there wasnt ever a moment in my 10 years that i have said that i wanted to go to a different school. i would highly recomend this school to everyone. there isnt really a thing that i could say that is bad about LCA school except the some small money issues but they were well worth it. also great sports progam 1A champs!
My son went to prechool here. We never received any feedback & when I spoke to other parents, they had the same issue. The academics were lacking. The accounting is also messed up - I would get bills even when the account is set up on auto pay...the school will nickel and dime you. I was so disappointed as my niece went here years before and had a terrific teacher. The Extended Care teacher was well organized. I had every intention of sending my child to kindergarten here - luckily my child also went to public preschool and could not stop talking about the stuff he learned. I think if you are an athlete and in high school, this might be the school. As far as Christian principles, I wanted my son to go here - but academically, it just is not the place.
What a joke, waste of money, each year the price goes up by $400.00, and nothing to show for it, but paying for sports team that never win...keep your money...it is not worth it
I love teaching at LCA! I have been teaching for over 20 years and I have never been in such a great place! The dedication to providing a quality education is amazing! My grandchildren will all attend LCA because the great family atmosphere! The materials I have been provided with are the best money can buy! My students are the most welcoming and friendly student body I have ever worked with! Every year as I watch seniors graduate it makes me happy to know what great contributions they will make to the world they live in!
I graduated from Layton Christian in may of 2007. The years I had at LCA were the best of my life! I was involved in Speech and debate drama and student government. My old teachers were so good to me and Greg and Karen Miller are truly the most wonderful people in the state! My dream is to graduate from college and return to teach at LCA and impact students lives as others did mine. When I was at LCA we won Boys basketball, Cheerleading, and Speech and debate state championships. LCA is not just focused on excelling in sports it dedicated to every activity it provides for students!
I attended LCA for 9 years and was finally lucky enough to get out! In the beginning the school was fantastic but as the years progressed it seemed as though my school had become obsessed with one thing, wining state basketball coach Porter was brought in and while he has impacted the school in a few positive ways the school went down hill when we began recruiting basket ball players. Now while not all is bad unless you are really interested in sports perhaps LCA is not the school for you.
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