The Lakewood Catholic Academy Curriculum
Lakewood Catholic Academy offers a broad and unusually rich
curriculum, beginning with its Reggio Emilia-based preschool
program and carrying through the upper grades.
LCA follows all curriculum requirements
as determined by the Department of Education of the State of
Ohio and the Office of Catholic Education in the Cleveland
A curriculum guide for each subject is adopted by the Office
of Catholic Education and approved by the Department of
Education of the State of Ohio. The course of study prescribes
what is to be taught, specifies subject matter objectives,
establishes a scope and sequence, and provides a basis for pupil
evaluation. The administration and faculty of Lakewood Catholic
Academy have the responsibility to adopt, adapt, and implement
the curriculum guides. These guides are available for review in
the school office.
We believe that in order to teach most effectively, who we
teach is just as important as what we teach. Our faculty members
will be trained to differentiate their classroom instruction in
order to address the needs of all learners. This will be
accomplished through continual assessment of the students'
readiness, interests, learning profiles and effect. Using the
results of these assessments, the teachers will modify the
curriculum content, process, and product, as well as the
classroom-learning environment so that each student reaches his
maximum potential as a learner.
Central to our curriculum at Lakewood Catholic Academy is our
religious instruction in which our students learn the truths and
values of our Catholic faith. All students, regardless of
religious affiliation or denomination, take religious
instruction and attend all liturgy and prayer service. Students
have the opportunity to help plan liturgy and to participate in
various roles during Mass. Students participate in grade-level
liturgies on a regular basis and in all-school liturgies on Holy
Days of Obligation. Special prayer services are held throughout
the year and morning/afternoon prayer is a part of our daily PA
announcements. Children are given the opportunity for reception
of the Sacrament of Reconciliation twice a year.
The core subjects are mathematics, language arts, social
studies, science and health, and physical education.
In addition to the core subjects, the following courses
contribute to an enriched curriculum:
All students in Preschool (full day)
through Grade Eight receive music instruction. Beginning in
Grade Four, students have the opportunity, at an additional
cost, to take small group instrumental music lessons and become
a member of the Cadet Band, Advanced Band, and/or Jazz Band.
Students in Preschool (full day) through Grade Eight receive
instruction in art, with an art teacher in a fully dedicated art
All LCA students have the opportunity to study a foreign
language. Students in Grades Preschool through Grade Four
receive instruction in Spanish once a week. Students in Grades
Five and Six French for one semester and Spanish for one
semester two times per week. When a student reaches Grade Seven,
he or she chooses to concentrate on Spanish or French for the
seventh and eighth grade years. Instruction takes places two
times per week.
Great Books Program
This program is a component of the language arts curriculum.
Students, along with their teacher, read selections from
world literature and through shared inquiry discussions, search
for answers to fundamental questions.
Systematic Vocabulary Development
Beginning in Grade Two, this program systematically teaches
academic content vocabulary and helps students prepare for the
vocabulary strand of standardized tests.
Pre-Algebra and Algebra
Based on Grade 7 math scores and teacher
recommendation, Grade 8 students are placed in either a
pre-algebra or algebra class.
All classrooms are equipped with computers and high-speed
Internet access that has been filtered to eliminate social
networking and other inappropriate content. Additionally, all
students in Grades K-8 receive formal computer instruction,
including instruction in the basic productivity programs. Two
30-unit I-Pad carrier/chargers are available to the faculty to
check out for tablet work.
Extended Curriculum Program
This program, currently serving students in Grades 2-6, is
designed for students who demonstrate superior academic and/or
cognitive ability. Students qualify for this program based on
standardized test scores and/or teacher recommendation.
here to read more about the Extended Curriculum program.
The goal of the Lakewood Catholic Academy Technology
Curriculum is to enhance the teaching and learning process with
a wide variety of media by integrating technology throughout the
curriculum and extending the boundaries of the learning
In the context of their educational experience, students at
Lakewood Catholic Academy will participate in computer classes
and use the computer as a tool in the classroom in every subject
to execute projects, access information, create multi-media
programs, reinforce concepts, and communicate with other
persons. They will also come to understand that technology can
enhance classroom learning as well as serve as a vehicle to
connect to other people outside the classroom walls.