The Lipscomb University board of trustees announced today that David Lipscomb Campus School (DLCS) will become Lipscomb Academy effective June 1. The announcement was made at a gathering of more than 600 campus school faculty, administrators, parents and friends. The board approved the name change in a vote March 5.
David Lipscomb Campus School is the largest private K-12 school in Middle Tennessee with an enrollment of nearly 1,400 students. It is the only independent school in Middle Tennessee and one of the few in the nation that is operated by a university campus.
“Changing from David Lipscomb Campus School to Lipscomb Academy more accurately reflects the current mission and scope of the institution. The name communicates a high level of academic instruction, the pursuit of knowledge and excellence by both faculty and students, and affirms our commitment to do all this, in the context of faith,” said David Scobey, chair of Lipscomb’s board of trustees.
Lipscomb Academy offers a strong college-preparatory academic program. The school is competitive with such academic markers as numbers of students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (16 in six years), prestigious college acceptances (110 major universities) and scholarships earned ($8 million in 2011 alone). This fall, a the school received a $10 million gift awarded by the Stephens Christian Trust, founded by Nashvillian Bill Stephens, to be used to support the facilities and programs of the campus school.
“Today, the campus school offers a competitive level of academic instruction including advanced placement courses, initiatives such as establishment of academies within the school, high academic outcomes including ACT scores and college acceptances, top quality faculty and a unique relationship with one of the premier universities in the southeast. More importantly, it embraces a faith-based education that not only prepares its students for college but also for life,” said Dr. Mike Hammond, vice president and DLCS headmaster.
The name change to Lipscomb Academy is just one of the exciting plans for Lipscomb Academy. In November, university officials announced plans for facility and program improvements as part of the universty’s Lipscomb:Next initiative to invest $125 million in the university and its campus school by their 125th anniversary in 2016.
Elementary school renovations will be the first work in a phased plan for the entire campus school and begins this summer. It will be followed by a new middle school adjacent to the present elementary school and a new high school on property already a part of the institutional overlay east of Granny White Pike and bounded by Maplehurst and Caldwell lanes. This will not only give the high school extremely functional new space, it will also join the high school to its athletic activities at the Reese L. Smith Athletic Complex. He anticipates the phased plan will take place over the next 10 years.