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The character traits and abilities that make for a good life cannot be developed in an academic program alone. They come also from skills and habits instilled outside the classroom. That is why co-curricular activities are a crucial, required dimension of La Lumiere School. They enhance each student’s education, strengthen relationships with teachers, and deepen the community bond.



Art Portfolio
Developmental Crew
Running Club


Academic Decathalon
Art Portfolio
Music ensemble
Science Olympiad


Academic Super Bowl
Show choir


Prefect Leadership System

The La Lumiere prefect system challenges 10 student leaders each year to serve their school through significant contributions in all areas of the school community, including student life, admissions, community service, spiritual life, residential life, and the overall quality of the school experience. These leaders oversee councils of selected students and together establish a full range of student ownership and involvement. All prefects uphold the motto and vision of the school and what it stands for in word, action, and deed.


Academic Clubs



Science Olympiad is an academic competition in which teams of 15 students compete in 23 different events covering areas in earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and problem solving. In Indiana, schools compete in regional competitions. The top teams at each regional advance to the Indiana State Science Olympiad Finals. The top two teams at the finals earn invitations to compete at the National Science Olympiad Competition. La Lumiere’s first Science Olympiad team was formed in 1992 and in 1993 La Lumiere advanced to the state finals for the first time. It has advanced every year since. Science Olympiad at La Lumiere is about learning in a cooperative environment while competing at the state level.

Our Science Olympiad Demo Day allows the team an opportunity to present the La Lumiere community with engineering projects that are currently being worked on in our Science Center. In addition to showing off projects, the science team engineers are able to practice operating their devices in a competition-like setting to prepare them for upcoming events.



Academic Decathlon is a competition held during the winter season that asks students to learn about many aspects of one topic — a historical event or area of the world.  Students show their knowledge of art, economics, literature, history, and music about the topic, as well as math and science.  They also write an essay, give a speech, and complete an interview.  Each student must compete in all 10 events, giving them a complete overview of the topic.

The La Lumiere Academic Decathlon team was created during the '08-'09 school year.  Since then, the team won the Small School State Championship in '10-'11, and competed in the Online Nationals in '10-'11 and '11-'12.


Academic Super Bowl is a team competition made up of three to five students who work to answer questions about fine arts, history, and literature related to the topic, as well as math and science. Here, students work in teams of three to five to answer questions about fine arts, history, and literature related to the topic, as well as math and science.

The Academic Super Bowl Team was created during the '08-'09 school year.  The English team qualified for the State competition in '14-'15, and won the English State Championship (Class 4) in '15-'16.

Service opportunities

Blood drives and collections of items for those in need — our school comes together for good. All students perform a minimum of 45 hours of community service as a requirement for graduation.

Participation in community service is an important aspect of life for all La Lumiere students. Dorms, teams, and forms are all encouraged to sponsor at least one type of community service throughout the year. The Serviam Prefect works with the Dean of Student Life to organize and coordinate the calendar of events. La Lumiere encourages students to become involved in as many service projects as possible. We believe that serving others, whether it is “hands-on” or raising money, is a great way to give back to our local, national, and global communities.

La Lumiere students are very active in the larger community of Northwest Indiana, and beyond. Students participate in some projects on a weekly or daily basis such as visiting the local nursing home, helping at elementary schools, or volunteering at the local animal shelter.

Throughout the year, our students also volunteer in various capacities at local social service events and campus-based events to raise funds for a variety of organizations.

Each spring, a group of students travel to Nicaragua to work with Familia Padre Fabretto, an organization supporting the impoverished children of Nicaragua.


Elective Courses & Activities | Special Wednesday Schedule


Every Wednesday is a special schedule at La Lumiere, with the addition of an afternoon activity slot immediately following the last class. Wednesday activities are an opportunity for students to take extra elective courses, participate in a club in a structured setting, perform community service, or simply spend time with peers learning and engaging in a unique activity. 


Elective Courses

  • Android Apps
  • Debate and Current Events
  • Health
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Intro to Symbolic Logic
  • Radical Figures in US History 
  • Speech
  • Videography
  • Writing for Theater

Clubs & Activities

  • Chess
  • Cookies & Creative Writing
  • Cooking 
  • Film Club 
  • Musical Production 
  • Science Olympiad Engineers
  • Team Sports

Community Service

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Humane Society 
  • Library
  • Nursing Home
  • Reading Buddies