Beyond Lakewood Catholic Academy’s rich classroom curriculum, there are a host of activities available to our students to further broaden their horizons and hone leadership skills. Quite simply, there is something for everyone!
Open to 6th-8th grade students, LCA’s Academic Challenge Team competes against local schools in knowledge-based competitions such as St’ Edward’s Classroom of Champions and St. Ignatius’ Brain Brawl. The program is overseen by LCA Dean of Academics, Ms. Brenna Warrell.
Lakewood Catholic Academy has an Art Club for students in Grades 6-8. Art Club, which meets twice per month, is a place where students can create, express themselves, and grow! Led by LCA’s art teacher, Miss Emily DiFiore, students choose from a variety of materials, tools, and supplies and let their imaginations take off! Past projects have included: Snow Globe Making, Posters for School observations of Advent and Lent, Community Meal Placemats, and Christmas gifts…just to name a few.
Friends of Rachel
Guided by the same mission as Rachel’s Challenge, students involved in LCA’s Friends of Rachel Club work together to motivate, educate and bring positive change to young people. Always a leader during LCA’s annual Peace Week celebration, the club also recently installed a Buddy Bench on the school’s north property.
Lakewood Catholic Academy is proud to host a chapter of the H20 Club. “Help to Others” is a service learning program operated by the City of Lakewood through the department of Human Services/Division of Youth.
Lakewood Catholic Academy is home to an outstanding elective instrumental music program. Under the direction of Ryan Harris, LCA students can participate in the program beginning in the fourth grade. There are class-level bands in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, a combined seventh- and eighth-grade band, and a jazz band. Approximately 50 percent of eligible LCA students participate in the program. The program is fee-based, but there are scholarships available based on need.
In addition to its participation in the Diocese of Cleveland’s CYO sports program, Lakewood Catholic Academy also provides some intramural sporting activities for younger children, as well as a Ski Club during the winter months. To learn more about LCA athletic activities, visit the athletics page.
Junior Model United Nations
Junior Model United Nations is a program in which middle school students are given an introduction to the workings of the United Nations. School teams represent member countries of the United Nations and put into practice the skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution, negotiation and much, much more! It is an engaging and fun way for young students to address the difficulties facing populations in the Developing World and the interdependence of developed and developing nations. Through JMUN, students begin to understand the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current events. Under the direction of LCA social studies teacher Mr. Matt Tabar, students compete against other schools at John Carroll University each January.
The LCA Literati Society is a fantastic book club where students not only have the opportunity to read great books but also find inspiration on the journey to becoming a writer and critical reader. In 2014 the club published their first book, “The Water, The Sand & The Big Giant Head.”
Power of the Pen
Power of the Pen provides 7th & 8th with the opportunity to compete in interscholastic writing competitions at district, regional and state levels. Following the mission of the Power of the Pen organization, LCA’s Power of the Pen Program is dedicated to helping students find and develop a creative voice that is uniquely their own.
Saints Theatre Society
The Saints Theatre Society meets regularly throughout the year and is open to all 5th – 8th grade students. Actors will be exposed to various aspects of the art form, including scene study, movement, vocal technique, improvisation, and theatre appreciation. STS will choose a local show to attend each semester and will evaluate the show based on what has been studied. Every spring, the actors’ talents will be showcased in a production open to parents and students. During the production, there will be opportunities open to students interested in technical aspects of theatre, including back stage crew, set design, light/sound design, and costume/makeup. Mrs. Gainley and Mr. Sinchak are the co-directors of this fun and creative group.
Students in grades five through eight may participate in the Singing Saints, a multi-part choir under the direction of LCA’s music teacher, Mrs. Amanda Podhradsky. The Singing Saints rehearse either during lunch or after school, generally once a week, and present a Christmas and a spring concert. The choir may also be called upon to participate in community events, sing for 8th grade graduation, and members have the opportunity to share their vocal gifts by serving as cantors at school masses and prayer services. In addition to rehearsing music for concert preparation, choir members learn other valuable vocal skills, such as proper breathing, posture, and vowel placement, as well as sight singing, and how to care for their voice. The Singing Saints are always happy to welcome new members!
Stock Market Club
Students in grades four through eight participating in the Stock Market Club learn about stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, and how the stock market works. They also learn how to read a financial report, chart a stock, and participate in a state-wide contest in which the investing a hypothetical $100,000. LCA has consistently finished in the top 20 percent of all Ohio schools in this competition!
St. Thomas Society
The St. Thomas Society is Lakewood Catholic Academy’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. This organization stresses intellectual excellence and service to others. The St. Thomas Society sends out annual candy cane messages at Christmas and organizes LCA’s celebration of Right to Read Week.
The Student Ambassador Program is comprised of 8th grade students dedicated to the positive promotion of Lakewood Catholic Academy. All students entering the 8th grade are eligible to apply. Student ambassadors play an important role in welcoming and orienting new students, as well as representing the school at special events and functions.
Currently open to students in 8th grade, LCA’s Toastmasters Club adheres to the Toastmasters’ mission to provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills. By regularly giving speeches and gaining feedback, students grow their leadership skills through a focus on communication and public speaking.