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LILA Receives MDE School Safety Grant

The Minnesota Department of Education has awarded LILA a School Safety Grant for over $340,000 to construct a new, more secure front entrance area at the Lower School at the Main Campus and implement enhanced safety technology there.

LILA’s application was one of 90 public school district or charter school submissions randomly selected to receive funds for security and violence prevention improvements, based on eligibility.

Governor Dayton and the 2018 Legislature set aside $25 million for school safety grants last spring; schools could apply for up to $500,000 per building. According to the Minnesota Department of Education, a total of 1,187 applications were received totaling $255.5 million—more than 10 times the available funding.

“We’re thrilled to move forward with our plans to enhance LILA’s Lower School security,” said Executive Director Cam Hedlund. “We’re also hopeful that legislators will continue to address Minnesota schools’ acute need for financial assistance with the high cost of implementing violence prevention best practices.”

Watch for more details about this project in the coming months.

LILA Receives Top-Performing North Star Recognition

LILA Lower School was recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education among the 526 top performing public schools across the state. Schools were identified as top performers in multiple areas of progress in school performance. LILA was recognized for overall math progress, reading progress for fifth grade and consistent attendance for fifth grade. We are proud of our students and staff. LILA’s star is shining brightly!

The recognition is a key part of the state’s new North Star accountability system that aims to create more equitable and well-rounded learning opportunities for all students across the state. Using data from the five key indicators that make up North Star — achievement and progress on state reading and math tests over time, progress toward English language proficiency, graduation rates and consistent attendance — the state is better able to identify and learn from schools that consistently perform at high levels across multiple domains.

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Prospective New Students & Parent Open House, July 10, 6-7:30p.m.

Curious about enrolling for kindergarten or grades 6-12? Visit our open house to learn more about LILA's Chinese and Spanish full immersion programs, the International Baccalaureate program, our focus on whole child learning, and busing options.

Meet some of our award-winning staff while you check out our academic curriculum, before/after-school care programs, preschool program, after-school activities and sports, and more!

LILA is a public school, so there is no tuition for grades K-12. As a charter school, however, we can limit our class sizes (determined by the school board).

We look forward to meeting you between 6-7:30 p.m. at the Main Campus (for parents interested in preschool or kindergarten) or the Headwaters Campus (for parents interested in grades 6-12).

Download the PDF flier here.

Join The LILA Float At The 4th Of July Parade

LILA will once again have a float in the Forest Lake 4th of July Parade!

We need participants to ride on the float and to walk alongside the float, passing out candy and/or LILA fliers. The only requirement is that you wear a FREE white DRAGONS shirt and smile as you represent LILA!

Participants who don't have a white Dragons T-shirt from last year's parade are welcome to pick up your FREE shirt at Headwaters Campus (19850 Fenway Ave N, Forest Lake, MN 55025) between 9am - 2pm through the week of June 26th.

Please sign up here: