LACONIA — Laconia Academy is the adult evening high school diploma program in the Lakes Region. The Fall Semester 2014 classes start the week of August 25-28, 2014. The following courses will be offered: Yankee Lit & Wit, Math Boot Camp, Forensic Science, Math Concepts/Algebraic Thinking, Human Biology & Lab, The Great War & Holocaust, Chemistry & Lab, Sports Literature, Me: A-Z, Short Stories: A-Z, Algebra I and Pre-Algebra.
Laconia Academy also enables In-School Youth, enrolled in day high school programs, to take courses at night if they have failed classes during the day. With the principal's permission, any In-School Youth may enroll at Laconia Academy. This cooperation with local area high schools helps prevent In-School Youths from dropping out of high school or having to repeat their senior year.
Students attending Laconia Academy can earn high school diploma credits in several different ways. Credit is given for previous high school credits earned and life experiences such as military service, work experience, apprenticeship training, correspondence courses, certificate programs and homemaking. Credits are earned by passing courses at Laconia Academy. Laconia Academy is also approved for those eligible for V.A. benefits.
One vital piece of paper needed at the time of enrollment is a copy of one's high school transcript from the last school attended. It is necessary in order to transfer those previously earned high school credits to one's current record at Laconia Academy. The Bank of New Hampshire has established limited scholarship help for those students demonstrating financial need living in Laconia, Gilford, Meredith, Center Harbor, Plymouth, Bristol and Moultonborough. This scholarship help will enable students to return to school at night and complete their high school education. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation through the Adult Success Program Grant (ASP) has also provided limited scholarship for these individuals who qualify in addition to limited scholarship assistance through the Pardoe Grant.
Statistics show that one out of four adults in New Hampshire does not have a high school diploma. In the Lakes Region alone 1,234 adults have earned their high school diploma through Laconia Academy. Anyone interested in enrolling for the Fall Semester 2014 or learning more about the program is urged to call 524-5712 or stop into the Laconia Adult Education Office located in Room #108 at Laconia High School.