LILA Wows The World!

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Few public schools anywhere in the world can claim as many accomplishments as Lakes International Language Academy can. From earning multiple consecutive Minnesota Department of Education Finance Awards to receiving one of the largest federal grants ever awarded under the Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP), which enabled us to introduce Mandarin Chinese, LILA has continued to impress educators, thought-leaders, government officials, community leaders, parents, and students.

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Honors And Special Invitations

LILA has received consistent local and national press coverage—as far away as the Wall Street Journal. Many of our staff members have been selected to present papers at international conferences and they have been invited by prestigious organizations to travel to places such as China to study instructional best practices and exchange knowledge.

Some Recent Award Highlights

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  • 2016 - 2005 Consecutive Education Finance Awards from the Minnesota Department of EducationReaders Choice FLT 2015
  • 2015 Promising Practices Award from the Synergy & Leadership Exchange
  • 2015 National School of Character Promising Practices Award
  • 2015 Award of Excellence in School Board Governance from Volunteers of America of Minnesota
  • 2015 Forest Lake Times Readers’ Choice Winner in 5 categories: Best School, Best Principal, Best Summer Camp, Best Tutoring Program, and Best Teacher (Kristina Kofski)            
  • 2014 Promising Practices Award, Synergy & Leadership Exchange
  • 2014 Forest Lake Times Readers’ Choice Winner in three categories: Best School, Best Principal, and Best Tutoring Program
  • 2014 - 2012 Awarded Guest Teacher Trainee through the Institute of International Education, the Confucius Institute, & the Hanban (Chinas educational wing)
  • 2012 Award of Excellence in School Financial Management and Oversight from the Volunteers of America – Minnesota
  • 2012 Local Government Innovation Award, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • 2012 Allina School Health Connections grant
  • 2012 National Promising Practices Award, Character Education Partnership of Washington, D.C.ReadersChoiceEmblem
  • 2011 Finalist for the National School of Character Award, Character Education Partnership of Washington, D.C.
  • 2010 National School of Character “Profiles in Character” award winner, Character Education Partnership of Washington, D.C. Only 18 schools across the United States were selected for the honor, which is based on an evaluation of each school’s strengths in areas such as social-emotional learning or meeting individual student needs within the CEP’s Eleven
    Principles of Effective Character Education.

Minnesota Report Card

The Minnesota Report Card provides easy access to district and school information, test results, revenue and expenditure data, demographic information, and other critical data in a centralized location. Choose from several reports to learn more about the state of education in a local district, a specific school, or the state as a whole. For LILA students, the results tend to follow a typical bell curve, with more than 20 percent typically exceeding testing requirements each year—even though the test is administered entirely in English and the students have learned almost entirely in Spanish prior to testing. This site divides LILA into two schools: Lakes International Language Academy and Lakes International Headwaters. Visit this link:

Self-Evaluation Measurements

Satisfaction/Retention Averages Over A Five-Year Period

  • Parent satisfaction: over 95%
  • Student retention: over 94%
  • Faculty retention: over 91%

Caring Learning Environment Survey Scores

Every year, as part of our self-assessments for continued success, we measure parent satisfaction and reflections of the school as a caring learning environment. We also monitor student and faculty retention. We’re especially pleased with our achievements here.

Key: The lower the number, the better. (All of our averages have been below 2!)

1 = Strongly agree           2 = Agree

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