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Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School

CEEB Code: 440069

2015-2016 School Profile

7309 Lazy Creek Drive · Austin, TX 78724

Telephone: 512-414-LASA · Fax: 512-414-6050 · Web site: www.lasahighschool.org

 

SUMMARY

The Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) High School is a four-year comprehensive, public, urban, advanced academic magnet high school of 1,122 students. The class of 2017 numbers 251 students. The program recruits the most academically advanced students from public and private middle schools in Austin; as such, admission to LASA is competitive, based on test scores, previous accomplishments and teacher recommendations.

HISTORY

The LBJ Science Academy, Austin's first magnet program, was created in 1985. The Liberal Arts Academy at Johnston High School opened in 1987. The two programs were merged in 2002 and became the Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA), housed on the Lyndon Baines Johnson High School campus. In 2007, the school board voted to make LASA its own high school. The two high schools, LASA and LBJ, are housed on the same campus and still share fine arts and athletics classes. They compete in UIL events as one school.

MISSION

LASA educates socially responsible leaders, problem solvers, and thinkers through a nationally recognized, rigorous, innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum.

STUDENT PROFILE

Race/Ethnicity (2016-2017)

Black/African-American 1.6%

American Indian/Alaska Native 0.1%

Asian 20%

Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 0.4%

Hispanic 17.4%

Multi-Racial 4.8%

White 55.7%

2015-16 RECOGNITIONS

* Ranked #43 in US News and World Report's 2016 Best High Schools in America

POST SECONDARY PLACEMENT (Class of 2016)

* 96% matriculated to 4-year colleges and/or universities

* 2.8% matriculated to 2-year colleges

* 1.2% elected to take a Gap Year before enrolling in college

CURRICULUM

The curricular expectations for LASA students exceed that of a traditional curricular program. The curriculum for every course is written to go above and beyond state and district standards. LASA courses move at a quicker pace, cover more material, are project-based, and rely heavily on discussion and seminar style delivery of course information or the use, interpretation, and delivery of research.

Number of AP courses: 31 Number of Honors Courses: 108

SIGNATURE COURSES

One of the cornerstones of LASA is the group of courses known as Signature Courses. These innovative classes are collaborative in nature. Student groups research, design, implement and present projects in the sciences and humanities. LASA freshmen take Electronic Magazine and Science and Technology; sophomores take Planet Earth and Great Ideas. These classes are described in more detail on the LASA Web site in the Prospective Students section.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

LASA students complete a rigorous program of study that requires a minimum of 26 credits for graduation. In addition to completing the requirements for the state of Texas Distinguished Achievement Program (as prescribed by the Texas Education Agency), students must complete a minimum of 17 magnet credits to receive a Magnet endorsement upon graduation.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT

An upperclassman will typically take 4 to 5 AP courses per semester. In 2016, on their own initiative, LASA students took 2,160 Advanced Placement tests with an 82% passing rate. Advanced Placement courses are offered in the following areas: U.S. Government, Comparative Government, French Language, Computer Science, Spanish Language, Statistics, Chinese Language, Calculus AB/BC, English Literature, German Language, Japanese Language and Culture, Latin, U.S. History, European History, Studio Art, Biology, Music Theory, Physics B, Physics C:M/EM, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Psychology, English Language, Economics: Micro/Macro, Spanish Literature, Art History, World History, and Human Geography.

GRADING SYSTEM

Letter Grade Numeric Value Weighted value Unweighted value

A 90 - 100 4.0 - 5.0 3.0 - 4.0

B 80 - 89 3.0 - 3.9 2.0 - 2.9

C 70 - 79 2.0 - 2.9 1.0 - 1.9

F 69 or Below 0.0 0.0

The theoretical maximum GPA is 4.8 on a 4.0 scale, reflecting the number of required unweighted courses as well as 1 additional grade point for pre-AP, AP, and advanced courses. All courses are included in the cumulative GPA. GPA information for the class of 2016 is as follows:

Highest GPA: 4.7356 Lowest GPA: 2.5255

CLASS RANK

Because admission to LASA is competitive and tested aptitudes are above the national average, rank in class cannot be regarded as a valid indication of preparation for college for the students at LASA. For this reason, we only report class rank for the top ten percent of the senior class applying to Texas public universities pursuant to Texas Education Code Section 51.803.

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Commended 44 49 50 64 NA

Semifinalist 26 32 33 33 NA

Finalist 26 29 31 31 NA

National Hispanic Recognition 11 18 14 14 NA

SAT DATA & SCORE DISTRIBUTION

Class of 2015

*2016 update coming soon

CR M W

Overall Mean 668 669 644

700-800 89 78 67

600-690 59 80 72

500-590 37 29 44

400-490 10 8 11

300-390 0 0 1

200-290 0 0 0

ACT SCORE DATA

(179 students tested) Class of 2016

E M R S Comp

Overall Mean 29.6 29.4 29.8 29.5 29.8

LASA OFFICE PERSONNEL

Ms. Stacia Crescenzi- Principal

Mr. Andy Paulson - Academy Director

Mr. Marc Hernandez- Assistant Principal

Ms. San Czaplinski - Assistant Principal

Ms. Shannon Bergeron - Lead Counselor (A-D)

Ms. Carole McPherson - Counselor (E-L)

Ms. Alawan Thomas - Counselor (M-R)

Ms. Sandi Woodrow - Counselor (S-Z)

Ms. Jamie Kocian - College Counselor

Ms. Cindy Dwinells - Registrar

TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION

To aid in the evaluation of the transcript for admissions review, those courses, where further explanation is deemed appropriate, are listed below with corresponding codes. *LASA Signature Courses; (DC) - Dual Credit

Class Code Equivalent Course Subject

INTHUML Great Ideas* Local Credit

GRAPHDI Electronic Magazine* Career Tech Ed

SCITECH Science-Technology* Elective

PLNEAR Planet Earth* Elective

INSTUMTH Adv Mathematical Reasoning Mathematics

INSTUMTH Diff Equations (w/APCALCBC) Mathematics

ADVBIOT Advanced Biotechnology Science

SCIRD Organic Chemistry Science

FIRE1/2 Firefighter Academy Career Tech Ed

PROBS1 Digital Electronics Career Tech Ed

SCIRD Robotics 1 Career Tech Ed

SCIRD2 Robotics 2 Career Tech EdClass Code Equivalent Course Subject

SCIRD3 Robotics 3 Career Tech Ed

WEBTECH Web Applications Career Tech Ed

APTACSA AP Computer Science Technical App

TAIND1/2 Ind Study Tech App Technical App

IND ENG Literature to Film Elective

IND ENG2 Philosophy Elective

IND ENG3 Songwriting Elective

IND JOUR1/2 Newspaper/Yearbook Editors Elective

LM1/2 Literary Magazine Elective

SS ADV Amateur Radio Elective

SS ADV2 Model UN Elective

SPTSS Mock Trial Elective

SPTSS2 Constitutional Law Elective

SPTSS3 Contemporary Issues Elective

SPTSS4 Facing History Elective

TECH WR Music & Revolution Elective

DELTA (on Current Courses form) - Speech/Health

COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ACCEPTANCES FOR THE CLASS OF 2016

(#) - Designates where members of the class of 2016 matriculated and corresponding number enrolled

 

Abilene Christian University

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Sewanee: The University of the South (1)Simmons College

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