The L.A.C.E. Institute is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization designed specifically to support the development and life-matriculation of young girls.

The mission of the Institute is to provide young girls with Life Currency, the tools that will help mold them into leaders, inventors, philosophers, and academicians.

The Institute enrolls students who are bright, curious, motivated, and show strong academic and personal promise. The successful student embraces our progressive curriculum and thrives on the connections made between experiential learning and the world.  The Institute prepares students to be progressive independent thinkers.  Institute students gain a strong sense of self and purpose, and graduates continue on to become leaders in their respective fields.

As an institution and as individuals, we value courage, commitment, strong character, integrity, and servanthood. We are committed to positive thinking, ingenuity, and forward movement.

Our instruction will operate to distinguish Institute students from their peers and provide them with a significant advantage in employment and social fronts.  It is our hope that the confidence our girls exude, will breed confidence in others and encourage them to follow the paths our students lay.  We further hope to create permanent systemic changes in our students' communities through student instruction, parental cooperation, and community involvement. 

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Being a good parent is one of the most difficult jobs a person can have!  Not only is it a tough job, no parent is perfect.  Below are some tips that parents may use to better assist us as we work with the development of your child.  It is imperative that parents maintain open communication with teachers, counselors, and school administrators; and arrange at home activities to support classroom instruction.  Activities at home are crucial supplement to classroom instruction.  The foremost are reading, homework, and character development.

READING is the basic foundation on which an individual's academic skills are built. It also helps you to unleash your creativity and the power of your imagination.  As a parent, your attitude towards reading is a significant factor in developing your child's attitude about reading.  If a child sees the importance of reading in her home life through her parents' actions, it will likely transfer to her own life.  Thus, it is important that parents immerse their children in a literature rich environment. 

Tips to making your home a literature rich environment:
  • Be consistent and patient 
  • Make reading a shared, enjoyable activity
  • Set aside uninterrupted time each day to read and a specific time period
  • Discuss the meanings of stories and words
  • Read different genres: novels, short stories, poetry, plays, non-fiction
  • Join your local library
  • Read aloud to each other
This link is a document with great literacy websites.  Below are some of our favorites.
Reading Rockets

This link is a document containing book lists by age.  Below are some of our favorites books and collections
Children's Book guide
The Berenstain Bears

HOMEWORK closes the gap between school and home.  Often, class time is inadequate to learn skills that take practice. For example, math facts and formulas need to be applied several times before they are understood and internalized. Homework helps students practice the skills they’ve learned in class.  It also provides an opportunity for children to develop self-discipline, study habits, and time management skills.  Through homework, children learn to be independent and responsible.

Below are some homework tips for parents:
  • Set up a quiet space
  • Set a consistent time each day
  • Eliminate distractions by making the telephone, television, video games, and music off limits.
  • Materials (e.g. computer, colored pencils, markers, tape, glue, scissors, highlighters, index cards, stapler, pencils, pens, erasers)
  • Provide help with directions, if necessary
  • Reminder to include name and date (a heading)
  • Reminders that echo the teacher's words and approach
  • A reminder to review and proofread work
  • An expectation that children do their best work
  • Warm, supportive encouragement
  • Stay informed, talk with your child's teacher
  • Reward progress in homework
Character Development.  Children begin building their character very early in life and they learn what they live.    They learn the values that make up strong character by seeing the people around them act on and uphold those values in their daily lives. 

Below are some tips to building strong character in kids:
  • Be clear about your values
  • Teach your children good manners
  • Have family meals together without distractions like the television
  • Plan and engage in family activities
  • Assign home responsibilities
  • Do not make excuses for your child's inappropriate behavior
  • Teach assertive skills
  • Teach them trustworthiness and fairness


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"When you educate a girl you educate the
next generation!" - J. Wood