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This computer-based elective focuses on skill development, creativity, and working independently and as a team.  Areas of focus include typing skills, Google Apps, and Microsoft Office® (Publisher®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, and Word®).  Another main focus of the class is digital citizenship and internet safety. Graphic Arts is also a featured unit of instruction; areas of focus include: Photoshop®, photo editing, creating advertising campaigns, designing websites, and making movies.


This is a course that is split into two half-year segments. In one half of the course students will be building and programming Lego EV3 Robots. In the other half of the course students will be given challenges exercising skills in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. They must build products that will meet the challenges (i.e., build the tallest tower that you can using certain items, build the fastest race car that you can using particular materials, create a container in which you can mail a potato chip without it breaking). During each project students will be researching information on the internet, using a budget, and creating advertisements that market their product. Students will be working in teams and must present their final project to their peers.

Physical Education

The three major objectives stressed in the physical education classes include physical/motor development, cognitive development, and social development.  Motor skills are developed through participation in various games, sports, and physical activities that require coordination, strength, endurance, balance, and kinesthetic awareness. By participating in a program of physical activities, individuals will increase their proficiency in routine tasks and activities of daily living.  Cognitive skills are developed as students are taught the rules and regulations of games and activities and are given support and guidance to sequence and practice these skills in a non-competitive environment. The ability to think and interpret situations is developed through many experiences in games and sports.  Students are also encouraged to establish interest, appreciation and a positive attitude relating to physical education and physical activity. Students will develop social skills by participating in group activities where cooperation, team play and communication are essential for success in the game.


Learning Prep School provides students in the high school the opportunity to participate in creating the yearbook. Students are actively involved in taking and manipulating creative digital photos, journaling the year’s events using lively grammar, peer-editing page layouts and copy, and publishing a professional-looking high school yearbook.

Performing Arts

In this elective, students are encouraged to explore their creativity and exercise perspective-taking.  Students explore characters, relationships, settings, conflicts, and plot.  They participate in acting out scripted and improvised scenes.  Students also exercise constructive self-criticism. 


The goals of the High School Art program are for our students to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of methods, materials and techniques unique to the visual arts.
  • Use a variety of materials and media (e.g., crayons, chalk, paint, clay, papers, textiles and yarns).
  • Understand how to utilize various materials and media to produce different visual effects.
  • Create artwork in a variety of 2-D (drawing, painting, collage) and 3-D (clay, paper, found objects for assemblage and construction).

To the best of their abilities, students are expected to:

  • Explore the range of effects possible within each medium, such as transparent, opaque, wet, dry stippled and blended.
  • Create artwork that demonstrates an awareness of the range and purpose of tools such as pens, brushes, markers, etc.
  • Use the appropriate vocabulary related to the materials, methods and techniques.
  • Maintain the tools, materials, created work and workspace responsibly and safely.

Students continue to work on projects that:

  • Show their ability to create 2-D and 3-D works that illustrate knowledge of characteristics of particular media, materials and tools.
  • Explore a single subject through a series of works, varying the medium or technique.
  • Demonstrate their capacity to make appropriate choices of 2-D and 3-D media, tools and techniques to achieved desired effects in specific projects. Identify represent and experiment with colors, lines, textures, shapes, forms, patters, symmetry and space.

 Food Service

Students are directly involved in food production, while various topics are covered across the curriculum. From relevant math, science and nutrition information to transition and generalized work habits, culinary arts can transcend any subject. Students are continually encouraged to make connections between their work in the kitchen to work in their classes, work outside of school, and future careers. Our ultimate goal is to prepare students for life by giving them first-hand experiences and skills that they can apply to many situations.

Child Care

The LPS Child Care program is a course designed to provide students an opportunity to work in a licensed program that provides a service for both the staff and students. The Child Care teachers provide a warm and nurturing environment for the children of LPS employees while developing hands-on work experience for the students who choose Child Care as an elective.

Students work alongside the Child Care teachers to assist with the daily routines and tasks necessary to run a successful program. Students do not necessarily have to want a career in Child Care to participate, however, if interested, they will be provided with information and support to pursue further.

The teachers objective is to instruct using school-wide learning strategies and daily learning opportunities to reinforce work skills and behaviors necessary to run a successful program. Understanding the importance of punctuality, positive social skills, teamwork, self-advocacy, professionalism, timely task completion, sequencing tasks, hygiene, health & safety, are just some of the skills addressed in this program. The natural interactions that occur between students and the children are the most amazing testament to our success!

We also work closely with our Occupational Therapy Department, Work/Study program, and Culinary Services to reinforce the work and life skills that are useful at home, the community and the general work force.

Our program is very unique in its ability to join families of staff and students into a very comfortable working and learning environment that benefits everyone long after graduation!


Learning Prep School provides an individualized language-based program to students with complex learning profiles, including dyslexia, expressive/receptive language issues, autism spectrum disorder, and social communication disorder.

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