The goal of LCS’ classical and liberal arts education is to prepare our students to be successful in whatever endeavor they wish to pursue. Our first graduating class receiving a 100% acceptance rate into a college of their choice is a great accomplishment for our students. As the only liberal arts and classical institution within the Thompson School District, LCS’ model is undoubtedly unique and outstanding in its effectiveness.

What makes LCS’ high school experience unique

Core Knowledge
LCS doesn’t teach the Common Core curriculum. Rather, our students receive an education steeped in the essential Great Works of the Western canon, which is predicated upon the development of logical reasoning and rhetorical discourse.
Classical Education
The classical education present in the high school emphasizes that virtuous character is an essential component of a complete education, which is intentionally taught through the core virtues that are integrated into the curriculum. This curriculum is grounded in what we can learn from the finest contributions in Western Civilization, which emphasizes the academic and moralistic successes of each student.

In addition to the core classes, LCS also offers Logic, Rhetoric, Personal Finance, and Senior Thesis courses, many of which are only offered in a classical curriculum.

Primary Sources
The use of primary source documents is an essential aspect to the LCS Difference. Our history classes do not rely on second-hand interpretation in textbooks, but instead read Herodotus, Plutarch, Locke, Madison, and Lincoln directly, for example, and discuss in a seminar setting. Additionally, our history courses are not limited to lecture and the retention of facts but utilizes the classical methodology that builds upon that content knowledge to cultivate logical inquiry and rhetorical eloquence.

The material is focused on the works that have stood the test of time, such as works from Homer, Xenophon, Dante, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Melville, Chaucer, and Dickens, among many more. Students are then trained in how to lead their own seminar (class discussion) to explore the text directly and discuss the key themes and elements of the text.

Foreign Language
In addition to all levels of French and Spanish, our students in Greek and Latin are well-accomplished. They translate original texts from the classics of Greece and Rome, something that doesn’t typically occur in high school.

LCS’ math courses build upon ability grouping so students focus on how to solve the problem through inquiry rather than merely repeating what the teacher does to answer the question correctly on state testing. Our high school students receive trigonometry in Algebra II to be prepared for Calculus and higher level material, and use original sources like Euclid’s Elements in Geometry.

Our science classes build upon the inquiry-based approach of observation while utilizing the classical method of the trivium to develop logical reasoning. High school offerings include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Anatomy, and original texts from Newton and Mendel are utilized to discuss relevant topics.

Fine Arts
Fine Arts is another central component of a high school liberal arts education. High school students have instrumental music offered as an elective, building upon music theory and history that is a core part of the K-8 curriculum. Drama is another elective where students study and apply theory in performance. Our visual art classes spend comparatively more time than other art programs to study the history and theory of the masters throughout Western civilization, from Ancient Greece through the Renaissance to the Modern. Building on this theory, art students receive direct instruction in method and practice.

Concurrent Credits
Concurrent credit is a great way for high school students to earn college credit while still in high school. LCS offers a variety of concurrent credit classes, including US History to Reconstruction (11th grade), American Literature after Civil War (11th grade), World Literature after 1600 (12th grade), and English Composition I. Additionally, LCS offers AP classes in Calculus, Physics, Biology, and Art Studio.

Enrichment Opportunities
High school students at LCS also seek enrichment opportunities outside of the classroom with trips offered to Washington D.C., Italy and Greece. The annual visit to St. John’s College in Santa Fe allows students to participate in and experience a liberal arts college experience.

The LCS Difference is at the heart of each of our students, who are given the opportunity to develop into virtuous and thoughtful young leaders. It's exciting to see the accomplishment of our program being recognizable the moment you interact with any LCS high school student.