Lancaster County Academy

Est. 1993

LCA Logo - At LCA, every student has the potential to achieve academic success. We are committed to providing a transformative learning experience that opens doors to a brighter future for each and every student who walks through our doors.

LCA is a unique high school option that empowers non-traditional students to earn their high school diplomas. We offer a flexible, personalized learning environment where students receive one-on-one support and self-paced instruction. Our unique features include a hybrid learning mode, small class sizes, and school-to-work coursework.

11 sponsoring partners

Students age 16-21 must reside in a sponsoring school district and receive approval from the district.


Columbia Borough

Conestoga Valley


Elizabethtown Area


Manheim Central

Manheim Township

Penn Manor

Pequea Valley


No matter what the reason regular school was not working, the Lancaster County Academy gives the opportunity to

restart a stalled education.



Dr. Robin Felty, Superintendent of Record (Manheim Township School District)

Steve Brubaker, Business Manager of Record (Manheim Township School District)

Dr. Ryan McFadden, Executive Director

Lydia Cleis, Administrative Aide

Debi Schmidt, School-to-Work/Service Learning Coordinator

Caitlin Quesenberry, School Counselor Intern


Dr. Kevin Drantch (Science)

Cathy Kudyba (West Site Lead/English)

Vicki Marrolli (Social Studies)

Dr. Joan Valentin (Math)

Pat Weaver (Math)

Lancaster County Academy (LCA) offers a second chance for students to earn a high school diploma and acquire skills desired by employers.
Lancaster County Academy (LCA) offers a second chance for students to earn a high school diploma and acquire skills desired by employers.


Michael Clair (President), Manheim Central

Mark Boldizar (Vice President), Manheim Township

Brian Musser (Treasurer), Solanco

Donna Wert (Secretary), Penn Manor

Charles Leader and Lauren VonStetten, Columbia Borough

Idette Groff, Conestoga Valley

Janet Love, Donegal

James Read, Elizabethtown Area

Suzanne Knowles, Lampeter-Strasburg


Pequea Valley

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An Inside Look at LCA

from Staff and Students

Events Calendar

School Operation Info


Students are expected to commit 15 hours per week to school. This is a combination of in-person and at-home learning. See calendars in the folder below for school hours. Failure to comply with the attendance requirements may result in the student being withdrawn from the program.


Lancaster County Academy does not provide transportation.


Students from Lancaster County Academy receive a dual diploma. The dual diploma is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and is awarded on behalf of the student’s home school district and Lancaster County Academy. The Academy holds a graduation ceremony in June.

School Notification System

LCA communicates with enrolled families using One Call Now. It allows us to deliver information and provide timely alerts to
our parents/guardians via phone calls, text messages, and/or email keeping everyone in the loop. More information about One Call Now can be found at http://www.onecallnow.com. Please make sure we have your wireless number(s) in our student information database. Contact us at 717-295-2499 to have it added or updated.

Ready to Work Program

CareerLink’s Ready-to-Work program (ACT WorkKeys) is a pathway to graduation. Read more about this program.

Submit a Safety Concern

Safety is of the utmost importance to LCA. Learners, staff, and parents/guardians can confidentially report safety concerns, including bullying, weapons, and threats of violence to LCA staff.  Please if you have any safety concerns, submit it using this anonymous form.

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