La Academia

La Academia

Knowledge is Power

Graduation Requirements

At La Academia, scholars must earn the following credits to graduate high school:

  • 4 English Credits
  • 3 Math Credits
  • 3 Science Credits
  • 3 Social Studies Credits
  • 2 Arts or Humanities Credits
  • 6 Additional Elective Credits
  • 1 Health/Physical Education Credit

This is a total of 22 credits. Additionally, the state of Pennsylvania requires that each scholar in grades 9-12 be enrolled in a Physical Education class and an English class each year that they are in high school. All scholars must take at least 1 health class during high school. Credits can only be earned during enrollment in grades 9-12.

A copy of the PA Graduation Requirements can be found here.

Making Real-World Connections Through Project-Based Learning

La Academia is transforming to a Project-Based Learning (PBL) school. In PBL, learning in scholar-centered, hands-on, and collaborative. scholars make real-world connections through challenging projects and work to solve complex problems.They build skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and communication. scholars are assessed on more than just their content knowledge. They are also assessed on how they apply that knowledge to solving authentic problems.


La Academia has partnered with New Tech Network and the Lancaster County STEM Alliance to bring Project-Based Learning to our scholars. Through generous donations from the Lancaster County STEM Alliance, all scholars at La Academia are provided with a Chromebook to use. These computers are used in classes on a daily basis to further the authentic learning happening in the classroom. Our partnership with New Tech Network give us access to the ECHO platform which provides access to course resources, project plans, assignments, a gradebook, online groups, and much more.


Project-based learning moves from a traditional teacher-centered approach to a scholar-centered approach to learning. scholars are not only able to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts but they are also able to develop important workplace skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and work ethic. Project-based learning answers they age old “Why do I have to learn this?” that scholars are always asking and motivates many scholars that might otherwise find school boring or meaningless.

STEM at La Academia:
What is it and why is it so important?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math but it is not merely the sum of these four disciplines. In fact, it’s not really a discipline at all; it’s a culture of inquiry and problem solving that will prepare scholars for success in the 21st century workforce.

Becoming a STEM school requires rigorous academic learning in all content areas, including the arts and humanities. It suggests that the pedagogy in each content area prioritize hands-on learning, an evidence-based inquiry process, authentic and relevant content and the specific work-based skills all scholars will need in the future: strong oral and written communications skills, collaboration, digital literacy, math competence, and agency, which is defined as the capacity of an individual to make independent choices and to accept responsibility for those choices.

About Lancaster STEM Alliance.

Dual Language Education

What is it?

The majority of dual language programs in the United States teach in English and Spanish, although increasing numbers of programs use a partner language other than Spanish, such as Arabic, French, Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, or Mandarin.

Dual language programs use the partner language for at least half of the instructional day in the elementary years. These programs generally start in kindergarten or first grade and extend for at least five years, and many continue into middle school and high school. Most dual language programs are located in neighborhood schools, although many are charter, magnet, or private schools.

Dual language programs foster bilingualism, biliteracy, enhanced awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity, and high levels of academic achievement through instruction in two languages.

Types of Dual Language Programs

There are four main types of dual language program, which mainly differ in the population:

  1. Developmental, or maintenance, bilingual programs. These enroll primarily scholars who are native speakers of the partner language.
  2. Two-way (bilingual) immersion programs. These enroll a balance of native English speakers and native speakers of the partner language.
  3. Foreign language immersion, language immersion or one-way immersion. These enroll primarily native English speakers.
  4. Heritage language programs. These mainly enroll scholars who are dominant in English but whose parents, grandparents, or other ancestors spoke the partner language.

Features of Dual Language Programs

All elementary school dual language programs, regardless of the population, use the partner language (the language other than English) for AT LEAST 50% of the instructional day.

There are two basic models:

  • 90/10: In two-way and developmental bilingual programs, the partner language is used most or all of the day in the primary grades (80-90%). Foreign language (one-way) immersion programs that implement the full immersion program use the partner language for 100% of subject matter instruction, and in some cases, also offer specialist classes in the partner language. In all cases, the partner language and English are used equally in the later grades.
  • 50/50: The partner language and English are used equally throughout the program.