Lakes International Language Academy

On Sept. 4, the Lakes International Language Academy in Forest Lake welcomed 250 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students to the brand-new Headwaters Campus. The Mandarin Chinese and Spanish immersion charter school started in 2004 with tuition-free offerings for students in kindergarten through sixth grade in the main campus and has since seen enough growth to […]

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LILA Director Cam Hedlund (center) visited China this spring to recruit teachers. To have native speakers on staff for its Spanish and Chinese immersion programs, staff at Lakes International Language Academy in Forest Lake travel the world, recruiting, establishing partnerships and sharing recruiting tips with other schools. “Native speakers provide our students with the most […]

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With this school year ending, Lakes International Language Academy can officially start looking forward to the fall, when its second campus will open in the Headwaters Development in southern Forest Lake. The public charter school held a roof-topping ceremony Monday on the construction site.

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Lakes International Language Academy student Alaina Sherman received a third-place award in the statewide 2014 Charter Week Essay Contest. Alaina, a fifth-grader in the Spanish immersion program at Lakes International, read her work at a ceremony on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol, first introducing herself in Spanish and then in English. She is […]

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Patricia Claire Gilbert, a teacher at Lakes International Language Academy in Forest Lake, has been chosen for the 2014 WEM Outstanding Educator Award for Ethics in Education. The honor is accompanied by a $15,000 award. Gilbert is one of six teachers honored by the WEM Foundation and Synergy & Leadership Exchange for outstanding accomplishments and […]

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