LCA Applies to be an International Baccalaureate Candidate School

In a unique partnership with St. Edward High School, Lakewood Catholic Academy will apply to become an IB Candidate School offering the Middle Years Programme in April 2015. This innovative and research-based approach to curriculum and instruction will be a guiding force behind our academic strategic plan.

What is the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme?

The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement – essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme:

  • addresses holistically students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being
  • provides students opportunities to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to manage complexity and take responsible action for the future
  • ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups
  • requires the study of at least two languages (language of instruction and additional language of choice) to support students in understanding their own cultures and those of others
  • empowers students to participate in service within the community
  • helps to prepare students for further education, the workplace

There will be information sessions in the spring of 2015 to explain more about this exciting partnership and instructional programme.

Top Academic Honors!

Congratulations to Lakewood Catholic Academy’s Academic Challenge Team that participated in the 4th Annual St. Ignatius Annual Brain Brawl on Saturday, October 15. The team consisting of Michael Donnelly, Ryan Grace, Cesar Olivera-Cerpa, and Eric Larsen pulled out an exciting 45 – 43 championship win over Incarnate Word Academy in the final round to regain the coveted Ober Cup that will remain at LCA until next year’s competition. This is the second time in four years that LCA has won this academic competition.

Fall Sports Round-Up!

Lakewood Catholic Academy is proud of its athletic program.  Our LCA Saints not only work hard in the classroom but also in athletic competition.  Here are some highlights from the 2014 Fall Sports Season . . . Go Saints!

Cross Country CYO and Intramural

Over 100 student athletes were members of the Lakewood Catholic Academy Cross Country Team this season. Lead by 14 volunteer coaches, the team participated in four divisions and eight meets. There were individual successes at all levels of competition, most results would find many LCA individuals in the top ten and our team results in the top half of the competition. Most of the team members improved their personal results each week and everyone improved over the course of the season.

  • Boys Cadet (5th & 6th grade) team won the season series competition
  • Boys Cadet team won the Diocesan Championship
  • Henry Raynor, Jack O’Sullivan and Freddy Becker were each top 10 finishers at the Cadet Championship meet
  • Abby Sacha was a top 10 finisher in the girls division of the Cadet Championship
  • Supported by more than 20 volunteers LCA once again sponsored and helped run the cadet championship meet held at Edgewater Park on October 11th


Our varsity football team, coached by Brendan Grady, returned to the City Championship for the first time in several years. They advanced to the semifinals defeating our rival St. Chris 27-18 before falling short to St. Raphael.

The highlight for our JV football team, coached by Jim Sowinski, was earning a 26-7 victory over St. Angela. They played tough in the CYO tournament, losing 7-0 on a fumble recovery to a team that had previously beat them.


Our 8th grade team, coached by Maggi Szczepaniak, earned a runner-up trophy in the LCA tournament. They lost in two sets in a competitive match against St. Paschal. They also advanced to the second round of the CYO City Championship. Our 6th grade team, also coached by Maggi Szczepaniak, earned a seed in the CYO tournament and advanced to the second round. We also fielded a 5th grade team as well as two 4th grade teams.

Sportsmanship Awards

Our other 8th grade volleyball team, coached by Gretchen Bulan, and our varsity football team both earned the prestigious CYO Sportsmanship Award. The Diocese of Cleveland CYO awards the Sportsmanship Award to those teams who exemplify extraordinary good sportsmanship and Christian values.