Each spring, the public is invited to join Lee Academy for an evening of celebrating The Arts. Students showcase their accomplishments and refreshments are served. On display are the Visual Arts (photography and studio art). The Chorus and Concert Band perform and the annual One-Act Play is presented. This is a very well-attended event and an impressive display of talent.
Civil Rights Team
High schools in the state of Maine have civil rights teams, a school-based group of students with at least one school-based adult advisor. The state has set the mission as follows: A civil rights team identifies and addresses issues of bias (especially bias based on race, color, national origin and ancestry, religion, physical and mental disabilities, gender, and sexual orientation) in their school community through education and awareness efforts. Any Lee Academy student can join. A meeting with other students across the state is held every September at the State Capital in Augusta. The goal of this local group is to help the school think about and talk about issues relating to race and skin color along with any other related issues; activities are planned by LA students throughout the year.
Community Service Club
All Lee Academy students are welcome to join this group were we work together to support our school and community. Students in this group participate in a variety of activities, ranging from helping weekly at the local food cupboard, assist with American Red Cross blood drives, volunteering at the local elementary school, providing assistance with meals and gifts to families in need over the holidays, completing community trail work and clean up projects, and assisting with school and community events as needed.
Concert Band and Chorus and Pep Band
Concert Band and Chorus are classes taught at the academy. In addition, Concert Band and Chorus participate in public concerts and the Pep Band performs at basketball games.
Halloween Dance (October): A fun dress-up or costume dance.
Winter Carnival Dance (February): A semi-formal dance.
Prom (May): A formal dance.
In the fall, students present a major musical, and in the spring, they participate in the State of Maine One-Act Competition. See The Arts section of About Lee Academy for more information.
Entropy is a collection of written and artistic work created by and produced by Lee Academy students. See the Publications section of About Lee Academy for more information and a recent edition of the magazine.
Envirothon is a hands-on outdoor environmental science competition organized by the Maine Association of Conservation Districts. Students work in teams to answer questions regarding water, soil, forestry, and wildlife resources. Students also complete a presentation in which they propose a solution to a current environmental problem. In addition to learning more about the Maine environment, students who participate in this activity build problems solving, team work, and presentation skills. They also have fun together in the great outdoors! See https://www.maineenvirothon.org/ for additional information.
French Club members travel to Quebec city for a 3-day trip in mid March. This trip is immensely popular. The students are immersed in French culture by participating in several activities: A “soirée” at a local Sugar Shack where French Canadian food, songs and dances are part of their experience; strolling on the cobblestone streets of Old Québec; tobogganing on the Dufferin Terrace; dining at the rotating restaurant overlooking the Plains of Abraham; visiting the Ice Hotel; hiking over the Montmorency Falls; a tour of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. In order to give every student the opportunity to experience this once in a lifetime trip, we raise some of the funds at the school store, 50/50 raffles and bottle drives.
The Lee Academy Math Team starts in October with practices and then competes regularly throughout the winter months against other Maine high schools. In early April, the State Math Meet is held at the state capital; approximately 1000 students compete in teams of ten students per school. Any students with an interest in math and in such competitions can join the LA team, practices are held routinely to prepare for these competitions.
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society (NHS) recognizes outstanding high school students. Members are nominated and chosen by teachers based on each student’s scholarship, leadership, service, and character. A formal induction ceremony is held each year to induct new members; members are usually Juniors and Seniors (third- and fourth-year students). Students must have a set (and above average) grade point average to be invited to apply. International students must have attended Lee Academy for one year to be considered eligible. Students inducted into this group must continue to demonstrate scholarship, leadership, and character and complete community service projects. See the National Honor Society section under Academics for more information.
Peer Counselors are volunteer student leaders who help to create a kind and accepting culture in our school. Students receive fundamental training in understanding others, respecting differences. and using listening and communication skills to help their peers. They provide support, assist in solving problems and make referrals when appropriate. Their motto is “choose to be kind”.
Poetry Out Loud
Lee Academy students can participate in the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. This activity was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Poetry Out Loud is administered in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Interested Lee Academy students choose three poems, prepare, and then present them locally to determine a winner to represent the school in the regional competition. Winners in the regional competition go on to compete at the state level. See The Arts section of About Lee Academy for more information.
For interested students, Lee Academy has a Robotics Club whose members meet regularly and work on projects as well as prepare for a competition at Thomas College with other Maine high schools. Learn About the Robotics Club
Student Council is made up of student leaders representing each of the classes at Lee Academy. Members of student council are leaders for the student body. Students in this group are responsible for planning school-wide activities such as Winter Carnival Week Competitions and the Winter Carnival Dance, carrying out awareness activities for the student body, communicating for and to the student body, and representing Lee Academy as needed.