The Senney Honors Academy at Lutheran West
Lutheran West's Senney Honors Academy motivates students to reach their fullest potentials in high school while preparing them to excel in college. Students who are performing well academically are encouraged to stretch themselves in the classroom, explore their educational and professional futures, and cultivate their spirit of servant leadership.
The Leadership Lecture Series
Influential local leaders are invited to address The Senney Honors Academy on a monthly basis. The predominant focus is upon highlighting leaders who make a difference in their local, state, and national communities. To view a list of this year's scheduled speakers, click here, or to explore a list of selected past speakers since the inception of The Senney Honors Academy, click here.
Each year, Senney Honors Academy students and their families have the opportunity to take a tour of college campuses across the United States in regions including the Northeast, Midwest, and South (visited on a rotating basis from year to year). In past years, institutions visited have included University of Michigan, Concordia College Ann Arbor, Valparaiso University, University of Notre Dame, University of Chicago, Vanderbilt University, University of Kentucky, Centre College, and Belmont University.
Service and Internships
Relationships with an service agency are formed over a student’s high school career to fulfill service hour requirements and move toward internship opportunities. The service component of the Senney Honors Academy allows students to cultivate their senses of servant leadership and investment in their own local communities. Their service often becomes an important and unique feature of their college applications.
Standardized Test Preparation
In addition to the test prepartion provided to all Lutheran West students in their junior year, SHA students are provided with professional ACT/SAT test-taking preparation starting in their freshman year. For our SHA students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses, AP exam completion is required with test fees refunded to students achieving a score of three or higher.
Enriched Academic Requirements
Additional graduation requirements include taking ten or more Honors/Advanced Placement (AP)/College Credit Plus (CCP) courses and participating in at least two extra-curricular events.
The SHA Presidential Scholarship
A $2,500 annually-renewable scholarship is awarded yearly to two incoming freshmen. Eligible candidates will score in the 92nd percentile or higher on their Lutheran West Admissions test (a required step in the Admissions process). Scholarship candidates must take the Admissions test prior to the December 31 Priority Application Deadline - register for a testing session here). Those who meet this criterion will be invited to attend the SHA Presidential Scholarship Day. Award recipients will be selected based on the student's performance at the day's events.