By Dr.Tanya Watson

On February 16, 2017, the first information meeting was held to share the new high school options with parents of current and prospective students. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, high school students will be able to choose from three pathways for meeting graduation requirements: Traditional High School, Tech Prep, or College Prep. In the past, LLCA has only offered a traditional high school pathway for students in accordance with state and local graduation requirements. The two new pathways are made possible through a partnership with Isothermal Community College allowing students to earn tuition-free college credits.

Lake Lure Classical Academy swim team with Coach Perkowski after a very successful 2016-17 swim season.

The Tech Prep option will allow students the opportunity to take vocational courses during their junior and senior years. Possible courses include welding, broadcasting, cosmetology, auto repair, criminal justice, nursing, machining, construction, graphic design, engineering technology, and computer programming. Students will earn both high school and college credit with completion of each course.

The College Prep option – Career and College Promise (CCP) – offers high school students the option to take ICC classes at their own school, earning credits that will transfer to any of the 16 North Carolina public universities. School Director, Tom Keever is enthusiastic about adding the ICC curriculum to Lake Lure’s existing high school curriculum. “It will dramatically expand learning opportunities for our high school students,” he explains. “Imagine having access to a community college course catalogue while still in high school!”  With careful planning LLCA students can graduate high school having completed a free two-year college degree.

Additional information sessions will be held on LLCA’s campus March 14th at 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. For more information contact Tom Keever at 828-625-9292 or

Dr. Tanya Watson is LLCA Curriculum Director.