The Classroom Experience


Despite the physical distance that separates students at Leadership Academy, our online classrooms are designed to make learning experiences intimate and natural. In some ways, online education can be even more personal than a traditional brick-and-mortar school. We avoid sacrificing real human relationships for mere efficiency, and online environments are made to actually enhance these relationships rather than obscuring them.

At Leadership Academy, we value freedom, so we are flexible. We pair that flexibility with quality by offering rigorous courses that are built on active participation, curriculum that opens students to great books and great ideas, and assignments that challenge students to be creative and authentic.

We offer courses in a variety of formats and difficulty levels so you can tailor your class schedule and workload to your unique needs and interests.

Live (Synchronous) Courses

In live courses, students and mentors meet together in our live online classroom twice per week. Students and mentors can see, hear, chat with, and present content to each other. Mentors create breakout rooms during live classes so that students can collaborate in small groups. Students participate in group projects, peer presentations, student government, simulations, engaging videos and readings, challenging projects and assignments, and oral, written, and project-based assessments.

We offer many of our live courses in two difficulty levels: Classic and Honors. Students in both Classic and Honors courses participate in the same live class sessions but students in Honors courses have about 30% more readings and assignments, including assignments that are more challenging.

New and Improved Self-Paced (Asynchronous) Courses

In our new and improved self-paced courses, students participate in streamlined learning sessions delivered through compelling, short videos and readings, and then they complete simple and meaningful assignments. These courses are less rigorous than live courses and require less screen time; they are simple, streamlined courses that provide maximum flexibility to students. Mentors in self-paced courses work hard to give praise to students who are ahead or on track, and to give support to students who fall behind. Self-paced courses invite students to maintain a minimum pace, but students can move ahead as quickly as they desire.

Independent Courses

Independent courses help students earn academic credit for extracurricular activities they are already doing. Students often put in long hours practicing musical instruments, competing on an athletic team, or participating in internships. Students can earn credit for these activities provided they log roughly 60 hours of practice/performance during the semester, complete brief monthly reports, and receive instruction from a qualified professional.

Personal & Flexible Learning

Not only do online interactions match what can be achieved in person, but the online setting creates efficiencies that free up mentors’ time and allow them to better focus on individual students. Since travel time to class or office is reduced to a click, for example, mentors can spend more time reading and responding to student emails, individualizing assignments for those who might be struggling, or preparing engaging lessons. All classes are recorded, so students who miss a session can watch the class and then meet with the mentors with any remaining questions, rather than going to the mentor’s office needing to discuss everything they missed. The ease of online communication increases flexibility and learning opportunities.

See below for real-life examples of the classroom experience in action.

Project-oriented Learning

Socratic, Collaborative Classes

Oral Examinations

Class Presentations

Group Simulations

One-on-one Mentoring