The academic program focuses on experience, inquiry and collaboration. Our goal is to teach students how to define good questions, how to research and analyze, and how to present their thinking in coherent and compelling ways. We graduate young adults of conscience, character, and compassion.
Students need to feel involved in their academic pursuits and supported by their teachers. Teachers are always available for discussion, inspiration and extra help. Our small school atmosphere with small classes creates opportunities for students to engage in debate and develop the intellectual skills fostered by a liberal arts education. We offer learning support and work with students to meet academic expectations. Gifted students are provided advanced learning opportunities.
The English department explores the classics and modern fiction with an emphasis on comparative analysis, writing, oration, research and criticism. Our humanities department aspires to offer students a broad base of knowledge and a grasp of the origins and evolution of ideas in history, politics, economics, and philosophy. We approach science with an emphasis on inquiry and the scientific method. Because of our country setting, we explore our own watershed and environment and seek to understand better ways to manage our resources. Our art curriculum is designed to encourage creative expression, teach tangible visual communication skills and both stir and calm the inner critic emphasizing the expression in the moment.
Our academics and mindfulness foster engaged, creative young adults who are supported by a compassionate community.
Minimum Academic Graduation Requirements
A diploma is issued once 24 credits are complete, a research class is credited, and a senior project is complete. Credits are to be earned in the following manner:
4 in English
2 in Health and Wellness
3 in Mathematics
2 in Art
3 in Social Studies
2 in Language
3 in Science
5 in Electives
All students intending to graduate will need to complete a research class either in 11th or 12th grade and will need to complete a substantial senior project. It is important for each of our students to graduate with experience in researching and managing a project of some magnitude.
The Lotus School of Liberal Arts is an expert in differentiating and accommodating the individual needs of each student. Our model relies upon a student services professional working collaboratively with the entire staff so that each student’s needs are formally articulated in a learning plan and adjusted as new milestones are reached and new needs arise. Teachers take the specific steps necessary in their classes to accommodate for and aid under-performing students. The grade of “C” represents a basic, minimum competence in the subject area. No credit or grade is awarded below this level of competence.
The student-teacher relationship at The Lotus School practice is of great importance. Teachers have a responsibility to create the conditions for students’ awakening, whether this means awakening to a math problem, a conflict between peers, a work of art or literature, or a school rule or practice. Students have a responsibility to make a supreme effort to use the practices at Lotus to keep their hearts and minds wide open to everything that happens during the school day.
However, for a teacher to be a good teacher, they must be an open-hearted student. For a student to learn, that student needs to see themselves as a teacher and must care for others. This interweaving of the student and teacher roles is what sustains the community. We each have an obligation to keep an open, compassionate space in our being so that every person in the community can flourish.
How do the graduates of The Lotus School handle the transition to college?
Due to our small class size and rigorous academics, our students feel well-prepared for higher education and make successful transitions to life at higher learning institutions.
After being part of a strong community in high school, as college freshmen, they are more likely to feel a part of the campus community.
Having had experience participating in seminar-style classes and having completed our writing curriculum as well as a senior project, graduates of The Lotus School also find it easier to adjust to the academic demands of their college or university.
Every student who moves on to a higher education program works with the student services at Lotus to develop an individualized plan for transition to a four- or two-year college or certificate program. Our goal is to cultivate skilled, well-adjusted, resilient young adults who can flourish in challenging environments. The individualized student plan is a map that will help the student identify their strengths and areas of needed support. Students also receive help with the college application process, as well as finding internships, employment, or community service opportunities.
Our graduates have attended colleges and universities across the nation.