Mythbusters

Myth #1: Christian School aren’t diverse.

God’s family and kingdom spans the entire earth, crossing all nations, cultures, economics strata, and backgrounds. The LCA prides itself on serving a student population that is likewise ethnically and economically diverse.  Our students come from all walks of life and reflect the demographics of the larger Santa Monica/West LA community.   We do not require a statement of faith for admission, and students from all faiths backgrounds are welcome.  We simply ask that they be prepared to sincerely and diligently investigate the teachings of the Bible and the larger questions of who God is and what He wants to do in their lives.

General Ethnic Breakdown Student Body

35% White   34% Hispanic   13% African American    8% Asian  10% International

“This is not a nation but a teeming nation of nations.” – Walt Whitman

Myth #2: A focus on character compromises academic performance.

Academic excellence is built on character.  When a student is self-disciplined and confident in their purpose in life, academic success almost inevitably follows.  A strong motivated character will strive to learn under any circumstances, while a neglected and impoverished character can squander even the greatest opportunities and resources.  Character ensures not only a firm foundation for high academic achievement, it also enables a person to govern those talents and achievements in a healthy, productive, and compassionate way throughout their lifetime.

At the LCA our focus is on student character not because we do not value academic performance, but because we know that educating the inner person is the surest and most enduring way to achieve lasting success in that arena.

In recent years LCA alumni have received notices of acceptance to the following colleges and universities:

Azusa Pacific University
Biola University
California Lutheran University
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Humboldt
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Northridge
Campbell University
Concordia University
Harvard Graduate School
Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry
Loyola Marymount University
Mount Saint Mary’s College
Oregon State University
Otis College of Art and Design
Pepperdine University
Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
Simpson University
Texas State University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis – School of Medicine
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of North Texas
University of Oregon
University of Redlands
University of Southern California – Gould School of Law
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Washington State University
Westmont College
Wheaton College

Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them. – John Ruskin

Myth #3: Education is the job of schools, professionals, and the government.

At LCA we firmly believe that parents are their children’s best teachers.  From a child’s earliest developmental stages on to their teenage years, it is their parents who shape their student’s beliefs, interests, habits and motivations.  These opportunities often are passed on to other entities: – public school, professional teachers, peers, television and other media – but it is the parents to whom children desire to look to first.

The LCA seeks to foster and restore this singular relationship between parents and their children.  We recognize the need for fully accredited teachers and staff, but we take great pride in our parent volunteers.  Few things have a greater impact on our students’ lives and success as when a parent decides to take responsibility for their child’s education and get involved in our school.  We want parents in our school everyday, helping in classrooms, leading field trips, interacting with their child and others students, and enjoying the blessings of family and education.

All great change in America begins at the dinner table. – Ronad Reagan

Myth #4: Teenagers today simply aren’t interested in religion or God.

Teenagers are all about the big questions.  Developmentally they are forming identities and forging the path for their future as adults.  They want new experiences and are looking for answers to larger spiritual issues.  Our students are very interested in studying God and spiritual matters and are often in search of a place to openly explore these issues in a serious way.  Students come to LCA in all stages of personal faith, but regardless of where they stand in their relationship with God, when our teachers challenge them to seriously consider who God is and what He has for their lives, their response is one of great interest. Upon graduation most students declare that Bible was their favorite class and that the spiritual decisions they made in high school years were the most important.

Christianity is not being destroyed by the confusions and concussions of the time; it is being discovered.  ~ Hugh E. Brown

Myth #5: I don’t have kids in high school, I can’t participate.

Even if you don’t currently have a student in high school you can participate in the LCA family in a number of ways:

Pray – Pray for our students, teachers, and community that God would use us to make an impact for Jesus Christ.
Sponsor a student – Contribute an annual, monthly, or one-time financial gift to support our student financial aid program.
Volunteer – Help out in the classroom or on the yard, teach an elective, join us for trips.  Whatever your talent or interest we can use you.
Host an International Student – LCA has begun enrolling a number of international students each year.  If you have room to host a student for the school year contact us.
Refer others – Tell your friends, families, and co-workers about the LCA.  Prospective students can visit the “Admissions” section of our website for an enrollment packet, more information, or to schedule a tour of the school.  See our contact info below.

A community needs a soul if it is to become a true home for human beings. You, the people must give it this soul. – Pope John Paul II

Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets – Matthew 7:12

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