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Upper School

Upper School Principal’s Welcome

The 2023-24 school year promises to be a bright one at LSA! We are looking forward to the opening of the new middle school building. This new construction adding roughly 11,000 square feet to the existing Upper School will house our 7th and 8th grade students along with providing a safer room plus seven additional classrooms, student restrooms and a teacher workroom. Modeling a middle school concept, including a common planning time, the teams of 7th and 8th grade teachers will be able to address the unique needs of students in these grades. Teachers collaborating will create the best learning environment for the students. We are grateful for the donations that have enabled us to build based on the needs of our students. 

The Upper School of Lee-Scott Academy is focused on preparing our students for a productive and fulfilled life after graduation by providing students with a challenging academic foundation for success in both college and career. Our challenging curriculum is based on current research based standards that create a foundation of knowledge in each of our core classes of English, foreign language, math, science, and social studies. Students are encouraged to extend their learning beyond the walls of our classrooms by taking dual enrollment classes in addition to Honors, Pre-AP and AP classes.

Students in 7th – 8th grades utilize school-owned iPads and students in 9th – 12th are issued school-owned MacBooks. As an Apple Distinguished School, we encourage using technology to support student learning allowing LSA to move away from the traditional structured learning and toward a more flexible, self-directed approach, where teachers encourage students to be more creative in their learning and can collaborate with peers in group settings.

In honoring our mission at LSA, our faculty and staff strive to create a learning environment that nurtures and develops Christ-centered values in our students. Small group devotions as well as a faculty prayer time have demonstrated to be valued by faculty and students. We desire to grow together in the body of Christ. Teaching, leading and encouraging our students to understand the values of Christ and treating fellow students as we would like to be treated are values that are central to our mission. As a school, we believe encouraging a strong faith in our students is also vital for us to foster.

The Upper School recognizes academic excellence of our students through the ongoing review of academic course offerings. Students have opportunities to take numerous honors, Pre-AP, AP and Dual Enrollment courses. Students may also be eligible for membership in numerous academic and performance honor societies. Students are provided many opportunities to participate in varied athletic teams or to participate in drama, chorus or art. With growing opportunities including many club activities, our desire is for each student to find a place to contribute and become part of a meaningful group. Excellence is recognized in all areas of the arts, athletics and academics.

We value the trust placed in us when students choose to attend Lee-Scott Academy. Our students are why we do what we do. Each day our faculty strives to make a difference in the lives of our students.

Ms. Donna Lloyd

Upper School Principal

Community Service

In keeping with the principles of the Lee-Scott mission statement, one of the requirements of graduation is the fulfillment of community service either on or off campus. Students beginning the summer prior to their 9th grade year, may start earning community service hours. It is recommended that students have a combination of on and off campus community service hours. Students entering 9th grade must earn a minimum of 60 community service hours prior to graduation. Students enrolling in LSA in these grades will need to complete the following as a requirement of graduation:

10th grade:  60 hours
11th grade:  40 hours
12th grade:  20 hours

Please see the counselors if there are questions regarding acceptable community service.

The form to document community service hours may be located in the counselor’s or principal’s office.

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment is a program that allows high school students to enroll in college coursework and earn college credits. These courses are completed on the college calendar by semester. Classes may be taken online or physically on the college campus if scheduling permits. Lee-Scott Academy offers four Dual Enrollment courses on our campus: PreCalculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, and Elementary Statistics.

Dual enrollment is available to students in grades 10 – 12. Requirements vary depending on the college.

Dual Enrollment FAQ Sheet

Auburn University

Auburn University offers its Auburn First program to high school students an accessible and affordable opportunity to take official Auburn University courses and earn both college and high school credit at the same time.

Auburn University Dual Enrollment

The University of Alabama

Explore the University of Alabama’s early college program for high school students.

UA Early College Program

Troy University

Explore Troy University’s Accelerate program for high school students.

Troy University Accelerate Program

Point University

Point University’ss program provides academically outstanding students with the opportunity to take Point courses while finishing high school.

Point Dual-Credit Enrollment

Columbus State

Columbus State’s Dual Enrollment program is designed for students who wish to enroll concurrently in high school and college-level courses. A Dual Enrollment student earns both high school and college credits, and students may be enrolled part-time or full-time.

Columbus State Dual Enrollment

Southern Union

Southern Union’s Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit High School program allows eligible high school students to enroll in college classes concurrently with high school classes and receive both high school and college credit. The student must be in grade ten, eleven, or twelve, have a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Southern Union Dual Enrollment

Wallace Community College Selma

Wallace’s Dual Enrollment allows high school students to get a jump start on their college careers. Students are afforded the opportunity to earn college credit while earning a high school diploma. Dual Enrollment provides students the ability to adjust to the college environment and course expectations before becoming a full-time college student. College credit will be awarded immediately upon successful completion of the course.

Wallace Community College Selma High School Programs

AP and Pre-AP Courses

In keeping with the college preparatory aspect of the school’s mission, Lee-Scott Academy offers its students the opportunity to take Pre-Advanced Placement and Advancement Placement (AP) classes. These courses are sponsored by the College Board, and are rigorous courses that demand additional investments of time, energy, and motivation on the part of the students. Students are regularly engaged in academic conversations, close observation and analysis, evidence based writing and higher order thinking skills. This approach prepares students for AP courses and post secondary coursework. 

Currently the following Pre-AP and AP courses are available for Upper School students:

9th Grade
Pre-AP Biology
Pre-AP English 1 (9th Grade)

10th Grade
Pre-AP English 2 (10th Grade)
AP European History

11th Grade
AP English Language and Composition
AP US History

12th Grade
AP Biology
AP English Literature
AP Government and Politics

All students that take an AP class are required to sit for the exam at the end of the year.

Information about College Board’s Advanced Placement program can be found here:

Advanced Placement Student Homepage

If you are interested in taking Advanced Placement classes but are unsure about whether or not the university you plan to attend will accept the credit, click the link below and search for the university in which you are interested to see their credit policies regarding AP classes:

University AP Credit Policies

AP Biology

Students will study the core scientific principles, theories, and processes that govern living organisms and biological systems. You’ll do hands-on laboratory work to investigate natural phenomena.

AP Biology Coursework

AP English Language and Composition

Students learn about the elements of argument and composition as you develop your critical-reading and writing skills. You’ll read and analyze nonfiction works from various periods and write essays with different aims: for example, to explain an idea, argue a point, or persuade your reader of something.

AP English Language and Composition Coursework

AP English Literature

Students learn how to understand and evaluate works of fiction, poetry, and drama from various periods and cultures. You’ll read literary works and write essays to explain and support your analysis of them.

AP English Literature

AP European History

Students study the cultural, economic, political, and social developments that have shaped Europe from c. 1450 to the present. You’ll analyze texts, visual sources, and other historical evidence and write essays expressing historical arguments.

AP European History

AP US History

Students can study the cultural, economic, political, and social developments that have shaped the United States from c. 1491 to the present. You’ll analyze texts, visual sources, and other historical evidence and write essays expressing historical arguments.

AP US History Coursework
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