Lakeway Christian Academy is committed to providing students with a rigorous academic experience that equips them to be life-long learners. In making decisions about advanced curriculum, we advise families to consider multiple factors. These factors include evaluation of a student’s academic capacity, extra-curricular activities, family and church commitments, as well as teacher recommendation information. In the spirit of good stewardship, it is our desire that students have an academic schedule that meets their aptitude as well as nurtures their development holistically.
Advanced curriculum substantially exceed content standards, learning expectations, and performance indicators to standard courses. Teachers of Honors courses model instructional approaches that facilitate maximum interchange of ideas among students to include independent study, self-directed research and learning, and appropriate use of technology. All Honors courses include multiple assessments exemplifying course and include a minimum of five of the following components:
1. Extended reading assignments that connect with the specified curriculum
2. Research-based writing assignments that address and extend the course curriculum
3. Projects that apply course curriculum to relevant or real-world situations
4. Open-ended investigations in which the student selects the questions and designs the research
5. Writing assignments that demonstrate a variety of modes, purposes, and styles
6. Integration of appropriate technology into the course of study
7. Deeper exploration of the culture, values, and history of the discipline
8. Extensive opportunities for problem solving experiences through imagination, critical analysis, and application Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college-level courses taught in high school that afford students the opportunity to earn college credit in addition to a high school credit.
In order to earn college credit for AP courses, a student must attain a specific score on a national standardized examination. In dual enrollment courses, students must earn at least a C in order for the credit to transfer to a college. These courses replicate the workload of an introductory college course, therefore, students should expect outside work and is more rigorous than Honor level classes. Students in Honors, or AP courses who earn less than 70% during the first semester will be moved to a regular class. Students who wish to take Honors, DE, or AP courses must have departmental approval.