Quick Facts

LMA 2009-2010



Mission Statement

The mission of Lake Michigan Academy is to promote quality education, academic excellence, and individual achievement for students with learning disabilities.

Core Principles

  • Community of Learners
  • Self-Esteem Through Success
  • Teaching Advocacy and Independence
  • Different Learning, Different Teaching
  • Differentiated Education for each Child's Strengths and Needs
  • Remediation and Accommodation for Skill Development
  • Literacy in Every Class

Program Descriptions

  • Lower School

    • Sections
      • Elementary: 2nd-5th
      • Middle School: 5th-7th
      • Junior High: 8th Grade
    • Afternoon Lab Focuses
      • Language Lab
        • Including collaboration with SLD Center for certified reading tutors to enhance low ratio literacy instruction.
      • Motor Skills Development
      • Visual Arts & Performing Arts
      • Math Lab Options: Design, Applications and Concept Development
      • People Skills
      • Fifth Lab
    • New 09-10: School Day extended until 3:15 with addition of Fifth Lab.

      • Enrichment and self-advocacy development.
      • Further support for literacy development.
      • Application of People Skills.
      • Organizational support.
      • Study Hall mandatory for those with outstanding assignments.
      • Students elect to take enrichment classes.
  • High School

    • Fall 09-10 Class Offerings
      • Science: Biology & Environmental Science
      • Social Studies: US History & Government/Economics
      • English: three classes
      • Math: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry & Senior Math
      • Additional Options available through e2020 on-line curriculum
    • Full-time Enrollment Option
      • 3 electives at LMA
      • 09-10: Business Management, Media & Communications and on-line elective through e2020 curriculum
    • Part-time Enrollment Option
      • Electives at public school, another non-public school or through home-school program
      • Electives and technical training at Kent Career Technical Center or Kent Transition Center (juniors and seniors)
      • Work-study Credit (juniors and seniors only)
    • Graduation Options
      • LMA Diploma
        • State-Approved Diploma
        • Minimum of 22 credits
        • Michigan Merit Curriculum Requirements OR
        • Personal Curriculum based on Post-Secondary Goals
      • Non-LMA Diploma
        • Credit minimum determined by diploma issuing school
        • Michigan Merit Curriculum Requirements OR
        • Personal Curriculum based on area(s) of disability documented in IEP
        • Personal Curriculum must be approved by diploma issuing district in junior year

    • New 09-10: Friday Block
      • 2nd Hour: Advisory Period
        • Executive Function Support (time management; stress management; organization; planning, memory strategies, etc..)
        • Self-Advocacy
        • Portfolio Preparation
        • Class Level Announcements & Advising
      • 3rd Hour: Zero Hour
        • Study Hall
          • Mandatory if missing assignments on weekly Progress Report
        • Leadership
          • Student Council, ACT preparation, College and Career Exploration
        • Ed Tech
          • Assistive Technology, Credit Recovery or Credit Advancement
        • Class Extension
          • Science, Social Studies or support as needed

09-10 Enrollment & Service Areas


09-10 School Districts

    • Allendale, Zeeland, Plainwell, Grand Rapids, Forest Hills, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Grandville, Kenowa Hills, & Rockford.
    • 1 family moved to GR from Lansing to attend LMA.


09-10 Partner Schools (part-time high school students)
    • Catholic Central, Forest Hills Eastern, East Grand Rapids, GRPS Union, Forest Hills Central