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Biblical Training Meets Academics and Sports at Laconia Christian Academy

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The centrally located campus in Laconia is less than 30 minutes from nearby towns. Founded in 1974 and nestled within 140 acres of wild woodlands, Laconia Christian Academy (LCA) is a nondenominational, tuition-based learning environment serving preschool through grade 12.

Why choose a Christian-based education for your child? Head of School Rick Duba explains: "Students spend 15,000 hours in school from Kindergarten through 12th grade. School (its curriculum, its teachers, and its culture), will impact your child. We believe those 15,000 hours are best spent in a Christian school where your child will be loved thoroughly and trained biblically, while receiving an excellent education."

Preschoolers (meaning age 4) and Kindergarteners have fun through music, arts, puppets and field trips while developing coordination, basic language skills, social awareness and creativity. Grades 1 through 6 learn concrete and later abstract reasoning skills to prepare them for grades 7-12 with an emphasis on mastering the basics of reading, writing and math in Kindergarten and grades 1 and 2.

Academics rule at LCA, especially for the higher grades. Emphasizing the teaching of classical literature through the study of history and theology better prepares students for college and life. "Our rigorous standards for student learning are designed to equip the young men and women entrusted to us with a love for learning and a lifelong commitment to their families, churches and communities," states the LCA website.

"LCA seniors graduate with over one full semester of college credit through a partnership between LCA and the New Hampshire Community College's Running Start program," says Duba. Amazingly, it is possible for students to start as college sophomores upon graduation if they have taken enough college-credit courses while still in high school.

Coursework is balanced with fun and sports. There are a few school athletic teams that all compete on the New Hampshire Small Private School Athletic League (NHSPAL). Boys' teams are soccer and basketball while girls' teams are volleyball and basketball. There is also a co-ed track team. Competition occurs against those schools outside of the league whose skill and level of play match the LCA's teams' prowess.

Students recently established wild turkey food plots to help the birds forage while construction was in process that devastated part of the turkey's natural food supply. Valuable conservation and ecology lessons were learned by those who participated.

The school-run newspaper teaches journalism skills to its student writers and photographers. Reporting on everything from where the graduating seniors are going to college to the songs enjoyed by the preschoolers, the paper is a go-to for what's going on at LCA and a sign of its students' bright futures.

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