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School Profile

Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School

CEEB Code: 440069

2014-2015 School Profile

7309 Lazy Creek Drive  ·  Austin, TX 78724

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




 

SUMMARY

The Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) High School is a four-year comprehensive, public, urban, advanced academic magnet high school of 1006 students.  The class of 2015 numbers 235 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 (2014-2015)

Black/African-American                                      1.7%

American Indian/Alaska Native                          0.1%

Asian/Pacific Islander                                         17.3%

Hispanic                                                              21%

Multi-Racial                                                          4%

White                                                                   55.8%

 

2013-14 RECOGNITIONS

§   Ranked #8 (#1 in Texas) in Newsweek’s America’s Best High Schools

§   Ranked #37 in US News and World Report’s Best High Schools in America

§   Ranked #85 among American public high schools by The Washington Post’s Challenge Index 

 

POST SECONDARY PLACEMENT (Class of 2014)

§   94% matriculated to 4-year colleges and/or universities

§   5% matriculated to 2-year colleges

§   1% sought employment following graduation

 

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. 

 

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 2014, on their own initiative, LASA students took 1684 Advanced Placement tests with an 85% 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 2015 is as follows:

Highest GPA: 4.67                                Lowest GPA: 2.15

 

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

                                                                           2011     2012   2013   2014     2015    

Commended                                                  34           58         44        49                 50    

Semifinalist                                                    35           20         26        32                 33

Finalist                                                              35           20         26        29                 TBA

National Achievement Scholars          1              2           3           2                    TBA      

National Hispanic Recognition           7             12          11         18                   TBA

 

SAT DATA & SCORE DISTRIBUTION

(195 students)                Class of 2014

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

(111 students)                Class of 2014

                                   E          M         R         S        Comp                     

Overall Mean    29.5     29.8    29.8    29.4      29.5  

 

LASA OFFICE PERSONNEL

Ms. Stacia Crescenzi– Principal

Ms. Kenisha Coburn – Academy Director

Mr. Marc Hernandez– Assistant Principal

Ms. San Czaplinski – Assistant Principal

Ms. Shannon Bergeron – Lead Counselor (A-G)

Ms. Carole McPherson – Counselor (H-Pa)

Dr. April Walker – Counselor (Pe-Z)

Ms. Jamie Kocian – College Counselor

Ms. Paula Boothe – Registrar

Ms. Claudia Villarreal – Guidance Secretary


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

INT TO HUMAN           Great Ideas*                                             Local Credit

ELECTRONIC MAG    Electronic Magazine*                                Local Credit

SCI TECH                          Science-Technology*                          Elective

PLANET EARTH          Planet Earth*                                          Elective

MATH IND STUDY    Logic, Set Theory, and Proofs                    Mathematics

SCI R&D1                          Organic Chemistry                               Science

SCI R&D1/ROBOT       Robotics 2                                                 Science

SCI R&D2/ROBOT      Robotics 3                                                  Science

ENG PRESENT             Eng Design and Presentation-                 Career Tech Ed

Robotics 1 

 

 

Class Code              Equivalent Course                Subject

FIREFIGHTER1/2      Firefighter Academy                                   Career Tech Ed

ADV STUDIES SS       Model UN                                                 Elective

ENG IND1 STDY          Literature to Film                                      Elective

ENG IND2 STDY         Philosophy                                                Elective

ENG IND3 STDY         Songwriting                                              Elective

JOURN IND STDY      Newspaper/Yearbook Editors                     Elective

RESEARCH SS 1st        AP Psychology-1st semester                    Elective

SPEC TOPCS SS1          Mock Trial                                             Elective

SPEC TOPCS SS2         Constitutional Law                                Elective

SPEC TOPCS SS3         Contemporary Issues                              Elective

SPEC TOPCS SS4         Facing History                                        Elective

TECH WRITING           Music & Revolution                                   Elective

 

                                               


 

COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ACCEPTANCES FOR THE CLASS OF 2014

 (#) – Designates where members of the class of 2014 matriculated and corresponding number enrolled




University of Aberdeen

Agnes Scott College

University of Alabama

Alaska Pacific University

Allegheny College

American University

American University of Paris

Amherst College

Angelo State University (2)
Arizona State University (2)

University of Arizona

Austin College
Austin Community College (9)

Bard College

Barnard College (1)
Baylor University (1)
Beloit College (1)

Bennington College
Berry College (1)

Blackburn College
Boston University (1)
Brandeis University (2)

Brown University (1)

Bryn Mawr College (1)

California Institute of Technology

University of California, Berkeley (3) University of California, Davis

University of California, Irvine
University of California,Los Angeles (1)

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California at Santa Cruz

Canisius College (1)
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University (1)

Case Western Reserve University

College of Charleston

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University of Cincinnati (1)

Claremont McKenna College

Clark University (1)

Colby College

Colgate University (1)

University of Colorado at Boulder (3)

Colorado College

Colorado School of Mines  

Colorado State University (2)
Columbia University

Concordia University of Austin

Connecticut College

University of Connecticut

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art (1)

Cornell College

Cornell University (1)

Davidson College

University of Denver

Drew University

Drexel University
Earlham College (1)

Eastern Washington University

Eckerd College

Elon University

Emerson College (1)
Emory University

University of Evansville

The Evergreen State College

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Southern College

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Franklin College Switzerland

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Hobart and William Smith Colleges

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Champaign
Illinois Institute of Technology

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Louisiana State University (1)

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Macalester College

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McGill University

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University of Mississippi (1)
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Muhlenberg College

University of New Mexico 
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University of North Carolina at Greensboro

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

North Carolina State University

University of North Texas (7)
Northeastern University (1)
Northwestern University (1)
Ohio Wesleyan University

University of Oklahoma

Old Dominion University

University of the Pacific (1)

Pennsylvania State University

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Point Park University
Pomona College 
Prairie View A&M University

Pratt Institute

University of Puget Sound (1)

Purdue University

Radford University

University of Redlands

Reed College (1)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (3)
Rhodes College (3)
Rice University (3)

University of Rochester

Rutgers University

Saint Mary’s College of California
University of San Diego

University of San Francisco

Santa Clara University

Savannah College of Art and Design

Schreiner University (2)

Scripps College

Seattle University

Seton Hall University

Skidmore College

Smith College (1)

Soka University of America

University of Southern California (2)
Southern Methodist University
Southwestern University (4)

Spelman College

University of St. Andrews (1)
St. Edward’s University (5)

St. John’s University

St. Mary’s University (1)

St. Olaf College
Stanford University (2)
Stephen F. Austin State University

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Swarthmore College

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Temple University
Texas A&M University (17)
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

Texas A&M University, Kingsville

Texas Christian University

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Texas Tech University (3)

University of Texas, Arlington (1)
University of Texas at Austin (30)
University of Texas, Dallas (16)

University of Texas, Pan American (1)
University of Texas, San Antonio (7)

University of Toronto
Trinity University (5)
Tulane University (2)

University of Tulsa

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Ursinus College

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Vanderbilt University

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University of Virginia

Wake Forest University

Washington University in St. Louis (1)

University of Washington (1)

Webster University

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Wheaton College IL (1)

Whitman College

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Willamette University (1)

College of William and Mary (1)

Williams College

Wingate University

University of Wisconsin, Madison (1)

The College of Wooster
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Yale University (1)


 

 

Last Updated: September 15, 2014