Academics exist to train the mind
The mind must be trained to seek the "mind of Christ," and to pursue the knowledge that leads to understanding and wisdom.
To some people, academics have become a process to endure on the way to landing a good job. This is a low aim. A student who is thoroughly trained academically will be prepared for thinking, and career-oriented goals then easily follow for these stand-out young people.
Academically, Lake Pointe Academy exists to help students to rise to their highest potential. This includes subject mastery, but more importantly, helping students develop tools for lifelong learning and application. Lake Pointe teaches students the tools for learning, and trains them intentionally and systematically, so that this skill becomes second nature.
Because of these aims, LPA's curriculum is challenging. We do not apologize for this. For lifelong learning success, students need to stretch forward at every level, working toward starting the next level on a firm foundation.
Students constantly amaze us by rising to appropriate challenges. With caring and encouraging believers as teachers, and with loving and engaged parents as helpers, our students are enabled to do their best.
Lake Pointe's academic program is arranged and administered according to three developmental learning levels. Often referred to as "The Trivium" or "three paths," this break-down explains how the teaching approaches and expectations are aimed at the student's natural development as God created youngsters.
Grades K-4: The Grammar level focuses upon facts
Young children simply absorb facts. They love to learn facts and they like to show what they know.
Grades 5-8: The Logic level focuses upon the "why"
Middle school-aged students are ready for the reasons and the connections between facts.
Grades 9-12: The Rhetorical level focuses upon presentation
High school young adults are naturally inclined toward discussion, debate, opinion and expression of ideals.
In Lake Pointe's program, the logic stage is divided across the two meeting schedules. The younger logic-level students in 5th and 6th grade are included in the elemementary, while the older, junior high students, attend with the secondary students on their on-campus days.