Students normally take five or six courses each year. At least four of these courses must be from the liberal arts disciplines of English, mathematics, science, history, and foreign language. The Academy’s minimum graduation requirements are as follows (18.5 credits total):
- English: four years (one each year at LFA)
- Mathematics: three years
- History, Science, Languages: three years in at least two of these disciplines and two in the third, including at least two full year lab sciences. All students must take either World History II or Advanced Placement World History and either U.S. History or Advanced Placement U.S. History.
- Fine Arts: three semesters for incoming freshmen and two semesters for any incoming sophomore, junior, or senior
Students need at least two additional full-year credits to meet the minimum graduation requirements (one of these must be from the areas of math, science, English, history, or languages) and must also fulfill the requirements of the Athletic Department and Seminar Program. All students are assigned to a seminar group, with whom they are required to meet every cycle.
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.