Advantages of being at LCA include the students’ ability to freely worship God, a safe learning environment, caring and dedicated Christian teachers and staff, smaller class sizes with more one-on-one attention, Biblically-based curriculum, and great opportunities to be involved. Not only do we have a love for God, but at LCA we have a love for each other. Teachers truly care about each student and work to build strong relationships with each one. We are a small, diverse, family community that looks out for each other.
The SAT (Standard Achievement Test) is administered to LCA Students in even grades beginning with 2nd grades. Our students consistently perform well above grade level, scoring an average of 1.32 grades above their grade level for the 2007-2008 school year. The 8th graders scored over two grade levels higher, averaging 10th grade level overall, as shown below:
• Grade 2 – .8 grades above level
• Grade 4 – 1.6 grades above level
• Grade 6 – 1.4 grades above level
• Grade 8 – 2.1 grades above level
• Grade 10 – .7 grades above level
The educational philosophy of Layton Christian Academy is based on a God-centered view of truth and man as presented in the Bible. Since God created and sustains all things through His Son, Jesus Christ, the universe and all life are dynamically related to God and have the purpose of glorifying Him. This is pointedly true of man who is made in God’s image, different in kind from all other creation, with the unique capacity to know and respond to God personally and voluntarily. Because man is a sinner by nature and choice, however, he cannot in this condition, know or honor God in his life. He can do this only by being born again to do God’s will, which is the ultimate purpose of his life.
The entire process of education is seen as a means used by the Holy Spirit to bring the student into fellowship with God, to develop a Christian mind in him and to train him in Godly living, so that he can fulfill God’s total purpose for his life personally and vocationally. He must be taught the Bible to understand God as well as his own nature and role as God’s image; he must be developed, and relate to God, as a whole person, spiritually, mentally, physically and socially; he must learn to see all truth as God’s truth and to integrate it with and interpret it by God’s Word; he must be educated as an individual with his own unique abilities and personality who must learn to live and work with others at home, in the church and in a changing secular society; and he must interact with and be taught by parent and teacher models who are, themselves, born again and have this perspective on life.
The authority for such an education comes both from God’s command that children be taught to love God and place Him first in their lives, and from the fact that parents are responsible for the total education and training of their children. At the parents’ request, the Christian school, along with the church, becomes a partner in giving this education.
For the Spiritual and Moral Growth of the Students, the School Seeks:
• to teach the Bible as God’s Inspired Word and to develop attitudes of love and respect toward it.
• to teach the basic doctrines of the Bible.
• to lead the pupil to a decision of confessing Christ as Savior and Lord.
• to develop a desire to know and obey the will of God as revealed in the Scriptures.
• to equip the student to carry out the will of God daily.
• to impart an understanding of each Christian’s place in the church and its worldwide task of witness and evangelism and to stimulate the students’ involvement in this task.
• to develop the mind of Christ toward godliness and sin and to teach the students how to overcome sin.
• to encourage the development of self-discipline and responsibility in the student based on respect for and submission to God and all other authority.
• to help the student develop for himself a Christian world view by integrating life and studies with the Bible.
Layton Christian Academy seeks to integrate Biblical principles into its entire curriculum. To that end, the school utilizes Christian publishers in many of its subject areas. In addition, the teachers will endeavor to promote Christian values and principles in all activities of the school. Publishers that are currently being used are Bob Jones University Press, Writing for a Reason, Association of Christian Schools International, Radiant Life, Glencoe and Saxon Math.
The curriculum will be reinforced with supplemental materials, field trips, class projects, special speakers, and other hands-on activities. The curriculum will be continually evaluated, updated, and improved. The majority of curriculum we use is Bob Jones textbooks. Bob Jones is a Christian textbook publisher that integrates God’s word throughout the day-to-day studies in which students are involved. Bob Jones is used for our science, English and history curriculums. We use a series of books by Glencoe for our math curriculum and a series of books by Holt Publishers for our Spanish.