- Phone: (610)-776-7301
- Mailing Address: 1151 S. Cedar Crest Blvd.
- Allentown, PA 18103
Lehigh Christian Academy, located in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, began operation in 1973 with nineteen students in grades two through eleven. LCA is unique in that it has always been operated as a cooperative effort of churches from different denominations. Christ Methodist Church and Trinity Baptist Church were the founding and original governing churches. The basement of Christ Methodist Church housed the initial school and students were enrolled in the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) program. The governing churches have changed, as well as the campus, but the purpose of the school has remained the same, “to provide a quality education that is Christ-centered.”
In 1978, as a result of continued growth under the leadership of the school’s founder, Pastor Kenneth Smith, the board decided to begin the process of changing to a traditional approach to education. The school year opened with combined classes for kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Continuing to pursue excellence in education, the board and administration decided to enter into the accreditation process. This was a huge undertaking but proved to be a significant step in the school’s path toward growth and improvement. After a lengthy self-study process, the elementary division of the school was visited by a joint team from The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). LCA received full accreditation in 1983 and was the first elementary school, public or Christian, to receive this recognition in the Middle States region. This was a major accomplishment for a small school. At the time of the visit there were 111 students in the elementary division and 90 in the secondary.
After receiving accreditation the school continued to grow and add programs. A preschool division was added and most classes became single grades rather than combination classes. Eventually many grade levels have doubles to ensure our low student:teacher ratio.
In 1988, following three years of careful planning, four local Christian elementary schools decided to form a joint area Christian high school. The high school division of LCA dissolved and was reorganized as part of Lehigh Valley Christian High School. LCA was now a preschool through eighth grade school. At this time, the students of LCA were attending classes at Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church and Christ Methodist Church. Trinity Baptist Church withdrew as a governing church and Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church was added to the governing board.
Since our first accreditation cycle, LCA has been reaccredited every seven years. Currently accredited until 2020, the administration and staff continue to improve LCA academic program. Having a qualified staff that loves God, loves teaching, and loves students enables LCA to fulfill its mission of “providing a quality education that is Christ-centered.” A counselor was hired. A Learning Support Room and enrichment program were added. LCA has kept up with and surpassed many schools in the area with its technological growth.
Lehigh Christian Academy has successfully implemented a high school in the fall of 2018 with 9th and 10th grades. In the fall of 2019 we will implement an eleventh grade, and then finally, in the 2020-2021 school year, we will incorporate a twelfth grade.
Lehigh Christian Academy is the oldest Christian school in the Lehigh Valley. Although enrollment is a challenge in the changing economic climate, LCA has continued to improve all aspects of its academic programs and seeks to succeed in its mission and enable our students to become an influence for Christ in our community. It is the prayer of LCA’s board and staff that the school will continue to function effectively as a Christian testimony in the community as long as the Lord allows.