- Four Year Program
- Academic Requirements
- Independent Studies
- Advanced Placement (AP) Program
Our curriculum is individualized, tailored to each of our students as they learn and grow during their time here at LFA. Creating a safe, challenging, and inspiring learning environment is crucial, and we work diligently to provide this in our mission-driven Four-Year Program. In personalized learning, choice is key. Our students have a multitude of choices each year, not only in the classroom, but also on the fields, in co-curriculars, and in all aspects of community life. As students progress in their studies, in addition to our robust offerings of core courses, AP courses, independent studies, and a variety of fascinating electives help round out our culture of learning and sharing. Curricular Travel is one of our signature programs—students enrolled in specific courses can take part in an embedded travel component to complement their in-class studies. For juniors and seniors, our Global Concentration and Arts Concentrations allow interested students the space and time to really delve into an area of study and flourish. We want our students to leave our campus as inspired, global citizens, and there are many ways for them to take to do just that! Please peruse our programs and course offerings and explore the many paths our students can choose to take in their educational journey at LFA.
We are proud to offer our students an educational program rooted in our pillars: Citizenship, Scholarship, Character, and Responsibility. Please read on to discover how students grow during their time at LFA and become role models for one another. With each passing year, students acquire and develop skills that will serve them well throughout their tenure here, in college, and beyond.
Students typically take five or six courses each year. LFA’s minimum graduation requirements of 18.5 credits are shown below. At least four of these courses must be from the liberal arts disciplines of English, mathematics, science, history, and languages. Additionally, in order to graduate, students must fulfill the athletic requirement and complete the Seminar program.
Students who successfully complete LFA’s ESL program are encouraged, but not required, to study a language in addition to English while they are at LFA.
An Independent Study gives a student time and resources to delve further into a topic of particular interest. When a student exhausts the standard curriculum and wishes to pursue additional in-depth studies on a certain topic, an independent study may be the right fit. An Independent Study may be taken as a 6th or 7th course with appropriate approvals. Please refer to the student handbook for more information.
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At LFA, we have a robust offering of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. With more than twenty courses to choose from each year, students can potentially earn college credit in all disciplines.
How many AP courses do we offer at LFA?
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Are AP courses the right choice for everyone?
LFA’s Advanced level and Advanced Placement (AP) courses have the distinction of being some of our most challenging courses. Students planning on applying for admission to an Advanced level or AP course need to position themselves by performing well in their current academic course. The decision to apply for entry into an Advanced level or AP course should be made in consultation with the LFA advisor, the parents, and the individual academic department. Admission to Advanced level and AP courses is decided by the appropriate department in conjunction with the Dean of Students. LFA does not weight grades for Advanced level and AP courses in computing a student’s GPA. Although it is not mandatory, students enrolled in AP courses are strongly encouraged to take the AP exam. Students are responsible for any exam fees.
AP Courses offered in 2019-20
(see our Course Guide for more information)
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
AP Chinese Language and Culture
AP French Language and Culture
AP Spanish Language and Culture
AP Spanish Literature
AP Art History
AP Music Theory
AP Calculus AB/BC
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Computer Science A
History and Social Science