What is the typical class size? Homeroom classes are typically 26 students. We have two homerooms per grade. Math and reading are ability grouped and we have at least three math and reading groups per grade, so those class sizes are typically from 10-20 students, depending on the group and grade.
How often will my student have art, music, PE, and technology? Each homeroom has PE and technology once a week, and either art or music twice a week. Elementary students also have library once per week.
Does Littleton Academy provide Special Education services? Yes, however, all services are coordinated through Littleton Public Schools, so they review the services needed and determine if LA can meet those needs. Enrollment can be denied if LA cannot provide SPED services.
How are Gifted and Talented services provided? LA uses the same criterion as Littleton Public Schools to determine if a student should receive GT services. GT services begin in 2nd grade and are met with our ability grouping of math and reading.
Does LA offer ESL (English as a Second Language)? No
What sports are offered at LA? Middle school students have many sports to choose from – boys and girls cross country (5th grade is included in this sport), girls soccer, boys soccer, girls basketball, boys basketball, girls volleyball and boys volleyball.
What curriculum does Littleton Academy use? Littleton Academy is a Core Knowledge school and follows the Core Knowledge Scope and Sequence for all grades and all subjects. PE and Technology are not part of Core Knowledge, and those two classes use state and national standards to guide their programming.
Does LA teach a foreign language? Yes, Spanish is taught in grades 1-8. By the end of 8th grade, most students test into Spanish 2 or 3 in high school.
What are the hours of school? Morning carpool goes from 8:00-8:15. School doors open at 8:00AM and students need to be in their homeroom seat by 8:15 to not be tardy. There are 8 periods in the day and afternoon homeroom ends at 3:24. Afternoon carpool begins at 3:24 and all students need to be picked up by 3:40.
Does LA have a transportation system? No. Parents are the transportation system. Parents are responsible for getting their students to and from school and school sports.
What is the lottery and how does it work? Please read this Lottery FAQ
Does LA have a hot lunch program? Yes. Students can order hot lunch every day through LPS. They must order in morning homeroom each day – any student arriving at school after 8:30AM must bring a lunch. Parents must set up and fund an account through My School Bucks in order for their student to have hot lunch.
Does LA have free and reduced breakfast and lunch? Qualified families can fill out the paperwork and receive free and reduce lunch each day. LA does not serve free and reduced breakfast.
What is the grading scale for LA? LA uses a more rigorous grading scale and students earn letter grades beginning in Kindergarten. A+ 99-100%; A 94-98%; A- 92-93%; B+ 90-91%; B 84-89%; B- 82-83%; C+ 80-81%; C 74-79%; C- 72-73%; D+ 70-71%; D 65-69%; F Below 65%
Do students at LA wear uniforms? Yes. You can see the details of the uniform and dress code in the Parent Student handbook. The Littleton Academy Dress Code was established to minimize peer pressure and to reinforce an academic atmosphere. It is our goal to provide clear expectations so that time spent on dress code issues is minimized.
Do middle school students have any electives? Yes. Every quarter students get to pick three new electives. These are designed to enrich the students’ experience and are not graded. Some of the offerings in the past have been We Want More PE, Curl Up and Read, Cooking, History of Foods, Hike the Trail, Classic Movies, Study Hall, Shrinky Dinks, Graduation Preparation, Yearbook, etc.
What is a charter school? A charter school is a public school that has requested waivers and exemptions from certain standards from the state and from their authorizer. As a public school chartered by LPS, LA’s standards for students and staff are more rigorous than the state and the district especially in regards to attendance, academics, and discipline. All staff is on a one-year employment agreement and no staff Is tenured.