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Scholarship funds: On July 23rd, we were so pleased to attend El Paso Electric Company's check disbursement event, where received $2,000 for our scholarship fund. Please note that we have funds for 3 to 4 one-third scholarships for the 2014-15 year. We are awarding them on a case-by-case basis and we can accept more applications until August 1st.
A recent article in Scientific American highlights why we serve children who have high potential to be informed and compassionate leaders and who come from all different socioeconomic levels.
The new school year begins on Monday, August 11th. We'll have more information about classes and requirements (school supplies, etc.) in the near future.
Phonics helps all our students, as it has for years. Our Head of School, Dr. Lou Ellen Kay, is in the Take Flight training at the Scottish Rite Children's Learning Center. She'll take over teaching phonics from Paula Hines, our long-time teacher who just moved to Florida.
High-tech facilities: We have a networked weather station and we have a real-time satellite image download station for the NOAA-18 and -19 satellites (also planned to be networked! We also have an automated high-resolution optical microscope with control and image-recognition programs.
We're planning our mandatory all-family orientation get-together to be held before the school year starts. We'll all share our vision and cover important policies, opportunities, needs, and gains.
Tennis program: the Academy just received an award from the US Tennis Association, Southwest Section, to purchase a complete set of racquets, balls, nets, and training equipment. Vince, our Board chair, took the training for Coaching Youth Tennis on May 31st, so we're eager to start right away in August. Parents, please contact Vince to learn how to be a coach; we'll need several coaches. It's fun.
A hugely rewarding event: 80 guests and 12 discussion leaders enjoyed dinner and our fundraiser and community service event, Food for Thought.
- We're currently an early K to 6th-grade school. If you wish to go straight to Admissions, please click here. We're also pleased that we now offer early kindergarten.
- Our tuition this coming year is $882 per month for 9 months; we had to set it 5% higher than last year, reflecting our commitment to faculty raises and our step increase in rent. We have about 3.5% of total tuition set aside for partial scholarships.
- Please see our new public newsletters, with abundant news and images of the Academy for May - October 2013 (top listing) and June 2012 - May 2013 (second listing). This link opens in a new window or tab.
Welcome to Las Cruces Academy's online home. We're an independent, non-profit, non-sectarian school for gifted or academically advanced children who thrive in this alternative to other schools. We are not a charter school, so we are free to implement many very effective teaching methods and policies. Please view our mission statement to see what brings us all into the Academy.
Our curriculum has been designed with a number of models and our own experience; we are essentially following the International Baccalaureate program, in which we aim to be certified down the line. Our focus is on languages, math, and science, but we fill out a strong education with a variety of other subject areas. All children learn English, Spanish, and Chinese every day. We also understand that good teachers, intellectual freedom and engagement, and a supportive social environment are the most valuable gifts we can give to students. Students have independent input into the curriculum and independent projects are an increasing focus. Please read on, and, if you wish to explore having your child join us, please visit the admissions page.
The navigation bar at right leads you to much more detail about our philosophy and curriculum (or click here). We also are pleased to share news of what is happening at the school currently. We started the second semester of our fourth year of classes on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013, with students in grades K-5. Our fifth year began on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013, for grades K-6 plus early kindergarten. You can see the list of our events on our calendar. You can also make an appointment by calling our Head of School. To find us at our new location, see our map.
Comments from parents & students have rewarded us for our efforts. Please click here to see a selection.
Outreach to the community and the public schools is mandated by our Articles of Incorporation. A concrete plan is for our students themselves to develop and run a public museum. In this effort they will use a number of scientific and cultural artifacts that the Academy founders, Drs. Lou Ellen Kay and Vincent Gutschick, have acquired in their scientific careers and in travels to 36 nations. You can sample our travel images from Indonesia and Costa Rica. As a kick-off for our outreach, we have written a series of one-page light essays on interesting topics in science. These are located here.
Our financial status is open for inspection. To see the documents, please visit our page on our Annual Fund.
We are proud members of the Hispano Chamber of Commerce, the Green Chamber of Commerce, and the High Tech Consortium, and we thank them for the great support they have given us.
If you are a potential donor to the Academy, please consider augmenting the scholarship fund, capital fund, or our general fund. We plan to grow to a full pre-K - 12 school over the years, with your help. If you wish to donate, please visit our Giving page, or call, write, or email us. Thanks!
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