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Welcome to Lee Academy

Welcome to Lee Academy, Home of the Cougars! Our preschool through twelfth grade school, located in Marianna, Arkansas, has a rich heritage of excellence. In everything we do, from athletics to academics, we strive to develop young adults who will be successful in all walks of life. At Lee Academy, we encourage our students to think creatively, and we provide a positive learning environment as we ensure a sense of responsibility for their academic and social choices.

We thank you for visiting our website and hope you will enjoy it as you learn how Lee Academy students grow as individuals in our challenging and supportive curriculum, geared toward developing young people who are equipped to shape the future. We invite you to browse the pages of our site to find bus routes, lunch menus, and registration information as well as a school calendar to keep you up-to-date with the activities at Lee Academy. Please bookmark our site and visit often.

A Message From our Headmaster

Dear Students, Parents, and Community Members,

As we come to the end of another school year, I would like to reflect on the highlights of the year as well as take a look at what lies ahead for Lee Academy. It is a very exciting time of year as another group of students prepare to graduate. While finances are always a major concern, we have been able to become debt-free thanks to the sacrifices of so many generous donors and friends of our school. We have been able to balance the budget and operate in the black for the past two years. 

Academically, we are seeing growth and improvement as well. Our overall scores on the Stanford 10 tests are much improved overall as we move toward our five year goal of improving our reading and math scores by 10%. Four of our classed have already attained those goals in at least one of the two areas, in only three years. Our math scores have experienced the most growth. Next year, we will be moving away from the SAT 10 testing in grades 3-11 and replacing it with Aspire, an ACT-based testing program. This will help our students better prepare for the ACT since all the testing will be aligned with it. 

I am also very pleased to announce that Lee Academy has continued to excel in the accreditation standards through the MAIS. Next year, we will receive dual accreditation through the MAIS and Advanced Ed, a regional accrediting agency that not only accredits high schools, but also many of the major universities across the nation. This accreditation will provide us with even more credibility, thus verifying the fact that Lee Academy provides an excellent educational program that allows our students to be prepared for post-secondary endeavors at virtually any major university of their choosing. 

We are very proud of our students and the way they represent our schools in a number of competitions around the area. While there are too many to name in this article, we have students who have excelled at the ABC competition, the district and state art competitions, various state and regional competitions, and a myriad of special summer programs such as MASH and CHAMPS. Our various athletic teams had success as well. Even more encouraging is the fact that we had the best participation in athletics that we have had in many years. It is great to see so many of our students getting involved in a variety of activities.

As we finish this school year and prepare for a new one, I want to thank everyone who has had a part in supporting Lee Academy and making it a place in which we can take pride. Our teachers and faculty members, our students, our parents and grandparents, our board members, our various support groups – Grandmother’s Club, AFF, the Men’s Association, and Booster Club –all play an important role in making LA a great place to work and to raise our children. Please continue to pray for our school every day. Have a great summer! 



Mark Lay, Headmaster