Legacy of Purpose Preparatory Academy

Legacy of Purpose Preparatory Academy

From Tarece Johnson

International Experience: LOPPA students will visit Belize and attend Peninsula International Academy, in Placencia, Belize.

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Legacy of Purpose Preparatory Academy (LOPPA) is an international school at Berkmar United Methodist Church in Lilburn, Georgia. LOPPA serves 24 students in grade levels pre-school through 5th grade and international education is a central focus of LOPPA’s curriculum.    Our primary academic focuses include math, science and technology.  Students also learn about different cultures, international symbols/landmarks, and policies as well as multiple foreign languages including Mandarin, Spanish and French for a comprehensive experience. 

Mission

Legacy of Purpose Preparatory Academy's mission is to love and embrace the uniqueness of each child and to help them explore their purpose.  LOPPA focuses on personal achievement, academic excellence, social development, and spiritual enlightenment to develop the whole child in a unique and awesome way.  LOPPA is committed to being strategically small and maintaining low teacher-student ratios.  Our aim is to educate students to contribute to the global society and make a difference in the world.  

 

Philosophy

LOPPA believes children have a dynamic legacy and a special purpose. Our philosophy is to teach children to honor their heritage and embrace their uniqueness. Children are encouraged, educated and empowered to be explorers and to achieve excellence in all they do.  LOPPA’s innovative purpose approach, international academic programs, and multilingual exposure are designed to teach children to thrive in a global environment.

Need for International Education

The world is connected and the economy is becoming more globalized than ever before.  The interdependencies and relations between countries present opportunities for educational systems to prepare its students to be competitive and competent.  Based on research, US students are lagging behind in international education.  Many schools international curriculums are severely limited. LOPPA provides students with quality international education and teaches multiple languages to help bridge the gap in the world educational system and effectively prepare students to compete and contribute to the global economy.

 

Description of International Experience 

Students will attend class at Peninsula International Academy, (our partner school) in Placencia, Belize. Peninsula International Academy (PIA) is also an international, multi-age and multilingual school. PIA's mission is to develop the unique capabilities of each student. PIA aims to foster a love of learning, and to create independent, confident, and contributing members of the community and the world through the use of comprehensive curriculums and meaningful experiences.

LOPPA students will participate in the following cultural activities:

• Tour Mayan Ruins in Lubaantun and Nimle Punit, located in Indian Creek Village

• Monkey River Tour, one of the oldest Creole Villages

• Belize National Museum

• Environmental Education - provided thru Belize’s national Heritage

sites, such as Laughing Bird National Park, observation of the

Turtle/Snapper/Whale Shark spawning aggregation site at Silk Caye,

and a visit to a local Banana Farm.

• Indigenous Exchange - visit Maya Center for a workshop on Mayan

Culture and explore the Jaguar preserve at Cockscomb National Park

• Visit the Garifuna Museum in Dangriga

• Student exchange and lunch with Maya Mopan Village elementary

school

• Tour Historical Landmarks in Belmopan & Belize City

Student Benefits

Students will benefit from this international experience in the following ways:

  • Real life exchange of information and experiences with students from another country.
  • Hands on learning with students from a different community and culture.
  • Learn about international relations.
  • Learn about geography and history of another country.
  • Experience process of obtaining a passport.
  • Understand currency and exchange rates (Belize v/s US).
  • Gain hands on appreciation and respect for different cultures.
  • Experience exotic animals in their natural habitat.
  • Students will participate in acts of service (donation of books and clothes). 

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