Classical Education

2024-2025 New Student Enrollment 

Applications for enrollment open 2/1/2024 until 2/29/2024

Who is Lake Country Classical Academy?

As a Hillsdale College Member School, Lake Country Classical Academy (LCCA) is alicensed user of the Hillsdale K-12 curriculum, providing a classical education that is content-rich across four disciplines: math, science, English language arts (including phonics, grammar and writing), and history, with significant attention to music, art, and foreign language. Students will graduate from LCCA as highly literate and ethical citizens who are well-prepared to advance into any life endeavor.


Why choose Lake Country Classical Academy?

Classical Education

Our mission is to train the minds and improve the hearts of young people through a content-rich, classical education in the liberal arts and sciences, with instruction in the principles of moral character and civic virtue.


Tuition-Free, Public Education

Lake Country Classical Academy is an independent (2r), public (tuition-free), charter school. Enrollment is open to all students without geographical restrictions. All new students who apply have equal chance of admission with consideration to specific priorities.


Liberal Arts and Sciences 

An education in the liberal arts and sciences has been identified for centuries as the education most fitting for a free person and for a society to be truly free. The liberal arts and sciences effectively supply the pupil with enriching content to strengthen the mind and character.


Teacher-led Instruction 

Lessons and content are delivered by well-qualified teachers who engage students in their lessons. Socratic questioning serves to draw students into the content they are being taught and to encourage them to delight in a sense of wonder.


Civic Virtue 

Students are taught the importance of service and commitment to their country, their local communities, and their school. Students study the history of America—its successes and struggles—in multiple grades and learn their duty to protect and promote the freedoms afforded to every individual through the founding and establishment of the American government.


Moral Character 

LCCA focuses on developing the moral character of each student. We focus on the core virtues of honesty, respect, responsibility, courage, and wisdom. Students hear stories and lessons about good character, discuss those with their teachers and classmates, observe how faculty and staff model them, and are encouraged to practice them.


Frequently Asked Questions

Charter schools are public schools, open and accessible to all. Just like any other public school, they are tuition-free and abide by state and federal charter school regulations. A charter school's independence allows for innovation, thus allowing parents a choice in how their children are educated. A group of community members form a founding board and craft a charter plan describing the school’s mission, principles, structure, and performance measures. In Wisconsin, when an authorizer (either a state-appointed independent authorizer or a school district board) approves the founding group's application, a charter (or contract) between the school board and the authorizer is established and implemented. Once the school becomes operational, the state begins funding the charter school on a per-pupil basis.

In many ways, Classical education is a “getting back to the basics” approach which provides a strong liberal arts and sciences foundation — a general knowledge in the four core subjects of literature, history, science, and mathematics, as well as attention to performance in art and music. Classical education involves a traditional learning environment using teacher-led instruction and ongoing teacher-student engagement. In addition, classical education instructs toward a deep, conceptual understanding and cultivates thoughtful articulation of ideas from students by engaging them with purposeful questions designed to promote true thinking. The ancients understood that man is naturally a rational being, and an education ought to promote the development of reason. Students who have mastery of grammar and vocabulary, logical reasoning, and persuasive, eloquent speaking and writing have the requisite tools necessary to study and master any subject they choose. At its foundation, classical education is a model that aims to place the very best examples of goodness, truth, and beauty before students to teach them what they ought to like and dislike. It is the process of directing their affections to the noble and right.

 Paraphrase from Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis.  

Latin has long been the language of the educated across cultures, so many of the greatest thinkers penned their works in Latin. To gain a full appreciation of their work in its original beauty and form, a student must have mastered Latin. At LCCA, we offer each student a start down the path of mastery beginning in sixth grade to allow them the chance to access the richness of their intellectual heritage. However, even those who do not pursue this course of study to full mastery reap incredible rewards.

To provide a few examples, a basic knowledge of Latin provides a foundation for improving students’ reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar since Latin is the root tongue for 60% of English words (90% of words over two syllables) and 80% of Spanish. College-bound seniors who took Latin had a mean score of 685 in critical reading and 682 in writing for their SAT scores; data taken from College Board SAT Total Group Report, 2016. Lastly, Greek and Latin equip a person with the strongest single foundation for mastering the romance languages of French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish. Studying Latin sharpens the mind, provides access to the greatest thoughts in their purest form, and supports future language acquisition.

We believe that technology should be regarded as a tool — it will never take the place of teacher-led instruction. If helpful, we will favor its use. Where it may be a hindrance, we will avoid it. Use of cell phones by students will not be permitted during the school day, and this policy will be strictly enforced. Laptops/Chromebooks will be utilized for state testing, but otherwise, computers are rarely used by students. Teachers may use a computer, projector, document camera, or other device for instructional support, including to provide helpful visuals.

Yes. As a public school, LCCA will accept ALL students. Our Student Services Department will provide assistance to those with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and to English Language Learners. Classroom teachers and student services staff will collaborate to ensure that students remain in the general classroom as much as possible.

No. Unlike conventional public schools, charter schools do not receive money through local property taxes for facilities or transportation.

Yes. In order to foster an atmosphere of respect and minimize distraction, students will be required to wear uniforms. Studies have reaffirmed what we already know to be true — that uniforms are conducive to a good learning environment. The school will make every effort to provide assistance to families in need.

School hours at our Elementary School (K – 6th grade) in Okauchee are 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The hours of our Upper School (7th grade and above) in Oconomowoc are 8:20 a.m. – 3:25 p.m.
Tree of Life Learning Center, located at Holy Trinity Church west of LCCA’s Elementary campus, offers an option for after-school childcare for LCCA students in kindergarten through 6th grades until 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday when school is in session. LCCA K-6 students registered to attend after-care at Tree of Life LC will be escorted to Holy Trinity at the end of dismissal. Scheduling children’s days/time of use is required in advance.

Homework is an important element of our general academic program. It helps develop a strong work ethic and habits of organization. Students are expected to learn how to use their time effectively to complete the required work at each grade level. Parents are expected to support their children in this endeavor. 

In general, families may anticipate approximately 10 minutes of homework per grade, plus 20 minutes of reading time. For students in grades K-1, we encourage you to choose a book to read as a family and make progress on it every night.

Grade Level 

Approximate Homework Time 


10 minutes plus family reading time 

1st Grade 

10-15 minutes plus family reading time 

2nd Grade 

20-25 minutes plus reading time 

3rd Grade 

30-35 minutes plus reading time 

4th Grade 

40-45 minutes plus reading time 

5th Grade 

50-55 minutes plus reading time 

6th Grade 

60-65 minutes plus reading time 

7th Grade 

70-75 minutes plus reading time 

8th Grade 

80-85 minutes plus reading time 

9th grade and above 

1.5 hours plus reading time 


The designated times serve as guidelines and may vary depending on the work assigned on a given day, the varying abilities of the students, and the nature of the assignments. 

We do not currently offer AP classes or tests. In future years, we may offer AP classes in particular content areas where the courses do not conflict with the aims of our curriculum recommendations from the Hillsdale K-12 Office. Our classical curriculum has proven to be advanced, so often students will be prepared to take AP tests for content areas related to the courses we offer. When a student performs well on an AP test, meaning their score is a 3 or higher, he or she could receive college credit for their achievement.

The Wisconsin charter school law gives charter schools freedom from most state rules and regulations in exchange for greater accountability for results. The charter defines the missions and methods of the charter school. The chartering authority holds the school accountable to its charter.

As a Hillsdale College Member School, Lake Country Classical Academy utilizes Hillsdale College’s K-12 curriculum. It is content-rich, balanced, and strong, with emphasis upon the four core disciplines of math, science, literature, and history, with attention to music, art, physical education, and foreign languages. The K-12 Program Guide is an excellent and thoughtfully designed K-12 course of study in the liberal arts and sciences. In this way, LCCA meets and exceeds any standards set by the state.


What Parents are Saying...

"My children are happy and thriving. They come home each day excited to tell us all about their school day. They sing their songs all weekend and read books in their tree house. Their curiosity and love of learning is evident. The teachers have fostered those habits all school year and it is every present even at home."

"I love the principal's morning assemblies at the elementary school. I love the literature my kids are reading/studying. I love how the values and morals our family teaches at home are being reinforced at school through the curriculum and culture."

"The vibe I get every time I'm at LCCA is LOVE. Love for the kids, and love for all who are there. I love the teaching concept of lecture and note taking and that I can help my 7th grader with homework if needed. I brag about the school to anyone who will listen!"

"I love what our school stands for and the standards that it is setting for what education should look like, even down to the uniforms! I love seeing my kids go to school every morning looking the part to learn! I love the teachers and their ability to foster and nurture the love of learning." 

"I love the overall sense of care and concern for the child at LCCA. My son feels a sense of community like never before, and I am confident sending him to school every day knowing he is being challenged in the classroom."