At Liberty Christian Academy, our desire is to truly offer an excellent bilingual holistic education. As the Lord made us with three integral parts in the body, soul (mind, will, and emotions), and spirit, a holistic education should develop each of these parts in each student.
A SPIRITUAL EDUCATION
At LCA, we want all students to know God as a Father and Creator and to explore His infinite love for them. Whether facing a failure, experiencing success, or struggling with interpersonal conflict, this love is what keeps us grounded. We don’t want students just to know about Him, we want to offer a time and place to encounter God through teaching, worship, and prayer. Our program includes:
- Teachers who are committed to the spiritual growth for their students. Each day teachers begin the day with a devotional and pray for students. Teachers regularly look for opportunities to meet with students to encourage them in their faith.
- A curriculum that highlights Biblical values. All science and history books take an explicitly Christian approach to seeing God’s hand in creation and throughout history. We read several literature classes also offer some of the great classics (such as “Charlotte’s Web”, “Number the Stars”, and “To Kill a Mockingbird”)
- Chapel and Bible Classes. Four days a week students have Bible class where they learn about who God is. The textbook is the Bible and students interact with God’s Word daily in order to understand God’s people and promises. Chapel each week gives the students a time to worship through singing, and grow in their relationship with God through hearing God’s Word presented in a relevant way to each age group (preschool, elementary, and high school).
AN ACADEMIC EDUCATION
Although LCA has a reputation for an excellent English program, excellence is a value we seek throughout the academic curriculum.
- The immersion English program includes phonics (K-2), writing, language, reading, spelling (1-6) and oral skills. Much of the reason LCA students speak at a high-level of fluency is due to other subjects also being taught in English (math, history, science, art).
- The Saxon Math program emphasizes logic and mental math rather than just memorizing formulas and rote learning. LCA graduates attribute this program for the success they have in engineering or science university programs.
- Project and Presentation based classes in history and science. Some of our most important learning happens when students are investigating a new presentation to share with the rest of the class or putting on a drama for the rest of the school. Writing projects utilize the information from the Write Source program to develop drafts and learn to improve writing through successive drafts.
- Students participate in field trips in order to support the curriculum. In recent years, students have gone to Tortuguerro and Poas National Parks, the Jewish Museum (high school) and Children’s Museum (primary/preschool), the marine park of Puntarenas, the Dos Pinos factory, and a local farm.
A HOLISTIC EDUCATION
In our effort to disciple the whole student, we consider the following values as essential to our curriculum.
- The arts and physical education are an integral part of our school. Appreciation of beauty and expression are not just subjects to be studied. We want to involve all senses in our studies.
- One of the benefits to smaller classes (8-12 students per class) is the ability to focus on teamwork. Homeroom is one of the contexts in which we are regularly following up with the group dynamics of the class.
- Equipping Christian Leaders means taking what we learn outside the school. LCA is committed to being involved in our community through service projects and getting to know the community and local government.
- Communication with families is essential. We respect the range of availability that parents may have (from stay at home parents to full-time workers). We regularly communicate through email and communication notebooks and are known for taking initiative with students that are struggling academically or socially.