Curriculum

The elementary academic program is organized around School Steps:  An American School Curriculum.  Students work at the level at which they are able, even if it is not the class to which their ages assign them.  The secondary academic program leads students to an Oklahoma High School Diploma of Distinction.  Students attend six core classes, each for fifty minutes, and then a different elective course each afternoon, allowing all students to participate in art, music, drama/speech, technology, and physical education.  Schedules are fixed, with only a few choices within the electives.  AP courses are offered in English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Psychology, and World and American Histories thus far.  Students are required to take one science unit, one social science unit, one English unit, and one math unit every year of their secondary career. Mid-terms and end-of-course exams are given in all classes, with a requirement of proficient for course credit.

Fixed Core Courses by Grade Level

7th 8th 9th
Physical Science Life Science Biology
U.S. History & Geography World Geography OK Hist/Fed. Gov’t
English English English/Literature
Literature Literature Spanish I
Pre-Algebra Algebra I Geometry
Speech/Debate Speech/Debate Speech/Debate
MS Spanish MS Spanish

 

 

 

 

 

10th 11th 12th
Psychology (AP) Chemistry Physics
American Literature AP Eng. Lang. & Comp. AP Eng. Lit. & Comp.
AP American History AP World History Economics
Algebra II/Trig Pre-Calculus Statistics (AP)
Spanish II Marketing
Business Communications

All English/Lit courses (all grades) require writing of essays, timed responses, and papers every week and essay tests over classic literature weekly.  Papers written in classes other than English are given an English grade as well.

A Lawton Academy high school student carries not only a heavy course load, but he/she competes in state-wide speech contests, vocal contests, robotics competitions, and student government and honor society duties.

The area vocational schools and college concurrent enrollment programs are available to our students.  Many of our current students have interests in Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.  Of the five from our school who have applied in the past four years, four have been chosen to attend.

Grading/GPA Calculation/Ranking

Lawton Academy uses the traditional ten-point scale (90 – 100 A, 80 – 89 B, etc) and a non-weighted GPA.  Beginning with grade 9, all subjects, whether passed or failed are included in the computation of the cumulative GPA.  A minimum of 24 credits is required for graduation, as well as 60 volunteer hours for those in the honor society (currently 59% of our secondary student body).  Students are ranked according to their cumulative GPA.

2014 Five-Year Trend of ACT-tested Graduates

 

                                                    ACT 5 - Year Trends 2014

Above is our chart of ACT trends between the years of 2010 and 2014.  (You can click on the image to enlarge it.) Our first graduating class was in 2009, so we’ve only been doing this for six years!.  In 2010 and 2012 the graduates took the SAT, so there is no data for these years on this report.  We are VERY proud of our graduates performances!

 

 

Iowa Tests of Basic Skills 2013-14 Results

Our students did very well again this year on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) taken the first week of May 2014.  The chart below shows the class averages for the 1st through 8th grade classes.  (High school students take the PSAT, ACT, and SAT.)  We have attempted to blow up the chart to make it easier to read, but it cuts information off.  Here are the class averages, just in case they’re too hard to read on your computer:

1st Grade:  98th percentile

2nd Grade:    99th percentile

3rd Grade:  98th percentile

4th Grade:  98th percentile

5th Grade:  99th percentile

6th Grade:  99th percentile

7th Grade:  97th percentile

8th Grade:  99th percentile

ITBS pg 1

ITBS pg 2

 

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