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Camp Dragon Registration Is Open

Registration is now open for U.S. students and host families. Sign up today for:

Camp Dragon - Mandarin By The Lake 2017
Chinese Summer Language & Cultural Exchange Program

Camp dates: July 24 - August 4, 2017 at LILA's Main Campus for students who have completed fifth grade and up

Experience Chinese language and cultural learning with student visitors from China.

Expect hands-on projects, social activities, tours, and tons of fun! We've partnered with the Chinese Society of Education, the first and largest academic education organization in China, to create Camp Dragon - Mandarin by the Lake. This exciting program is bigger and better than ever! See you there!

Host families, please sign up today for special savings if your child is attending the camp. NOTE: This is a separate registration for hosting.

We appreciate that the LILA community is helping to welcome Chinese students for the two weeks of camp.

For more information, U.S. student registration form, please click here.

International Travel Information

LILA encourages students to build their language skills and broaden their global mindedness through travel abroad. We have some special opportunities coming up. Watch for follow-up meetings and application/payment due dates. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions.

Apply here for International Travel today. Some programs have application deadlines!

Current International Travel Opportunities

Yinchuan, China: A 10-day cultural tour and school exchange with the students who visited LILA for last summer's Camp Dragon. It will include a visit to the Giant Panda Research Base and the Great Wall. See the presentation from the Parent Info Night here.

Madrid, Spain: A two-month exchange with CASVI, an IB World School in Madrid, beginning with Spanish students here for the month of September and LILA students in Spain for the month of October. See the presentation from the Parent Info Night here.

Xela, Guatemala: A service-oriented trip for students interested in medicine or dentistry, through Global Public Service Academies (GPSA), which works in collaboration with professors and students from Duke and Johns Hopkins Universities. See the presentation from the Parent Info Night here.


LILA Board of Directors Encourages Candidates To Apply Now

The Lakes International Language Academy community is currently seeking candidates for positions on the School Board to fill openings for three teachers, two parents, and one community member. It's an excellent opportunity to help shape the school's future for your children and for students in the community and beyond.

The term of office for the teacher and parent positions will be for two years, from July 2017 to June 2019.

The term of office for the community member position will be for one year, from July 2017 to June 2018.

Complete the candidate form online here by Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 4 p.m. For more information about the positions and expectations, please see the School Board web page and the Board Election Information Packet.

Voting will take place online from Wednesday, March 29, 2017 through Friday, April 7, 2017. All staff and parents or legal guardians of current students, aged 18 and above, are eligible to vote.

Election results announced at LILA Annual Meeting, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate FLake Festival Feb. 20 - 26

Explore all there is to do in the Forest Lake community! Celebrate the season at FLake Festival with a few of these family-friendly activities.
Mon., Feb. 20 Annual Medallion Hunt begins in the city.

Mon., Feb. 20 10:00 a.m. FREE showing of “A Secret Life of Pets” at Lake 5 Theatre

Thurs., Feb. 23, Hardwood Creek Library Pajama Storytime with a winter theme and a snowflake craft

Fri., Feb. 24, FREE day at the YMCA

Sat., Feb. 25, Winter Plunge, downtown Forest Lake and Hardwood Creek Library Block Party, where LEGOS and building blocks are available for young engineers

See the flyer here.