About LMIT Academy
Loudoun Math & IT Academy will be a public charter school in Loudoun County that will serve grades 6 through 12 with an academic program focusing on Mathematics and Information Technologies (IT), giving Loudoun County parents and students a choice in education.
Loudoun Math & IT Academy is modeled after Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School (CSP), a highly successful charter school in Anne Arundel County, MD. CSP was the recipient of the Charter School of the Year Award in 2010 with the second highest math and fifth highest reading scores among all the public middle schools in the State of Maryland, based on the 2009 Maryland School Assessment scores. With standardized test scores up to 26% above the state and county averages, free weekend tutoring, after-school activities, and CSP has proven itself to be a highly successful model.
Loudoun Math & IT Academy founding team is a local group bringing extensive management, teaching, and charter school operation experience to this endeavor. The founders consist of five individuals with highly successful careers in education, information technologies and college teaching.
Our goal in undertaking the Loudoun Math & IT Academy project is to replicate the Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School (CSP) success story in Loudoun County while adapting the CSP concept to better fit the needs of the Loudoun County students with more emphasis on information technologies. In line with the Federal Administration's support for charter schools, the U.S. Department of Education has launched the “Race to the Top” program ($1.35 billion is allocated for the program in the FY 2011 budget) to expand and replicate successful charter school models across the nation. Considering the tremendous success of CSP, expansion of the CSP concept into Loudoun County as the Loudoun Math & IT Academy is an excellent fit to the goals of the Department of Education.
The focus of Loudoun Math & IT Academy is to reflect the increasing role of computers and technology in today’s world and, more importantly, to provide a unique opportunity for Loudoun County youth to pursue professional careers as well as college education in the high paying and ever-expanding field of information technologies.
At Loudoun Math & IT Academy, the curricula for all subject areas are rigorous and aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning & Common Core Standards. Another characteristic of Loudoun Math & IT Academy will be its rigorous foundational education on math and hands-on education in Information Technologies targeting advanced IT certifications for graduates of Loudoun Math & IT Academy. Upon submission of a proposal to Loudoun County Public Schools and an approval from the Loudoun County Board of Education, we plan on admitting 6th and 7th grade students in fall of 2013 with 96 students in each grade. One more grade will be added in each subsequent year until full enrollment is reached for grades 6 - 12.
Throughout middle school, all students will take language arts, social studies, mathematics, computer, and science for a full year during each grade. All middle school students will also take a semester course in health education, physical education, art or music each year. The students will also be exposed to various IT topics aligned with the Virginia Computer & Technology Standards of Learning and will be given additional opportunities to use computer applications in all the core courses.
At the high school level, in addition to the core areas, there will be an emphasis on Information Technologies and advanced placement courses. Loudoun Math & IT Academy will also have a focus on college preparation with individualized SAT tutoring and customized practice testing opportunities. Such an approach will ensure that Loudoun Math & IT Academy graduates will be prepared to pursue both advanced degrees in IT-related fields, as well as to seek career and internship opportunities in the local high-tech companies and research institutions.