Honor Academy

What are the academies?

These academies exist to challenge and develop students with interests in various disciplines - Health & Human Performance, Humanities, Music Conservatory, and STEM. Each academy pushes students with advanced coursework, community engagement, and a capstone project.

Why an Academy?

It is as simple as: Pursue your passion, Honor God, Serve the Community.

The Academies at Lutheran High School is a unique curricular concept designed for students who desire academic rigor and the opportunity to pursue their passions in a particular academic area. Opportunities for students to personalize the Academy to fit their passions allow students to thrive. Students choose an area of focus interesting to them so they can dive in, learn, and get a head start on their future career. Upon completion of requirements, students earn an “endorsement” on their high school transcript.

An Academy Endorsement serves as a differentiator in the college admissions process. Students who complete the Academy requirements can show colleges and universities that they went “above and beyond” the normal high school experience.

An Academy allows students to pursue their passions. Students who already have a sense of their future career area, or desire to see if certain academic field is the right future fit can pursue a deeper understanding of that field through an Academy.

An Academy builds future leaders. Through the community collaboration, the cross-academy course work, and the capstone project, students will receive the necessary skills to serve and lead others.

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The Honors Academies

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When can a student join an academy?

Students apply to an academy their Freshman year, and enter the academy their Sophomore year through their Senior year. With the extra coursework and responsibilities that accompany academy membership, applicants must demonstrate an ability to approach additional responsibilities with both a scholastic aptitude and appropriate attitude.

Upon completion of academy requirements, Living Word Lutheran will be pleased to add an academy endorsement to a student’s transcript. This endorsement informs institutions of higher learning, future employers, and organizations that the student has had significant exposure to both the academic and practical applications of their area of passion, while completing a well-rounded program of study at Living Word Lutheran. This endorsement is also our acknowledgement that apart from merely taking additional courses, this student has had the opportunity to work with mentors, collaborate with other academy students and faculty, present their accomplishments to the LWLHS and greater community, and serve others in very tangible ways.

Humanities Capstone Project

Sam Grosskruz, Class of 2020, Humanities Capstone Project.

STEM Capstone Project

Sam Grosskruz, Class of 2020, STEM Capstone Project.

Music Conservatory Capstone Project

Click here to view Benjamin Brenckle's, Class of 2020, Music Conservatory Capstone Project.

Music Conservatory Capstone Project

Will Lamm & Emma Schulz, Class of 2021, Music Conservatory Capstone Project.

Humanities Capstone Project

Hank Bell, Class of 2020, Humanities Capstone Project.

Music Conservatory Capstone Project

Caleb Wiegert, Class of 2020, Music Conservatory Capstone Project.

Music Conservatory Capstone Project

Click here to view Sam Grosskreuz's, Class of 2020, Music Conservatory Capstone Project.

STEM Capstone Project

Will Lamm, Class of 2021, STEM Capstone Project.