Read about LILA's Distance Learning that begins April 1 and find other important COVID-19 information.


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LILA's Distance Learning Begins April 1

At the direction of Governor Tim Walz and Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker, Lakes International Language Academy will remain closed to students through at least the end of April.

LILA’s instruction via Distance Learning begins on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, consistent with the school calendar. Read important COVID-19 information for LILA students and families now.

We will post specific Lower School and Upper School information and Distance Learning Plans on Monday, March 30 (some information is available now, but we are still fine-tuning some information). Please check back for updates. Our staff has been working diligently to ensure this transition from classroom instruction to distance learning will support each student's academic progress. Thank you for your patience.

Connectivity Or Other Technology Concerns?

• If your child needs an iPad, a Chromebook, or internet access, and you have not already completed the technology needs survey, please call 651-252-6713 to let us know how we can help. 

• Devices and internet hotspots will be available for curbside pick up on Monday, March 30, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. We will reach out to families who expressed a need with more details. 

For technical support or questions relating to the school-issued devices and software programs, contact:
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651-464-0771 Option #3 (Lower School)
651-464-8989 Option #3 (Upper School)

Check Your Infinite Campus Contact Information Now

• Please review your contact information now on Infinite Campus Parent Portal to ensure it is accurate.

LILA staff members are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will continue to provide families with regular updates. Watch for family notices through the Infinite Campus system and updates on our website. We will also post information and links via our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. Our goal is to share accurate information as the situation evolves and ensure we are prepared to meet the health, safety, and academic needs of our students.

Need More Information?

A hotline for the public has been established by the Minnesota Department of Health: 651-201-3920. Additional information can be found at the Center for Disease Control website.

Read more COVID-19 Response information here. Watch for specific Lower School and Upper School Distance Learning Plans on Monday, March 30.

We appreciate your patience during this rapidly changing situation, and we value your partnership in supporting the health and safety of our school community.

Though we must stay apart as much as possible, this is the time when many of us need community most. Please reach out to each other electronically, and if you need any kind of support, please contact us at LILA.

We will get through this, together.

If you have further questions, contact Shannon Peterson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

LILA Seeks School Board Candidates By Feb. 10, 2020

The Lakes International community is currently seeking interested candidates for positions on the School Board. There will be openings for two at-large (teacher or parent), one parent, and one community member.

The term of office for the at-large and parent positions will be for two years, from July, 2020 – June, 2022. The term of office for the community member positions will be for one year, from July, 2020 – June, 2021. 

This is a great opportunity to become even more involved in supporting the mission and vision of LILA.

Interested eligible individuals are kindly requested to apply no later than Monday, February 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. 

Apply online or application forms are available here. For more information, please see the Board Elections Packet 2020 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Executive Director Search Underway

Cam Hedlund, LILA's first executive director, has stepped down from that role, focusing on the building projects at the two campuses before he retires completely. The interim executive director is Shannon Peterson. As part of the school board's protocol, a search for the permanent executive director is now underway. The school board encourages parents and staff to learn more about the process and the candidates. See the Search Timeline (updated December 2019) for more details.


LILA Launches Be Bold! Capital Campaign

Lakes International Language Academy has launched a one-time fundraising effort to enhance the current building projects at the Main Campus and Headwaters Campus. Individual and families as well as businesses can help enhance our educational facilities to provide the best learning experience possible for LILA students, and receive recognition at various giving levels. For details, please visit or contact Interim Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today.

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