Linda Christas Academy
Offering An Entirely New Kind of Educational Experience
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This could be you next year.
Linda Christas Academy is an I.A.S.C. accredited four-year institution designed to respond to the unique array of personal and educational challenges faced by 21st century graduates.
The Academy provides an online diploma in a format the US Department of Education has labeled superior to traditional classroom study.
Academy students are provided the most thorough college counseling available anywhere.
As a result of both the superior educational program and counseling, Academy graduates are accepted by the finest American and British colleges and universities.
Linda Christas Academy never competes with traditional institutions.
The Academy offers a different kind of experience for serious students who understand that traditional high schools follow the John Dewey curriculum delivery model which was originally developed for the Prussian army. The method involves the use of bells, klaxons, lines, subjugation of the individual spirit, and one syllabus per subject for all students. The model is fully inappropriate for the purpose of maximizing creative student potential.
Upon graduation, Linda Christas provides support services as requested throughout the student's first year of college and beyond as needed. These services are delivered at no charge as part of the Academy's ongoing commitment to its graduates.
Latest Student News and Commentary
by Jacob Peterson, Linda Christas Class of '15
Today, the Linda Christas Curriculum Development Committee announced two new courses which will be offered to the full Linda Christas Academy student body beginning with the Spring Semester 2015.
However, one student, Joy (Ziyi Wang), at the request of Director Leo Liu in Beijing, will be beginning one of the courses early.
Congratulations to Joy.
Aimed at assisting international students whose first language is not English, these courses will concentrate on the nuances and mechanics of English.
Utilizing individual English skills measurements, the courses will incorporate reading, video, vocabulary building and writing exercises to aid the student to enjoy richer academic and social interactions within an all English environment.
Initially, Mrs. Joana Sargeant MA will be presenting the courses. Later, as enrollments grow, an entire cadre of credentialed tutors, managed by Mrs. Sargeant, a master English instructor herself, will be dedicated to this important effort.
The first course described to this reporter is entitled FUNDAMENTAL ENGLISH READING AND VOCABULARY.
This course will use a combination of student evaluations, video, reading assignments and writing analyses with the goal of improving performance....
Read more 12/14/2014
by Margaret Childs, Class of 2015
Dame Vera Lynn, one of Britain's most honored citizens, has accepted the Linda Christas historical celebrity award for 2014.
A chair to be known as the Vera Lynn Chair of Music has been established at the school. See Honorary Chairpersons
During World War II, Ms. Lynn appeared often to British troops in enemy controlled territories.
For her performance in 1944 at Shamsheernugger airfield before the Battle of Konhima in Burma, and for countless other instances in which Ms. Lynn's personal safety was anything but guaranteed, she received the Burma Star, one of the highest awards presented by Britain for service during World War II.
Vera Lynn is best known for her recording of We'll Meet Again (listen here) which she recorded in 1939. This song more than any other typified the heartfelt human element of World War II when millions of families parted for the duration of the War, as members ventured forth in the cause of freedom.
Lynn was voted by British servicemen as their favorite World War II entertainer in a service-wide poll.
In 1941, during the darkest days of the War, Vera Lynn created a radio program entitled Sincerely Yours during which she sent messages from loved ones to troops serving abroad. She and her quartet performed songs most requested by the soldiers. Lynn also visited many hospitals, especially interviewing new mothers, taking personal messages to be sent via the airways to their husbands overseas.
In 1943, Ms. Lynn appeared in the film We'll Meet Again.
Now in her 90's, Dame Vera Lynn is one of the last surviving members of a very elite group of World War II entertainers without whom the War would have been much more difficult to pursue in the way it was.
It is said that Vera Lynn revived the hearts and minds of soldiers everywhere, reminding them in the best possible way of the reasons for which they fought.
Vera Lynn was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1969 and promoted to Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the 1975 Queen's Birthday honors "for charitable services." She was made an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem in 1998, and in 2000, Dame Vera received a special "Spirit of the 20th Century Award."
A street named in her honor, Vera Lynn Close, is located in Forest Gate, London.
Lynn's last known public performance took place outside Buckingham Palace in 1995 in a ceremony that marked the golden Jubilee of VE Day.
It is said of Dame Vera Lynn that a grateful world will never forget her generous and courageous heart.....
Reported by Sarah Seizmore, Linda Christas Class of '15
In the interest of full disclosure, I want to state that the following article is a distillation of sentiments and thoughts made available to me by others. Any errors in interpretation are mine alone (Sarah Seizmore)
John Zhang, (pictured at the extreme right of the photo at right) was one of the happiest graduates of the Linda Christas counseling program last year.
John reports that he couldn't believe the progress he made on all levels by attending Earlham College of Richmond, Indiana, the place Ivy League professors say is the best college in the United States.
"I had never heard of Earlham until my Linda Christas counselor told me about it," says John.
"At Earlham I am being challenged to become a healthy, creative thinker.
The international friends I have made are great. I am not stuck talking only to other Chinese students. I could do that at many of the bigger schools like Duke or Columbia, but not here.
In other words, if I had wanted to study with only Chinese kids, I could have gone to a Chinese university. Why come to the US?
But at Earlham not only are the kids great, but the professors really seem to care about each student as a human being.
In other words, I am a happy student, at a happy school. And, Earlham's graduates are among the leaders in getting great jobs after they leave school with their degrees.
If a person needs to work, so many of the famous school graduates are now finding that the name on their diploma means very little. It might be great saying to the guy next door that you graduated from Harvard. But, as many as 20% of Harvard graduates who need to work and don't come from wealthy families find that jobs are not as open to them as they might have been say 50 years ago.
Employers today want to hire people who can think and who can create. At a place like Earlham, strengths I didn't even know I had are being developed. I know when I graduate I will be a much better employee, able to create ideas that will help my employer do well. Or I think Earlham is also preparing me to go to professional school, if I want to do that as well.
I am so ....
Read more 07/30/2014
By Connie Silvera, Class of '15
Sophia (Ziyi) Wang, an outstanding golf prospect based in Beijing, and Vivian (Wen) Qing, a high school tennis champion who hails from Shanghai, have both joined the Linda Christas team.
Both students expect to carry their future college or university to victory in their respective sport.
Sophia (pictured at left) spends most of her time, while not studying for top grades, playing golf.
Beginning at age eleven, Sophia views golf as a character building exercise as well as an exciting sport.
For example, when practicing her golf swing alone on golf ranges, she sometimes has to fight what she refers to as boredom. However, she says that this boredom allows her to practice perseverance. "In life, being able to press on in the face of the temptation to give up is very valuable," Sophia says.
Sophia continued, "We have a saying in China that if one wants to have one quality minute on stage, it takes ten years of practice to accomplish it."
More important than just practice is correct practice, according to Sophia. "If one is practicing bad putting or drives, that isn't good. One must practice correctly, and that's where my good coaches come into the picture."
Sophia has entered and placed high in the ranks of youth golf in Beijing, and, her Linda Christas coach says she is going to be recruited by some of the best colleges and universities in the United States, all of which want the very finest golfers they can find wearing their colors on the golf course.
Traveling several hundred miles south to Shanghai, we find Vivian (pictured at right) doing her thing.
Vivian has spent the last year leading her American high school tennis team, Crown Point, to one victory after another.
The story of Vivian's rise to stardom had a practical beginning.
At the age of 7, her parents noted that she and her older brother tended to catch colds too easily. They didn't seem to have much in the way of physical stamina.
In order to remedy this, their parents signed both of the children up for tennis lessons, and the rest is history.
Vivian seemed to have a natural talent for the game, so much so that she was encouraged to enter competitions.
A 4.0 student at Crown Point, her coach Brian Elton says, "She's a great kid, smart kid, very motivated. With her personality and her play, she's been a great addition to our team."
Vivian will also be a great addition to a top American college or university, and it will be her Linda Christas coach's responsibility to lead her to the winners stand.
This reporter asked both Sophia's and Vivian's Linda Christas coaches what they see in the future for these students.
They both said about the same thing.
"These athletes are not only gifted in their respective sports, but they also have the key ingredient that sets apart truly successful athletes from those who are not so successful. That ingredient is ATTITUDE."
Both Sophia and Vivian have reputations for being willing to listen, to practice, and then to compete with a genuine sense of what sport is all about.
Their respective pursuit of excellence in the classroom and on the court or course will make them attractive to some of the very best colleges and universities in the United States.
I asked the coaches to name some of the programs that they were looking at, and names like Amherst, Dartmouth, Bowdoin and Swarthmore were mentioned.
All of these schools are in the top fifty in the United States in terms of producing successful graduates.
These kinds of schools assign their best teachers to undergraduates, something that some of the more famous schools do not do.
All in all, Sophia and Vivian can look forward to brilliant futures.....