Alumni – Mr. Mayokun Oshinowo, Class of 2013
There is a saying that states “it takes a village to raise a child”, for me, being a student at Lagrange Academy for 13 years has proven this saying as fact. LaGrange Academy was a place I could be myself, a place where I knew if I gave my best, my teachers would also do their best to guide me in order for me to reach my highest potential. This was not just in the classroom, but also on the Basketball court or on the stage singing for Chorus. The teachers and coaches push you to achieve more than you ever thought you were capable of, and I feel this is the main reason I have accomplished all that I have to this day. LaGrange Academy not only prepared me for college, but prepared me for life after college as well, by teaching me not only to work hard, but also teaching me how to work effectively in order to achieve my goals
A Parent and a Teacher – Ms. Teresa Krizay
Parenthood consists of a collection of memories: your child’s smile, the first day of school and graduation day. An educator’s memories are also a collection of firsts: the first day of school, seeing your students’ smiles, the warmth that is felt when a student looks up through eyes filled with understanding or on graduation when your heart swells with pride and sadness as the student you have nurtured so carefully is walking out the school doors ready to face the world.
LaGrange Academy provides a unique atmosphere which allows a teacher to develop a close bond with her students. I am able to genuinely say that I know each of my students well and have a vested interest in the future. The warmth and caring illustrated in our classrooms demonstrates to the students that the faculty and staff want to help each student maximize his/her abilities. By maintaining small class sizes, students are provided with a one-on-one learning experience. As an educator, this allows me to tailor my instruction to an individual student’s needs.
Students learn in a variety of ways. Hands-on experience helps significantly with reinforcing the learning process. I have discovered that LaGrange Academy promotes this type of learning environment. I love being a part of a classroom in which the students are vocal, engaged, and actively immersing themselves in the current literature we are reading. It is not an uncommon sight to peer into a classroom and see students up out of their seats actively learning through experimentation and role playing. Teachable moments which would normally be lost in a larger classroom setting are a normal everyday experience for our students. When a student asks, “What would happen if……?” the answer is “Let’s find out!”
I have been fortunate enough to experience both sides of LaGrange Academy, as a parent and an educator. Each of my children ran through these halls for thirteen years. It makes me smile inside to hear my college sophmore tell me that he had been well-prepared for college by our school. Many things may have changed over the years, but one thing that has remained consistent is the dedication to our children.
Alumni – Ms.Tamara (Tammy) Riadi, Class of 2003
I attended LaGrange Academy from 2003 to 2007. As an alumna of this great institution, I cherish every experience that I had at LaGrange Academy. I was new to LaGrange and when I began at LaGrange Academy, I found that not only was LaGrange a nice place to live but LaGrange Academy’s educational system was invaluable. I often say that “high school was better than college”. When I attended Mercer University in August 2007, I found that I was fully prepared for college, to say the least. I had a solid foundation of curriculum, study habits, and work ethic under my belt. During my years at the Academy, as we used to call it, I found that I personally excel in smaller environments with a certain familiarity with my teachers. Not only did I excel academically, but the support I received from the faculty and staff enriched a kind of confidence in me that allowed me to press on. This finding was essential to my development as a professional. After I graduated from Mercer, I went on to Ave Maria School of Law. Now an attorney, I will forever stay true to LaGrange Academy as it provided me with exceptional academic training, life experience, and very close relationships.
Parent – Mrs. Michelle & Mr. Jamin Blair
Seven years ago, we joined a family that we are so thankful to be a part of. LaGrange Academy you have taught our children way more than how to read, write, add, subtract and multiply. You’ve taught them about character, integrity and how to be a part of a large, extended family. As we prepare today for another school year ahead, we would like to say thank you to all of the amazing faculty and staff that have loved our children so well. We are looking forward to another great year! There is no place my children would rather be. It truly is great to be a Warrior!