Is LMCA a co-op?
LMCA is not a co-op. Students take classes twice a week taught by content-area instructors. Although parents remain involved through extra-curricular activities and field trips, parents do not participate in the classroom aspect of LMCA.
Is LMCA a school?
LMCA is not a school. LMCA is a state and federally-registered non-profit organization, with a tutoring service designation.
LMCA is not a substitute for homeschooling. Parents are still required to file all necessary paperwork for their district and meet the state guidelines for testing and subjects taught. The nature of our two-day per week program requires that instruction at home with parents is completed three-days per week.
What else do I have to do to homeschool my kids in PA?
What kind of commitment does this require for my student?
Classes meet twice a week and require your student to complete additional work at home. Time spent at home varies from one to four hours, PER SUBJECT, per week, depending on the age of the student. Home assignments are a requirement.
What commitment does this require for the parents?
Parents are still considered the primary educators, and it is required that they oversee all LMCA home assignments on days that LMCA does not meet. Families who enroll in LMCA make a commitment to LMCA for the academic year: August through May. Parents are also required to fullfill all the homeschooling obligations outlined by their district.
In addition to homeschooling obligations, LMCA parents are also required to complete 20 service hours during the year. These hours can be completed in several ways, and more information is available upon request. Parents are also asked to substitute when needed as well as give a good faith effort in at least one fundraiser per year. Families not wishing to complete these three requirements can opt-out by paying additional fees.
What books are used at LMCA? Who pays for these books?
Books vary depending on grade and subject area. Each academic year focuses on different topics in history and science. CONTACT US for more information on upcoming book selections.
Parents are responsible for purchasing the books used at LMCA. We make every effort to keep costs low by purchasing Co-Op licenses for curriculum and using literature texts available through the library system.
Can my student take just one or two classes offered?
We do not recommend or offer this option, as we believe it does not allow students to fully experience the unique situation and community that LMCA provides. However, we are willing to enroll students for morning or afternoon sessions and allow part-time students to stay for lunch and recess, if desired. Please CONTACT US for more information on these options.
Why does it cost money to attend LMCA?
Although tuition is required to attend classes, LMCA is a registered non-profit organization and a majority of the expenses collected go towards rent for classroom space, insurance for the building and students, and classroom materials. Instructors do not draw a salary, and often cover additional classroom supplies out of their own pockets. The exception to this is when languages are offered at LMCA, as langauge instructors are often paid instructors.
Is financial aid available?
YES! LMCA is willing to work individually with families to make a payment plan that works well for your family. We also offer large family discounts. On average, 75% of families attending LMCA receive this kind of assistance. Please CONTACT US for more information on this option.
Is the curriculum at LMCA all I need to do with my children?
At this time LMCA is unable to offer all academic subject areas, such as mathematics, grammar, and various high school level electives. It is important that parents familiarize themselves with the various homeschool requirements of their districts.
What does a typical day at LMCA look like?
Students arrive around 9:20 a.m. and head to their first period class. Classes meet for 50 minutes each, with a break for lunch and recess between thrid and fourth period. Students attend five classes per day and are dismissed at 3:00pm.