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How will LNA’s 2024-2025 closure impact the current academic year including activities, events, and graduation?

LNA will continue to operate fully through the end of the 23-24 academic year to ensure our students, staff, and families can successfully complete the current academic year. All scheduled academic, extracurricular, end-of-year activities, and graduation will continue as planned.

Why close this now? Why did you wait so long to announce?

Throughout the year, it was our clear intent to keep LNA open. Before and during the school year, we made substantial investments to improve quality and stimulate additional interest in hopes of increasing enrollment and retaining our current students.

Throughout the admissions season we closely monitored new student enrollment. We had higher than average interest, tours, and shadows from potential students, providing us with an expectation for enrollment numbers. However, as the spring progressed, many prospective and existing families informed us of their decision to not attend LNA next year, often noting LNA’s small student body as a reason for choosing other options. This created unexpected critically low enrollment and made it apparent that there was no sustainable way for LNA to move forward.

What are the options for existing students next year?

We are committed to being a resource for helping families find options for next year. The following options are meant to provide choices for students and families to consider. We understand that many families will make their own choices.

  1. We have contacted other local Lutheran and Christian Schools to determine how to best help families with transferring enrollment. We have had several very positive responses from private schools in the area that are willing to assist our students to enroll in their schools. Courtney Adkinson will be providing this information to parents via email. If you would like this information, you may also contact her directly at LNA.
  2. All current LNA students have the opportunity to transfer to another LEAH school, at the same tuition level they are currently paying. Westlake Lutheran Academy (Katy-Area) currently only serves students up to 8th grade. Lutheran South Academy (Dixie Farm and Interstate 45) spans from PK3-12th grade. We will also offer a free shuttle for the 2024-25 academic year to LSA, if enough families desire this option. Although we know the distance is prohibitive for many families, we still wanted to make this an option.
  3. For 9-12th graders, LEAH Schools partners with an outside Lutheran online course provider. We can provide this option for students and families that desire an online education at this time.
  4. For 11th & 12th graders still wishing to graduate with an LNA diploma, we are exploring a blended learning option that would allow students to experience some academic, extracurricular, and social activities at an alternative location. A large enough cohort would need to commit to this in order to offer it. We will work with the upperclassmen to design this experience, if enough families desire this option.
  5. If you are an international student, Mrs. Korte will be reaching out to you directly to discuss your I-20 and other school options.

What about any fees paid for the upcoming 2024-25 academic year?

All enrollment fees paid for the upcoming academic year will be refunded. All application fees for newly enrolled students will also be refunded.

Will summer camps/programs be held?

Musical Theater Camp, Matilda, and Robotics summer programs will continue to be held if there is enough student interest in continuing. 

Academic and Athletic summer programs will not be offered.

What will happen to 2024 Gala Funds?

Donors will be given the option to receive a full refund of qualified cash donations given at the 2024 LNA Gala. All Gala funds not requested will go directly to support LNA students and teachers. We will work with the school administrators, teachers, students, and parents to plan a memorable end of the school year for our students.

Over the coming weeks, we will clarify with each donor their preference for their 2024 Gala cash donations.

Is this decision final or is there something we can do to keep the school open?

This painstaking decision was not made lightly and is final. The high school (LHN and LNA) has experienced 20 straight years of declining enrollment. During those years, the LEAH Board and different school leaders have tried numerous strategies to become financially viable. Our decision must be final because we are unable to absorb additional financial losses caused by low enrollment.

What will happen to the staff?

LEAH Administrators will try to find applicable positions for some staff members within LEAH, or its schools, and will assist others in finding opportunities outside of LEAH. The LEAH Board of Directors is also exploring reasonable severance options for full time LNA employees.

Can students buy their computers?

All computers must be turned in so that we can reset to factory settings and remove all proprietary software. We will offer 115 MacBook Airs (Retina, 13-inch, 2020) for $300.00. Those computers will be available for pick up at LNA on June 14, 2024, between 9 AM – 3 PM. We will provide more information and a link to a JotForm sign-up/payment in the next couple of weeks for people who are interested. These will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

What will happen to LNA Transcript and Historical Information?

LEAH will continue to retain all transcript data and keep all records in accordance with applicable legal holding requirements. Transcript information will continue to be issued in accordance with LEAH policies including the requirement that all past due balances are paid in full.

 Contact US

If you have additional questions, please feel free to talk with LNA administration or submit your question(s) by clicking the following link and completing the LNA Closing Question Form. The LNA Closing Question Form will enable us to ensure we do not miss any questions you have. You will be given the option to include your contact information for someone to respond or you may submit your question(s) anonymously to be addressed in upcoming meetings or communications.

In addition, Scott Fogo, Executive Director of LEAH, will be available for 20-minute meetings to meet with any families via Phone, Microsoft Teams, or in person. You can schedule a meeting with Scott via the following Calendly link Schedule a Meeting.