Las Cruces Academy
5.00 (3 reviews)
Tel: (575) 521-9384
Las Cruces Academy Photo #4 - Three-year project started with 4th-graders, ending with 7th- and 8th-graders - periodic table controlled by Raspberry Pi computer, built from scratch
Las Cruces Academy Photo #6 - Student-written and student-acted play, "Try, Try Again" - they made the sets, too
Las Cruces Academy Photo #7 - Fifth-graders Arabella and Alegra, who represented all of New Mexico in the 2015 regional competition in Mandarin Chinese run by the Chinese Education Consul in LA . Teacher Mei Dai taught them for 4-5 years.
Las Cruces Academy Photo #9 - Eighth-grader Xitlali preparing a rocket for experiments on altitude related to engine impulse, out on BLM land
Las Cruces Academy offers a strong academic program with small classes.
We emphasize reading, writing, languages (Spanish & Mandarin Chinese), math (Singapore math), science, social studies, art, music, and physical activity.
Young children learn phonics to support their reading. We also support social development, encouraging students to take charge of many activities.
Some of our students started their own school newspaper; it was their idea and they have been doing the work.
We have many after school activities: archery, tennis, engineering club, theater club, and Lego robotics.
|School Type||School with Special Program Emphasis|
|Grades Offered||Grades Prekindergarten-8|
|Total Students||44 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 52%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||8 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||6:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||10 students|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$8,393|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$2,500|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Lou Ellen Kay, Ph. D.|
|Total Sports Offered||2 sports|
|Sports||Archery, TennisArchery, Tennis,|
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||7 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Club or Organization:|
American Sign Language, Battle of the Books Team, Engineering Club, Gardening, Lego Robotics, Newspaper Club, Theater Club
- We are a non-profit private school with a mission that addresses students' academic, social, and emotional needs. Las Cruces Academy serves students who are advanced and motivated academically in one or more areas, by providing academic challenge, individual attention, and a nurturing environment. Our class sizes are small (average 9.8); our teachers are experts with passion to give students a great education.Our mission is to guide them toward realization of their full potential intellectually, socially, and emotionally. We are committed to recruitment of enthusiastic, highly qualified teachers and staff and to small class sizes. A comprehensive curriculum with emphases on math, science, and language includes daily classes of English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese to prepare students to effectively engage in an increasingly diverse world. Students are taught according to their ability, not age nor class. Our student-centered curriculum encourages self-directed learning, collaboration, and nurturing of intellectual curiosity and creativity. While in the classroom and at play we provide opportunities for social development and strive to impart the values of honesty, compassion, humility, and leadership. We believe that all of our students possess gifts and talents. We provide a nurturing, loving and structured environment for our students to gain self-knowledge and self-confidence. Our hope is that they become compassionate people and productive citizens and that they enjoy fulfilling lives.We are in a beautiful and safe environment. Please see our page portraying our physical facilities and neighborhood.Our Frequently Asked Questions page gives concise details of interest to parents and students. A cohesive narrative about our curriculum provides another good viewpoint:Our curriculum is indicative of how we achieve our mission. Broadly, we have four major divisions of our curriculum, based on nominal age groups: - Early K K. They have their own classroom with all the teaching materials and equipment. Our teacher is Arielle Lane, educated in the Montessori method. Kindergarten students leave the class for Chinese lessons for 5 periods each week. PE is in our enclosed courtyard, tennis on our professionally striped parking area. - Grades 1 & 2. They also have their own classroom with very diverse teaching materials and equipment. Our teacher is Janet Hain, with 20 years` experience in early childhood teaching. Other teachers come to the classroom to teach music appreciation. Students leave the classroom for classes in Chinese (one of two levels, according to their ability), Spanish, and science 1-2, as well as for PE and tennis. - Grades 3-5. Students have classes in four different rooms, by subject and by level. PE is in our enclosed courtyard; tennis is on the parking lot where regulation striping has been painted professionally. - Middle school. We made an innovative curriculum for this group, beginning in the 2015-16 academic year. Students have 15 subject classes each week, 10 of them specific to their group. Classes in each subject meet from 1 to 5 times weekly, totaling 52 periods of group learning. A huge group project is the light-up periodic table of the chemical elements. All students have free access to our vast collection of books (3,000 on display). Students access our networked computers for class research and composing content for the student newspaper club. Most students have several periods not assigned to a subject, using these periods then for reading. Beyond academic learning, our students learn leadership and service. Besides initiatives within classes, they participate in projects in the greater community. They organize events for charitable donations. Our outreach page tells the story. Below we note how students may jump age boundaries, getting the most advanced classes that reward them. Our academic curriculum is designed to meet the needs of advanced and motivated students, in a number of ways: Students get classes that challenge and reward them by ability level, not age group. Our classes do have nominal age groups, such as English 3-5 or math 3-5, but students progress at their best pace. An advanced 2nd-grader is found in math 3-5. In a math 3-5 class, one finds students working in Singapore math books spanning 4 years. Classes are small 15 is a maximum, 10 is average We set the range of subjects for effective learning. For example, there are classes in both reading and writing for English, with distinct pedagogies Math, science, and languages are our core, meeting the demands of the modern world. Students learn three world languages, English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. We fill out the curriculum fully. The level of classes is advanced. Singapore math is a world-leading method, about 1-2 grade levels above nominal grade levels of ordinary math. Our kindergarteners learn phonics. Science and technology are taught by scientists who have had prolific careers in research and teaching. Subjects are not siloed. Writing ability comes up in science; math comes up in science and technology, of course. Student projects blend several subjects. Our teachers are proven experts in their subjects. No teacher has to span the curriculum, sacrificing mastery in some subjects. Our teachers hold advanced degrees or certifications, up through PhDs in the hard sciences. Teachers develop their own curricula, which we review for progress. We do not impose a restrictive outline. Overall, our curriculum most closely resembles the International Baccalaureate. We plan to certify that we meet IB criteria. Only Singapore math has standard textbooks. The coverage of topics in all classes is reported in our weekly newsletter by every teacher. Students spend their time learning, not taking standardized tests or preparing for them the way that public schools spend an estimated 28 days annually. Our teachers give their own tests. We will be implementing very selective standardized testing, using the results the proper way: guiding our curriculum, not imposing consequences for students or teachers. Our students are already doing well; upon moving to public schools, they typically get advanced or very advanced placement. It may be of real interest to know how we schedule classes with so many individualized schedules, in which advancing a student above even our grade levels makes a "collision" between subjects on different grade levels. In short, we use a powerful mathematical technique called simulated annealing to test about 1 billion alternative schedules, each new year. Board member David Gutschick, as a PhD student in Material Science and Engineering at the Ohio State University, programmed the method. Outside of formal subjects, our students have other opportunities to grow academically and socially. We have six after-school or lunch-time clubs: engineering, theater, yearbook, student newspaper, gardening, and American Sign Language. Students as young as in early kindergarten participate. Interesting projects also arise; students have come before the semester began to build PCs from scratch, learning about electronics, mechanical and electrical construction, operating systems, and user accounts. Our special class sessions and our range of activities outside the classroom - field trips, special performances by our students, and more - is much outsized for our enrollment. We post about ten such special opportunities for our students each month on our News & Events page. Scroll down to the archives to see summaries of even more.
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The nearest high school, elementary school and preschool to Las Cruces Academy is Cornerstone Christian Academy (0.0 miles away)
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My 5-year-old son was a student at the school on the first day it opened in 2009, and he stayed there for six years until he entered middle school. What a tremendous boost he received at the LCA! He always performs way ahead of his grade level, and right now he is a sophomore atlas Cruces High School taking pre-calculus among other advanced classes. If you are thinking about private school, the LCA is the best place in doa Ana county to send your child.
- Posted by Parent - Steve
We are very happy that our child is in his second year at the Las Cruces Academy (LCA). The school's highly-educated teachers and administrators offer a rigorous academic education in an intimate setting. As a private school, its students are not required to take stacks of stressful standardized tests. Nor is evaluation limited to traditional numerical or letter-grades, which can hide as much information as they reveal. Instead, teachers are able to provide custom feedback for parents on their child's progress. These things do not compromise rigor: Evidence that LCA succeeds in teaching fundamentals such as math, reading, science, and social studies (not to mention Chinese and Spanish) comes from the spring 2019 Iowa Test of Basic Skills, where LCA ranked in the top 1% of schools nationally. But what is even more unique is the way in which students uniformly look up to their teachers as mentors and relate to the school grounds as a second home. For example, the rows of books, games, and activities lining the hallways make its common areas feel like somewhat like a giant living room (I've borrowed some of the books myself!). During recess and after school, students can be found reading, playing games, drawing on or cutting up scrap paper, playing ping-pong, or chatting informally with their teachers, who circulate to offer guidance and foster productive social interactions. The importance of supervised free play as a complementary source of learning and of social development is stressed by LCA's administrators. After school, teachers and parents organize clubs that are tailored to meet students' interests. In summary, the school's unique layout, intimate environment, and committed teachers offer students sound academic training and help them to grow into curious, active, well-rounded people.
- Posted by Parent - Kristian Finlator
I currently have two children enrolled in their second year at Las Cruces Academy. They are truly thriving and enjoying going to school every day. The pace and depth at which they are learning subjects at diverse as Computer Programming, History, Chinese, is wonderful to see. It is a very special place in which children can develop confidence as well as a love of learning.
- Posted by Parent - S. Tabibi
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