Senney Honors Academy

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.

Academy Components

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.

College Tour

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 preparation 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

The SHA Presidential Scholarship is a $2,500 annually-renewable scholarship is awarded yearly to two incoming freshmen. Eligible candidates must complete the written portion of the SHA application by the deadline and participate in a Senney Honors Academy Group Interview to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship.