Plugging the cracks: LCA’s Independent Study Program

Posted on 29. Dec, 2012 by in LCA News

Mrs. Payton with her grandson

By Hanna Jones, LCA sophomore

When her son signed for UCLA football

In the past, students who couldn’t keep up with their peers dropped out and “fell through the cracks.” Failing at school was the first strike against them in life.

Something needed to be done urgently. Last academic year, the Lighthouse launched an Independent Study Program to help these and other students who don’t fit into a traditional classroom.

It’s not a remedial program. As a matter of fact, geniuses who chafe at the normal classroom pace can power through their studies in ISP, working on individual books much faster than their classmates.

“ISP has many benefits,” said Kathy Payton, who oversees the program. “It helps learners that struggle with the classroom environment to educate their mind in a clearer space that is not surrounded by their peers. Here kids are self-teachers.”

Admittedly, ISP is a hodgepodge: struggling students, geniuses — and class clowns. When kids act up, they are sent for a class or two to ISP, where they are deprived of their laughing audience of fellow students.

While class clowns enter ISP with a grimacing face, they usually leave with a smile. That’s because Mrs. Paytons is such a loving teacher.

“Mrs. Payton is the sweetest teacher,” said sophomore Herizen Guardiola.

I should know. I have been sent to ISP on occasion, and Mrs. Payton always raises my spirits. I leave with a lighter heart.

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