Laurens Academy began in the fall of 1994 with ten fifth grade students meeting in the fellowship hall of Todd Memorial Presbyterian Church. The school was started by a group of concerned parents and educators who believed there was a need for a local alternative to the educational options in Laurens County. In 1996/97, the school relocated to its present location. In 1997/98, a devastating fire destroyed the middle school and library building. As a result, the new Educational/Athletic building was erected, and classes began in November of 1998. The Class of 2002 became the first graduating class making LA a K-4 through 12th grade college preparatory school.
Laurens Academy is accredited by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA). SCISA reviews this accreditation every three years. The relationship with SCISA opens many doors of opportunity for the students of Laurens Academy and provides strict standards which the school must maintain.
MISSION STATEMENT: Laurens Academy will provide a safe, secure environment that will enhance each student’s opportunity to develop to his or her highest potential academically, emotionally, physically, socially, and spiritually.
VALUES: We pray that through teaching, coaching and most of all …example, each Laurens Academy student will develop the character to “do the right thing” in all aspects of the student’s life.
- Community Service
- Lifelong Learning
- Pursuit of Excellence
- Work Ethic
GENERAL OBJECTIVES:Laurens Academy has adopted seven general objectives that run throughout our curriculum. It is our desire that each student successfully improve in the following areas: Time and Space Organization, Self-Esteem, Independent Study and Research, Effective Communication Skills, Critical Thinking, Christian Relationships, Values, and Cultural Literacy.
CHAPEL/DEVOTIONS: All students participate in a weekly chapel service presented by students, teachers, and outside guests. This is a special time where the school comes together to learn, share, and pray. The faculty is encouraged, when applicable, to incorporate Christian history and principles in their daily activities. Acquiring and maintaining a good character is stressed with all students and is an important part of what we are at Laurens Academy.