Lynden Academy named School of Distinction

Lynden Academy high school named School of Distinction
Posted on 10/19/2018

Lynden Academy’s high school was recognized by the Center for Educational Effectiveness as a School of Distinction for sustained improvement in graduation rates.

Lynden Academy, a K-12 alternative learning experience program of Lynden Schools, has a dedicated mission to have students demonstrate compassionate and responsible citizenship while engaging in an academically rigorous and supportive learning community. The School of Distinction award was given to grades 9-12 for ranking in the top 5 percent of all high schools in the state in improving graduation rates over the past five years.

“Please join me in congratulating Lynden Academy students, staff and families for their hard work and dedication,” says Jim Frey, Lynden Schools superintendent. 

The Center for Educational Effectiveness partners with a variety of school associations to hand out awards to 91 schools across the state in 2018. “The staff and leadership in these buildings are examples to the entire state of the possibilities that we can achieve,” says Greg Lobdell, CEE’s CEO and director of research.

Lynden Academy, led by principal Ellie Meenk, assists local home-based learning families in the education of their children. In this parent partnership program, Lynden Academy provides support through on-site classes, group activities, community events, workshops for home educators and conferences with learning plan consultants. Students enrolled in Lynden Academy meet with certificated teachers on campus one or more days a week, depending on a student’s grade level and family choices. Staff and families work together to create a learning plan for both home and at school. Parents remain actively involved in Lynden Academy, overseeing their student’s education as well as volunteering where needs arise. Parents have access to the Lynden Academy Resource Library where they can borrow curriculum and resources to support learning at home. Families maintain a planner detailing learning, develop portfolios to collect evidence of learning, track their student’s hours and write goals for their student’s academic achievement.