School Profile
Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School
CEEB Code: 440069
2013-2014 School Profile
7309 Lazy Creek Drive • Austin, TX 78724
Telephone: 512-414-LASA • Fax: 512-414-6050 • Web site:

The Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) High School is a four-year comprehensive, public, urban, advanced academic magnet high school of 975 students. The class of 2014 numbers 209 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.

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.

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

Race/Ethnicity (2013-2014)
Black/African-American 2.0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 16.3%
Hispanic 22.3%
Multi-Racial 4.1%
White 53.9%
Unreported 1.3%

 Ranked #33 in Newsweek’s America’s Best High Schools
 Ranked #67 among American public high schools by The Washington Post’s Challenge Index
 Ranked #68 in US News and World Report’s Top High Schools in America
 Earned Exemplary Accountability Rating from the state of Texas for sixth year in a row

 94% matriculated to 4-year colleges and/or universities
 5% matriculated to 2-year colleges
 1% elected to take a gap-year before enrolling in college

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.

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.

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.

An upperclassman will typically take 4 to 5 AP courses per semester. In 2013, on their own initiative, LASA students took 1305 Advanced Placement tests with an 91% passing rate. Advanced Placement courses are offered in the following areas: U.S. Government, Comparative Government,  Spanish Language, Statistics, Chinese Language, Calculus AB/BC, English Literature, French Literature, German Language, Japanese Language and Culture, 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.

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.

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.

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Commended 32 34 58 44 TBD
Semifinalist 13 35 20 26 33
Finalist 13 35 20 26 TBD
National Achievement Scholars 3 1 2 3 2
National Hispanic Recognition 6 7 12 11 18

(219 students) Class of 2013
Overall Mean 663 668 629
700-800 83 86 42
600-690 89 91 100
500-590 41 38 66
400-490 6 4 11
300-390 0 0 0
200-290 0 0 0

(122 students) Class of 2013
E M R S Comp
Overall Mean 29 28.7 30.6 28.2 29.2

Ms. Stacia Crescenzi– Principal
Ms. Kenisha Coburn – Associate Principal
Mr. Alan Santucci – Assistant Principal
Ms. San Czaplinski – Assistant Principal
Ms. Shannon Bergeron – Lead Counselor (A-G)
Ms. Carole Crawford McPherson – Counselor (H-Pa)
Ms. Meagan Butler – Counselor (Pe-Z)
Ms. Jamie Kocian – College Counselor
Ms. Paula Boothe – Registrar
Ms. Claudia Villarreal – Guidance Secretary

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* Elective/Local Credit
ELECTRONIC MAG Electronic Magazine* Local Credit
SCI TECH Science-Technology* Science
PLANET EARTH Planet Earth* Science/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 Film into Literature 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

(#) – Designates where members of the class of 2013 matriculated and corresponding number enrolled

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Last Updated: September 9, 2013