Lake Lure Classical Academy, a Challenge Foundation Academy, (LLCA-CFA) kicked off its 2015-2016 school year in a brand new building that includes the 12th grade, and new academic and related arts classes, as well as new athletic offerings. The expansive new school campus, located at 1058 Island Creek Road in Lake Lure, houses all twelve grades divided into three wings—elementary, middle school and high school. The 50,000 square foot building—which sits on 34 acres of land donated by the Town of Lake Lure—includes athletic fields, a regulation-size outdoor basketball court, and a substantial elementary playground. Enrollment is open for all grades.

 

New Classes

To enhance and expand its Core Knowledge Sequence curriculum for K-8 and Classical curriculum for High School, LLCA-CFA now offers AP Human Geography, and several new musical classes including Middle and High School Chorus; Appalachian Music; and African American Musical Experience in NC. “Muddy Sneakers,” an exciting new science curriculum for 5th graders, was introduced this school year. This experiential learning in science will help students develop a love and appreciation for the natural world–particularly the area in which they are growing up. It is designed to deepen their skills in the sciences, observation, data collection, and focuses on teamwork. Over the course of the school year, students will be taken on six or more full-day expeditions to nearby natural areas in the Hickory Gorge, deepening their exposure to science and the environment and reinforcing LLCA’s Core Knowledge curriculum. These are not field trips, but full days of instruction in an outdoor setting. Of special interest will be the return of Ryan Lubbers, a beloved former LLCA science teacher, who is now an instructor with Muddy Sneakers and will be the lead instructor for LLCA. Lake Lure Classical Academy will be the first school in Rutherford County to offer the Muddy Sneakers program to its fifth graders.

 

New Athletic Offerings

LLCA-CFA joined the Carolina State Athletic Association, giving school athletes the opportunity to participate on the state level for North Carolina State Championships. This enables grades 7th-12th the ability to participate in LLCA athletic teams. In addition to offering Girls Volleyball and Cross Country in the fall, Girls and Boys Basketball in the winter, and Baseball and Girls Softball in the spring, LLCA is now offering Golf for spring. All sports are offered based on student interest and participation. LLCA Athletics is also participating in the CSAA, a new Athletic Association, for the 2015-2016 school year. MAHEC, again this year, offered free sport physicals to all eligible LLCA athletes.