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Very recent events:

Our new academic year started on August 11th.  We've already started an afterschool engineering club and had our first field trip, to a nearby farm. You can see heartening images of students arriving that first week,enjoying classes, and learning tennis, as well as families gathering for our first potluck dinner of the year.

 

Quick notes


   Come see the school. We especially invite families who are thinking of enrolling their children in our great school. We're having an open house on Tuesday, September 2nd at our location, 1755 Avenida de Mercado in Mesilla. From 8:30 to 10:00 AM, you can see classes in Chinese, Singapore math, and English, talk with teachers, and view the facilities. Visitors in the afternoon 5:30-7:00 PM may speak with teachers and view the classrooms.
    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.
   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.
   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.
   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.
   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.
   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.
    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.

 

Our students of all ages do hands-on science.  Presentations and demonstrations are given by Ph.D. scientists.  We use the highly successful Singapore math program.  Our students spontaneously count in Chinese or Spanish when they exercise, and during birthday celebrations they sing in all three languages. They have access to over 4,000 books that have been donated and purchased by many people.

 

Scholarships have been available each year, thanks to both new donors and continuing donors, including El Paso Electric.  We have a  scholarship application form. In our startup phase with our significant costs, we have to limit the offerings to 5 to 6 quarter-tuition scholarships, but we are pleased with the support we have been able to offer to students.  We are looking forward to having more funds to disburse and more students supported. All scholarships are need-based; need will not be revealed, because we do not reveal which students have received scholarships.  All our scholarships are partial scholarships, so that we may reach the most students.   All students share our "stealth scholarships," the lowering of our tuition by many person-years of volunteer work.

 

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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