There are lots of reasons why parents like you consider an online middle school for your child. Whether it’s to give them a wider variety of academic options, or to place them in a more supportive Christian environment that will care for their spiritual and emotional growth during this formative season, you are exploring your options to find the best fit.
Academics, spiritual guidance, and enrichments are certainly important considerations. But have you found yourself also wondering what a typical day at Lenawee Christian Academy might look like for your child? Will they feel close to their peers and make meaningful friendships? What will their course schedule look like?
Below you’ll find an overview of the student experience at LCA — everything from the number of instructional hours per day to weekly co-curricular activities that encourage growth. You’ll even have the opportunity to “meet” one of our students.
Learning by Design
A common concern we hear from parents is how long will their child be on the computer? At LCA, “online school” will not translate to 8 hours of screen time each day. Our teachers purposefully craft lessons to include step-away activities and built-in breaks that encourage students to stay active and engaged in their learning. Lessons are also presented in various ways to accommodate different learning styles, but often include an assignment, followed by an assessment or quiz.
Our customized learning plans allow students to work at their own pace. We divide each course into 30 modules, representing approximately 30-weeks’ worth of coursework. Each module equals approximately 4.5 hours of instructional time per week, or about 1 hour and 10 minutes per day. Students set their own pace and progress is tracked through personalized learning plans.
Students have the opportunity to connect with their peers and participate in clubs. Our offerings reflect current and future student interests, and include math study groups, science discovery groups, cooking club, esports gaming club, mountain biking and hiking club, and photography club. Cougars Corner is a school-wide meeting that takes place twice a week, and our Chapel meeting once weekly. We encourage students who are pursuing leadership roles to join our student council.
We recognize that as a parent, you want to maintain an invested role in your child’s education, but that role might look a little different from family to family. Our partnership with parents allows them to set their level of involvement and track their middle schooler’s progress in a customized learning plan, the class syllabus, Canvas, and direct parent-teacher communication. We make it easy for you to get the information and support you need to encourage your child in his or her studies.
As a parent, you might think the pieces of an LCA education sound like the right thing for your middle schooler. But how will this student experience fit your family’s schedule? For many of our families, LCA is a successful education model because it offers quality academics, flexible to learning needs. Many of our students come from military or performance backgrounds, where regular travel is necessary. Other students have experience with homeschool, and don’t want to lose the flexibility they are accustomed to.
Because each LCA learning plan is tailored to a student’s unique needs and classes are designed for an “at your own pace” style of instruction, your child’s schedule will look different from his or her peers. Below we’ve included three different schedules, to give you an idea of what this customization looks like.
As a nose-to-the-grindstone and get-it-done type of sixth-grader, this student likes to block off time for focused work so he has more time to hang with friends after school. Breaks can sometimes throw him off and make it difficult to get back to work. His daily plan includes 1-2 modules per day, with no weekly teacher meeting.
- 8:00 a.m. — Good morning!
- 9:00 a.m. — School starts. Student A makes his daily goal plan and begins work.
- 12:00 p.m. — Time to make lunch!
- 12:15 p.m. — Student A eats lunch and is back to schoolwork. He pushes through until he is finished for the day, usually by 2:00 p.m., if not sooner.
This easy-going seventh-grader with ADHD is usually in no hurry to finish her work. Her schedule has been customized with one module of one subject per day, with ELA integrated a little into each day of the week. She has a 30-minute weekly meeting on Monday with her teacher to plan out her week’s goals.
- 7:00 a.m. — Good morning!
- 8:00 a.m. — School starts. Student B typically works for 30 minutes, followed by a 10-minute break. She uses a timer to help her stay on track.
- 11:30 a.m. — Lunchtime!
- 12:00 p.m. — Afternoon work continues until Student B finishes her assignments, usually by 2:00 p.m.
Self-driven and organized are two words that describe this eighth-grader who is motivated by rewards and time with friends. He has scheduled two 30-minute meetings with his teacher weekly to set up goals and track progress.
- 9:00 a.m. — Good morning!
- 10:00 a.m. — School starts. Student C plans his day and sets times for breaks.
- 1:30 p.m. — Lunchtime!
- 2:30 p.m. — Afternoon school work continues.
- 4:00 p.m. — Student C reviews his work to make sure everything is complete and he is prepared for the next day.
- 4:15 p.m. — Time to enjoy the evening!
Meet an LCA Student
Grade: 8th Grade
Favorite Class: Bible — I love being able to truly reflect on each lesson and how it applies to my life.
“I like the teachers and how they encourage me and help me set goals. I also like our weekly meeting, and being able to reach out for help and get it quickly. Plus, our Cougar Challenge* really motivates me to succeed and meet my goals. The prizes are the best prizes!”
*What is our Cougar Challenge, you ask? Students can earn badges within their courses, by attending Cougars Corner meetings, and in challenges such as Kahoot during those meetings. Badges can be turned into tickets, which can be used for prizes on the last Friday of each month.
What will your child’s experience look like at LCA?
To learn more about our personalized learning plans and what your middle schooler’s schedule might look like, schedule a virtual appointment with Amanda Keibler, coordinator of family relations, or call (517) 438-8888.