Q: What is a charter school?
A: Charter schools are tuition free public schools which receives government funding for each student at the same rate that other public schools do. Charter schools, however, most often have a rent or mortgage payment, whereas most public schools do not, thus the per student allotment, in actuality, is significantly less. Each charter school must have an authorizing entity (usually public university or school district). In exchange for overseeing the charter school, the authorizing entity receives a small portion of the per- student funding from the state. Whitmore Lake is our authorizing entity.
Q. Why should we choose your charter school for our children?
Each charter school has a particular “niche” or specific focus. At Livingston Classical Academy, our focus is to foster a culture of learning through immersion in a content-rich curriculum based on the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences. Our curriculum is important but, if we could measure it, we would like to say that 90% of what makes LCA so special is divided between the way that we teach (pedagogy) and the culture that we cultivate. As a new school, we are still building. But we are working towards the day when you will walk into LCA and hear our students so engaged by the ideas they discuss in class that their conversations spill over into their lunchroom chatter.
Q: How are you currently sharing your building with another school?
A: Our school building has two separate addresses. For the 2018-2019 school year, LCA’s growing student population will have access to the entire north address – 8877 Main Street. The south part of the building has been leased to a private school. We will have separate entrances and parking lots.
Q: What grades do you offer?
A: We have seats available in grades K-11 for the 2018-2019 school year. Our goal is to grow to a full K-12 program.
Q: Will your teachers be certified?
A: Yes, as with all Michigan public schools, our teachers will be certified in their grade or subject by the State of Michigan. In addition, each of our teachers will receive regular training from Hillsdale College.
Q: Will you participate in state run student testing?
A: Yes, as a public school, we will comply with all state requirements for student testing.
Q: How much homework will students receive?
A: Homework will vary by student, but most students will have about 10 minutes of homework (for every year of their grade) in addition to 30 minutes of reading. This means that a 2nd grader should expect to average 20 minutes of homework each night plus 30 minutes of reading and a 9th grader should expect to have 90 minutes of homework plus 30 minutes of reading.
Q: Will the students get recess?
A: Yes, although our academic program is vital, we also understand the need for children to be active. Care is taken to balance physical activity and academic excellence.
Q: Will you require uniforms?
A: Yes, all students will be required to follow the dress code and wear uniforms with our logo patch on the shirts. Any family that qualifies for free lunch under the federal lunch program will have uniforms provided to them free of charge. To view our dress code click here.
Q: Will you offer hot lunches?
A: We do not offer a daily hot lunch program, however, we do offer Pizza Fridays.
Q: Will you have sports teams?
A: Yes, as we grow we will offer sports and other extra-curricular activities, based on student interest.
Q: Will you teach religion?
A: No, we are not a religiously affiliated school, and as a public school, we are not legally allowed to teach religion.
Q: Will you offer bus service?
A: We will not be providing bus service, but have set up a private Facebook page for LCA parents where carpooling can be arranged.
Q: Will you offer before and after school care?
A: Yes, we have both before and after school care available through the WLPS Kids Club from 6AM to 6PM.(For more information click here)
Q: Where will you get your curriculum?
A: Livingston Classical Academy will use a curriculum coordinated by Hillsdale College as part of the Barney Charter School Initiative (BCSI). We are proud to have the strong support of Hillsdale College in implementing the various aspects of a liberal arts education. There are currently seventeen successful BCSI schools operating throughout the country — but LCA has the distinction of being the very first school BCSI school in Michigan.
Q: What is a “classical” curriculum?
A classical curriculum is defined in a variety of ways. To understand what we mean by that term, click over to the Educational Philosophy on the BCSI web site.
Q: What are traditional teaching methods?
A: Traditional teaching methods are founded on a student-teacher relationship. This relationship is cultivated as the teacher models sound learning through direct instruction and guides students toward maturity by engaging them in meaningful dialogue or Socratic discussion. Ideas are studied for their own sake, because they are beautiful and worth knowing. Assessment are implemented as celebrations of students progress rather than the goal of their studies.
Q: In what other ways will your school will be “different”?
A: Please take the time to watch Dr. Terrence Moore walk you through a day in the life of a classical school. You are also welcome to visit LCA and observe our classrooms at any time. Please call the office to schedule an appointment.