In 1998, Lucas Christian Church (LLC, currently Faith Fellowship Church) formed a team to research what it would take to start a school. During this planning phase, a small group of teachers and students were drawn together and began "Classes at Lucas" in August, 1999. These classes served the middle school and high school home school families of the church and community by providing qualified teachers to teach subject content on one or two days per week while the students studied at home for the remainder of the week. The classes were tremendously successful and confirmed to the church body that a school of this nature was what God desired.
Through prayer and research, the leadership team discovered an educational model called University-Model® schooling (UM school) in use at Grace Preparatory Academy, in Arlington, TX. The UM school takes the best aspects of public, private, and home schools and molds them into one model. UM schools use a university-style schedule adapted to elementary, junior, and senior high levels. Professional teachers conduct central classroom instruction. Students attend classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and/or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students spend alternate days at home where parents continue their instruction or monitor their student's progress. Teachers provide parents with detailed instructions for days spent at home in the satellite classroom (1 to 1.5 hours of study per course).
The model caters to a wide variety of student needs by allowing a range of enrollment opportunities. A student may choose to take only one or two classes, or may opt to take a full academic load. Whether it is one course or a full load the student must have a strong work ethic in order to be academically successful at LCA.
LCA was certified by the National Association of University Model Schools (NAUMS) during the 2003-2004 school year. Considered a flagship school for NAUMS, LCA regularly provides speakers for their annual leadership and teacher conferences. In February of 2006, LCA became autonomous from FFC and began to prayerfully seek God's plan for the future regarding a permanent home. In July 2009, LCA purchased the 16 acres adjoining the church property.
The 2010-11 school year began early, in fact it began as the previous school year ended with a concerted effort by administration and parents to increase the student enrollment. In addition, a plan called "Beauty Matters" was implemented to "spruce up" the school so it would be inviting to families who come to LCA.
The improvement of the grounds grew into an effort to build a new playground for the elementary students. Before this project was completed, Kohl's Department Stores announced the Kohl's Cares for Kids® Facebook contest. In this contest the top twenty vote-getting schools in the nation would be awarded $500,000 by Kohl's, just a bit more than the $499,000 needed to pay off the 16 acres LCA purchased summer of 2009.
"Little school, BIG God!"" became LCA's cry as the Lord opened doors for the school to get votes from all over Texas - at concerts, in restaurants, shopping centers and universities. The result - LCA was the number two school in the nation with over 157,000 votes and won $500,000 which was used to pay off our land in full!
The Cross Over, August 9, 2014, was an incredible day in the history of LCA! More than 1,000 parents, students, faculty, and friends marched from the football field, across the church parking lot to the grove in order to celebrate the completion of the 43,000 square foot school building that is now LCA's permanent home!