School Profile

Life Christian Academy School Profile 2017-2018

OUR MISSION:  To empower our students through academic excellence and quality enrichment to be revolutionary world changers who inspire others to love and follow Jesus.


Established in 1973 with six children and one preschool teacher, Life Christian Academy today provides a premier education experience to preschool through 12th grade students from throughout South Puget Sound and around the world. Our high school graduated its first senior class in 1997. Our leadership has never wavered in its commitment to providing a Christ-centered environment of academic excellence.


Love God.    Love others.   Speak life.    Pray powerful prayers.


Headmaster: Ross Hjelseth
Director of Advancement: Mark Lovelady
Elementary School Principal: Aaron Gentile
Middle School Principal: Mark Lovelady
High School Principal: Jon Kellett
Director of Admissions: Suzanne Corrigan

Director of Athletics: Yogi Cargill
Director of Spiritual Life: Jacob Coyne
Therapist/Counselor: Georgina Harris
Dean of Academic Guidance: Jami Buselmeier
Dean of Instruction: Chris Madlena
Registrar: Norma Rouleau

2017-18 ENROLLMENT [Preschool–12]: 565 Students

Asian/Pacific Islander: 15%
Black: 7%
Hispanic: 6%

Multi-Racial: 7%
Native American/Alaskan: 1%
White/Caucasian: 63%


Student/Teacher ratio: 11:1
Average class size: 16


All professionally certified or specially trained.


APPROVAL: WA State Department of Education


Washington Federation of Independent Schools
Washington Interscholastic Activities Association
National Association of Secondary School Principals

Council on Education Standards and Accountability
National Honor Society/Junior Honor Society


Life Christian Academy provides a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum integrated with a biblical worldview, in an environment that develops independence, creativity, and integrity. Our school program includes LIFE [Learning is For Everyone] for students with learning differences, English Language Learning for international students, Math and Science Institute with hands-on lab-based learning K-12, and Chinese language instruction for grades 1-5.

Faculty and Administration

All of our academy teachers are degreed and state certified. Specialists include a Registered Nurse, College Counselor, PE, & Fine Arts. Our staff represents 25 different community churches. Faculty to Student Ratio for grades 6-12 is 1:12.

Graduation Requirements for the College Bound



4 credits

AP Language and Composition available to Juniors

AP Literature and Composition available to Seniors



3 credits required, 4 recommended

AP Calculus AB available to Seniors

World Language

World Language

2 years required, 3-4 years recommended

Students may take either French or Spanish.

Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education

1 credit

AP Computer Science Principles available to

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.



4 credits
Social Studies

Social Studies

3.5 credits + completion of Washington State History

AP European History available to Sophomores

AP US History available to Juniors

Church History is counted as a Sophomore history credit.

Christian Ethics is counted as Contemporary World Problems.

Science with Lab

Science with Lab

3 credits required, 4 recommended

Honors Biology students can be seated for the AP exam.

Performing and Studio Arts

Performing and Studio Arts

1 credit + High School and Beyond Plan Electives Worksheet
Physical Education

Physical Education

2 credits

.5 credit Nutrition or Health

1.5 credits PE or 3 seasons of varsity sports



1 credit beginning with the class of 2020

.5 credit Service Ministry Project

.5 credit High School and Beyond Plan

View Our Testing Scores

Testing CEEB Code: 481384

Entrance and Placement: WRAT or HSPT
Grades 1-7: CTP4 (Educational Research Bureau)
Grade 8-9: ReadiStep (College Board)
Grade 10-11: PSAT (College Board)
Grade 12: SAT (College Board); ACT Optional

SAT mean scores for 2013. Note that all students are encouraged to test including International Students, LIFE Program students, and the non-college bound.


SAT – each subject rated on a scale of 200-800

LCA – Critical Reading 517 Math 501 Writing 519 [MultiChoice 50.9/Essay 7.9]
National – Cr. Reading 496 Math 514 Writing 488 [MultiChoice 49.0/Essay 7.1]

Examples of Colleges Accepting Life Christian Academy Graduates

Abilene Christian University
Arizona State University
Azusa Pacific University
Biola University
Boston College
Claremont McKenna
College of the Holy Cross
Embry Riddle University
Emerson College
Emory University, Oxford
Fashion Institute of Technology
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida State University
George Fox University
Gonzaga University
Ithaca College
John Carroll University
Kettering University
Kings College
Le Tourneau University
Lee University

Liberty University
Long Island University, South Hampton
Loyola Marymount University
New York University
Northwest University
Oregon State University
Otis College of Art and Design
Pacific Lutheran University
Pepperdine University
Purdue University
SUNY at Buffalo
Santa Clara University
Seattle Pacific University
St. Lawrence University
Stanford University
Texas Christian University
US Air Force Academy
University of Arizona
University of British Columbia
University of California, Davis & Irvine
University of Denver

University of Indiana, Bloomington
University of Massachusetts
University of North Carolina
University of Notre Dame
University of Ohio
University of Oregon
University of Pittsburgh
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
University of Richmond
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Washington State University
Western Washington University
Westmont College
Wheaton College
Whitman College
Whitworth College

Programs and Activities


Vocal (Grades K-12)
Instrumental (Grades 5-12).




Knowledge Bowl
Chess Team
Rotary Interact
Mock Trials


Support and remediation for students with documented learning challenges.


60 hours of service ministry devoted to one organization


One week of service in Mexico or locally


Spiritually focused camps by grade level for grades 7-12