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LASA School Profile 09-10

LASA School Profile 09-10

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Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School
CEEB Code: 4400692009-2010 School Profile
7309 Lazy Creek Drive
Austin, TX 78724Telephone: 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-yearcomprehensive, public, urban, advanced academic magnet high school of 874 students. The class of 2010 numbers 170 students. The programrecruits the most academically advanced students from public and privatemiddle schools in Austin; as such, admission to LASA is competitive, based on test scores, previous accomplishments and teacherrecommendations.
HISTORY 
The LBJ Science Academy, the first Austin magnet school, was created in1985. The Liberal Arts Academy at Johnston High School was opened in1987. The Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) of Austin emergedfrom these two separate magnet schools in 2002 on the Lyndon BainesJohnson High School campus. In 2007, the School Board approved theseparation into two high schools: the Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School and Lyndon Baines Johnson High School. The two highschools, housed on the same campus, still share fine arts and athleticsclasses and compete in UIL events as one school.
MISSION
 
LASA educates socially responsible leaders, problem solvers, and thinkersthrough a nationally recognized, rigorous, innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum.
STUDENT PROFILE
 
Race/Ethnicity (2009-2010)Black/African-American 5.7% Asian/Pacific Islander 14.9%Hispanic 22.7% American Indian 0.11% White 56.6%Free/Reduced Lunch Program: 25%
2008-09 RECOGNITIONS
 
Ranked #36 on
 Newsweek
’s top 1300 high schools
 
Earned Exemplary Accountability Rating from the state of Texas
 
7 (out of 8 possible) Gold Performance Awards from TEA:Comparable Improvement: Reading/ELA; CommendedReading/ELA; Commended Mathematics; Commended Writing;Commended Science; Commended Social Studies; Texas SuccessInitiative: ELA; Texas Success Initiative: Mathematics
 
Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Award for Highest Direct toCollege Enrollment Rate by a HS Campus in Central Texas, Class of ‘08
GRADING SYSTEM
 
Letter Grade Numeric Value A 90 100B 80 89C 70 79F 69 or Below The theoretical maximum GPA is 4.8 on a 4.0 scale, reflecting the numberof required unweighted courses as well as 1 additional grade point for pre- AP, AP, magnet, and topics courses.
 
CLASS RANK 
 
Ranking and GPA are determined at the end of each semester. Allcourses count for purposes of ranking and GPA (unless listed asPass/Fail). Since admission to LASA is competitive and tested aptitudesare above the national average, rank in class cannot be regarded as a validindication of preparation for college for the students at LASA. Shouldrank be considered an important factor, LASA students should bemeasured against the totality of Austin ISD’s senior class, approximately 4000 students, since they have chosen to attend the most academically rigorous school and to travel much farther across town to prepare forcollege.
CURRICULUM
 
The curricular expectations for LASA students exceed that of a traditionalcurricular program. At LASA, all core courses are taught at two academiclevels: magnet and topics.
 Magnet 
level courses contain more lecture, aremore traditional and are the equivalent of a strong pre-AP or APcurriculum.
Topics
level courses move at a quicker pace, cover morematerial, are project-based and contain special “topics” within the subjectmatter. Due to AISD data reporting constraints, LASA transcripts do notnote the
magnet 
or
topics
status of our core courses. However, counselorrecommendations will indicate if the student has enrolled in the mostdemanding curriculum offered, i.e. Topics level. All courses at LASA, with the exception of Health, Speech Communication, and PhysicalEducation, are offered at the minimum of a magnet level. The CourseDescription Guide is available on the LASA Web site: http://lasaonline.org/docs/LASA_Course_Descriptions_2009-10.pdf 
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 thesciences and humanities. LASA freshmen take Electronic Magazine andScience and Technology; sophomores take Planet Earth and Great Ideas.These classes are described in more detail on the LASA Web site in the Academics section.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
 
LASA students complete a rigorous program of study that requires aminimum of 24 credits for graduation. In addition to completing therequirements for the state of Texas Distinguished Achievement Program(as prescribed by the Texas Education Agency), students must complete aminimum of 17 magnet credits to receive a
 Magnet endorsement 
upongraduation.
 ADVANCED PLACEMENT
 
 An upperclassman at LASA will typically take 4 to 5 AP courses persemester. In 2009, on their own initiative, LASA students took 993 Advanced Placement tests with a 79.5% passing rate. AdvancedPlacement exams are offered at LASA in the following areas: U.S.Government, Comparative Government, French Language, ComputerScience A/AB, 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, World History, Spanish Literature, and Latin Literature.
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
 
2008 2009 2010
Commended 31 32 32Semifinalist 19 22 13Finalist 15 20 13National Achievement Scholars 1 3 3National Hispanic Scholars 12 10 6
 
SAT DATA & SCORE DISTRIBUTION
(169 students)
Class of 2009
CR M Overall Mean 634 636 610700-800 60 46 39600-699 50 71 58500-599 35 37 47400-499 23 15 22300-399 1 0 3200-299 0 0 0
 ACT DATA & SCORE DISTRIBUTION
(75 students)
Class of 2009
E M R S CompOverall Mean 25.6 25.7 25.9 24.2 25.5

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