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Special Programs (ESE)

Lakeland Christian School

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Lakeland Christian School

One of the core values of LCS is the belief that we are partnering with parents in the Christian education of their children. We believe that mutual respect, communication and involvement by all partners is essential for success of our mission.LCS is a school. We believe that being a Christian school and being a top-flight academic institution should not be mutually exclusive. On the contrary, we take the mandate of Colossians 3:23 that calls us to strive to be the best. We provide a variety of rigorous, engaging, academic and co-curricular activities that enable students to identify and express the full range of their unique gifts and abilities.
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At Lakeland Christian School, we recognize that students have different academic needs and often learn at different paces. Learning disabilities and/or attentional issues can be discouraging for students. Through the Special Programs (SP) Department, LCS seeks to provide support for students with mild disabilities who are mainstreamed into the rigorous academic curriculum in the general classroom. This program is beneficial to students in first through twelfth grade; however, these services are not included in tuition and require additional fees, as noted in the brochure link below. 

Students in this program function at average to above average levels and are diagnosed with mild disabilities in the areas of:

  • Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
  • ADHD
  • Processing Deficits
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • High-functioning Autism

For more specific information concerning billing levels, corresponding services, and qualifications for eligibility, see the brochures below:

Applying for Special Programs (ESE)


There are four levels of ESE support for students in elementary school, ranging from consultative services to daily academic support. Certified teachers work with students in first through fifth grade, with instruction being offered in the areas of math and language arts.


Students in grades six through twelve are mainstreamed into regular classrooms where subjects are taught at a college preparatory level except for middle school basic classes and high school core classes in math and English. ESE certified teachers use a whole child approach to learning with an emphasis on executive skills training for students who participate in a daily supported resource setting. The SP faculty determine the level of support each student needs in order to progress academically, socially, and emotionally.

Special Programs Admissions Criteria (For Secondary Students):

To qualify for the program. the applicant must have a current Psychological Evaluation from within the last three years documenting a learning disability or a Professional Medical Diagnosis Form completed by a doctor or psychologist diagnosing a medical condition that negatively impacts learning.

Students have a more successful transition into LCS when they have achieved the following Total Reading, Total Language, and Total Math scores:

  • A score of 2-5 in two out of three FSA tested areas.
  • A minimum of 35th percentile in two out of three test subjects on a nationally normed standardized test within the last year.  

A student with a national percentile test score between the 25th and 35th percentile levels in two out of three tested areas generally have a greater need for assistance and must be charged at the highest billing level of Special Programs, if approved for admissions to LCS. A shadow date may also be required as part of the admissions process.

While Special Programs admits students both above and below our test percentile range, admission is competitive, and we seek to enroll students who demonstrate the greatest potential for academic and personal success. 

Failure to disclose or provide complete information at the time of application may result in denial of entrance or dismissal from the program. If more documentation is required to serve the student, Special Programs will determine which evaluations are necessary for continuation with the admissions process or within the program.

Upon submission of the application, there will be an initial review of documentation to determine academic eligibility. The following information is necessary to assess suitability of our program for the needs of your child.  Due to the volume of Special Programs applications, all documentation must be submitted before the application will be reviewed. Please submit the requested documentation online or to the Admission Office for review by the Special Programs Department.

Additional ESE Required Documentation upon application:

  • Accommodation plan (IEP, 504, Service Plan, Medical 504 Plan, etc.)
  • Initial and most recent psychological report (most recent must be within 3 years)
  • Forward Professional Medical Diagnosis Form to applicant’s current physician
  • ESE Teacher Reference Questionnaire is required in addition to the Teacher Reference Questionnaire and generated during the online application.

After reviewing the admissions criteria, if you would like to begin the application process, please select the new student application link below.