A School Built On A Commitment To A Globally Minded Education
LILA Celebrates Our 10th Anniversary 2014-15
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In the early 2000s, a small group of parents from the Forest Lake area began discussions about creating an elementary school that could contribute to the world community with bilingual graduates worthy of the International Baccalaureate credentials. A lofty goal? Perhaps. But not unattainable for these determined, frugal, and visionary individuals. They formed an Interim Board of Directors that founded Lakes International Language Academy as a public charter school, specifically choosing not to identify “Spanish” in the school name so that perhaps one day we might include another language of study.
Today, we're so much closer to the dream than we ever could have imagined in 2004, when Lakes International Language Academy first opened. We've added a preschool, Kinder Prep, with a language-infused curriculum for ages 3 and 4. In 2015, we opened our Upper School and expanded to include grades 7 and 8. Grades 9-12 will follow for the 2016-17 school year.
We now have two spectacular campuses: the Main Campus, which houses the Lower School and features a full-size gymnasium and stage as well as a stunning library and computer lab paid for with grant monies; Headwaters Campus, which houses the Upper School and features flexible performance and study spaces as well as 1:1 iPads and upgraded WiFi. And now we offer both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese language immersion for grades K-5, plus immersion Spanish and Mandarin Chinese AND fast-track Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and French for non-immersion language learners at our Upper School.
In 2015, we introduced our first-ever mascot. The LILA Dragons represent primarily the Upper School in sports and academic activities. We also bought our first school bus. The progress continues with steady leadership, parent and teacher support, student enthusiasm, and big dreams!