Welcome from the Head of School

Brian Morgan
Head of School

Greetings and welcome to Lacordaire Academy.  If you have not visited us, please do so. You will see and experience first hand the many reasons our parents and students have chosen Lacordaire.  The Academy remains steadfast in providing a rigorous and vigorous curriculum that is rooted in the Dominican traditions of values, service, and justice.  As I begin, my eighth year as the Head of School and Lacordaire Academy’s begins its 95th year inspiring young minds and educating tomorrow’s leaders, the Academy continues to evolve and refine the manner in which incorporate technology to deliver an interdisciplinary program of study utilizing the best practices related to pedagogy.
     Our Vision Statement, “Lacordaire Academy will be recognized as a premier private school proudly rooted in the Catholic Dominican tradition.  Providing a rigorous and disciplined K-12 curriculum in a respectful and inclusive environment of spiritual, academic, athletic and aesthetic development, the Academy fosters competent and confident leaders of character. This Vision along with our Mission Statement provides the foundation and azimuth for the future.  We pride ourselves in the way we provide innovative, effective, and personal instruction; this is the core of Lacordaire’s educational experience. Our Academy students grow, learn about the world, become inspired, and develop their dreams.
    Our Academy continues to enhance technology in the classroom. This summer throughout the Academy, a great deal of effort and priority was placed on improving our technology infrastructure, updating software, improving connectivity, and emplacing hardware in the classrooms. Our focus on curriculum enhancements and associated structures remains a central theme as we continue to work towards meeting and exceeding our Academy objectives. Our goal remains to provide instruction that stimulates all the cognitive functions and inspires students to explore and enjoy their entire educational process. 
     The seamless PreK-12 curriculum, led by our Assistant Head of School, Mrs. Lauren Mazzari, incorporates academics, appreciation and application of the arts, community service, and athletics keep our students engaged and challenged.  The rigors of the course of studies cause our students to have a deeper approach to critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for them to proceed and be successful in each stage of their academic career.  Our leaders of tomorrow gain skills by students taking charge and leading every activity we offer—liturgies/prayer service, community service projects, clubs, sports, and in the arts. Our student-centered approach causes students to take ownership of their school and its community. Many of our students participate in at least two sports, several clubs, and star in one of our theatre productions.
    The Academy’s environment is most often summarized as being a “family.” Within this type of setting, the students are comfortable with seeking out risks, making mistakes, and having fun…serious fun!   In closing, I invite you to become part of this great community. Please visit each part of our website to gain a more in-depth understanding of Lacordaire Academy. Do not hesitate to be in touch. You can contact me at bmorgan@lacordaire.net

 Best Wishes,

     Brian F. Morgan
     Head of School

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