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CEEB Code: 440069 2009-2010 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 874 students. The class of 2010 numbers 170 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 curricular expectations for LASA students exceed that of a traditional curricular program. At LASA, all core courses are taught at two academic levels: magnet and topics. Magnet level courses contain more lecture, are more traditional and are the equivalent of a strong pre-AP or AP curriculum. Topics level courses move at a quicker pace, cover more material, are project-based and contain special “topics” within the subject matter. Due to AISD data reporting constraints, LASA transcripts do not note the magnet or topics status of our core courses. However, counselor recommendations will indicate if the student has enrolled in the most demanding curriculum offered, i.e. Topics level. All courses at LASA, with the exception of Health, Speech Communication, and Physical Education, are offered at the minimum of a magnet level. The Course Description Guide is available on the LASA Web site: http://lasaonline. org/docs/LASA_Course_Descriptions_2009-10.pdf
The LBJ Science Academy, the first Austin magnet school, was created in 1985. The Liberal Arts Academy at Johnston High School was opened in 1987. The Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) of Austin emerged from these two separate magnet schools in 2002 on the Lyndon Baines Johnson High School campus. In 2007, the School Board approved the separation into two high schools: the Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School and Lyndon Baines Johnson High School. The two high schools, housed on the same campus, still share fine arts and athletics classes and compete in UIL events as one school.
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 Academics section.
LASA educates socially responsible leaders, problem solvers, and thinkers through a nationally recognized, rigorous, innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum.
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%
LASA students complete a rigorous program of study that requires a minimum of 24 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.
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; Commended Reading/ELA; Commended Mathematics; Commended Writing; Commended Science; Commended Social Studies; Texas Success Initiative: ELA; Texas Success Initiative: Mathematics Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Award for Highest Direct to College Enrollment Rate by a HS Campus in Central Texas, Class of ‘08
An upperclassman at LASA will typically take 4 to 5 AP courses per semester. In 2009, on their own initiative, LASA students took 993 Advanced Placement tests with a 79.5% passing rate. Advanced Placement exams are offered at LASA in the following areas: U.S. Government, Comparative Government, French Language, Computer Science 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.
Letter Grade A B C F Numeric Value 90 – 100 80 – 89 70 – 79 69 or Below
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Commended Semifinalist Finalist National Achievement Scholars National Hispanic Scholars (169 students) Overall Mean 700-800 600-699 500-599 400-499 300-399 200-299 Class of 2009 CR M 634 636 60 46 50 71 35 37 23 15 1 0 0 0 2008 31 19 15 1 12 2009 32 22 20 3 10 2010 32 13 13 3 6
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 preAP, AP, magnet, and topics courses.
SAT DATA & SCORE DISTRIBUTION
W 610 39 58 47 22 3 0
Ranking and GPA are determined at the end of each semester. All courses count for purposes of ranking and GPA (unless listed as Pass/Fail). Since 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. Should rank be considered an important factor, LASA students should be measured 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 for college.
ACT DATA & SCORE DISTRIBUTION (75 students) Class of 2009 E M R S Comp Overall Mean 25.6 25.7 25.9 24.2 25.5
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 are so designated. Class Code INTHUML LOC ENG SCI TECH PEARTH BUSIM/MM CA-TP CMAT-TP EET-TP FF APTACS1 TACS1 TADGA TADTP TAIND1 TAVIDTEC Equivalent Course Great Ideas Electronic Magazine Science-Technology Planet Earth Business Image Mgmt & Multimedia Robotics 1 Computer Multimedia & Animation Robotics 2 Firefighter Academy AP Computer Science Computer Science Digital Graphing & Animation Desktop Publishing Robotics 3 Video Technology Subject Other Electives Local Credit Science Science Career/Tech Ed Career/Tech Ed Career/Tech Ed Career/Tech Ed Career/Tech Ed Tech Appl Tech Appl Tech Appl Tech Appl Tech Appl Tech Appl
Class Code TAWEBMAS SS ADV HUMANIT IND ENG LM LIT GENR NPLUS SPTSS SPTSS2 SPTSS3 SS ADV TECH WR
Equivalent Course Web Mastering Model UN Humanities SAT Prep Literary Magazine Literary Genre Networking Essentials Constitutional Law Contemporary Issues Facing History Amateur Radio Music & Revolution or Screenwriting
Subject Tech Appl Other Electives Other Electives Other Electives Other Electives Other Electives Other Electives Other Electives Other Electives Other Electives Other Electives Other Electives
LASA OFFICE PERSONNEL
Mr. Rene Sanchez – Principal Ms. Melanie Meyer – Associate Principal Mr. Alan Santucci – Assistant Principal Ms. Karen Foree – Principal’s Secretary Dr. David Qualls – Counselor (A-Ha) Ms. Lisa Adams – Counselor (He-Pa) Ms. Stacey Hopper – Counselor (Pe-Z) Ms. Jamie Kocian – Project ADVANCE College Advisor Ms. Paula Boothe – Registrar Ms. Michelle Rivera – Guidance Secretary
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ACCEPTANCES – CLASS OF 2009
Universities and colleges that have accepted Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School students include: (#) – Designates where members of the class of 2009 matriculated and corresponding number enrolled
Academy of Art University Agnes Scott College American Academy of Art American University Angelo State University Arizona State University Auburn University (1) Austin College (6) Austin Community College (12) Bard College (1) Baylor University (1) Beloit College (2) Bennington College Blinn College Boston College Boston University (1) Bowdoin College Brandeis University Brigham Young University (1) California College of the Arts Carleton College (2) Carnegie Mellon University (2) Case Western Reserve University (2) Chaminade University of Honolulu Chapman University Clark University Clarkson University College of Notre Dame of Maryland College of Wooster Colorado College Colorado School of Mines Colorado State University Columbia College Columbia University Concordia University at Austin Connecticut College Cornell University (2) Creighton University CUNY Brooklyn College Curry College (1) Dartmouth College Denison University DePaul University Drexel University Drury University Duke University Earlham University (1) Eckerd College (1) Elizabethtown College Emerson College Emory University (1) The Evergreen State College Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Fashion Institute of Technology (1) Florida Institute of Technology (1) Fordham University (1) Franklin and Marshall College Furman University George Washington University (2) Georgia Institute of Technology (3) Grove City College (1) Guilford College Hamilton College (1) Hampshire College (1) Harvard University (1) Haverford College (1) Hendrix College (3) Hofstra University Houston Baptist University Howard University Illinois Institute of Technology Indiana University at Bloomington (1) Ithaca College James Madison University (1) Johns Hopkins University Juniata College Kettering University (1) Lawrence University Lehigh University Lewis and Clark College Louisiana State University (3) Louisiana Tech University Loyola University, New Orleans (1) Lubbock Christian University Macalester College Marymount Manhattan College (1) Massachusetts College of Art Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2) Memphis College of Art Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (1) Minneapolis College of Art and Design Morehouse College Mount Holyoke College New York School of Interior Design New York University (3) North Carolina State University (1) Northeastern University (1) Northern Arizona University Northwestern University (3) Norwich University Oberlin College Ohio Wesleyan University Otis College of Art and Design Our Lady of the Lake University (1) Pacific University Parsons School of Design, New School University (1) Parsons School of Design, Paris Pomona College (1) Prairie View A&M University Pratt Institute (1) Princeton University (2) Purdue University Reed College (1) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhode Island School of Design Rhodes College (1) Rice University (2) Rochester Institute of Technology Roosevelt Academy (1) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Santa Clara University Sarah Lawrence College (1) Savannah College of Art and Design School of the Art Institute of Chicago School of Visual Arts Seton Hall University Skidmore College Smith College Soka University of America (1) South Plains College (1) Southern Methodist University Southwestern University (1) St. Edward’s University (2) St. John’s University – Manhattan (1) Stanford University Stephen F. Austin State University Swarthmore College (1) Syracuse University Temple University – Japan (1) Texas A&M University (9) Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi (2) Texas A&M University at Galveston Texas A&M University at Kingsville Texas Lutheran University Texas Southern University (1) Texas State University (9) Texas Tech University (2) Trinity University (2) Trinity Western University Truman State University Tufts University Tulane University (1) U.S. Air Force Academy (2) U.S. Naval Academy University of Alabama University of California at Berkeley (2) University of California at Irvine University of California at Los Angeles University of California at San Diego University of California at Santa Barbara University of Chicago (1) University of Cincinnati University of Colorado at Boulder (1) University of the Cumberlands (1) University of Dayton University of Denver University of Evansville University of Hartford University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Houston (1) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of the Incarnate Word (2) University of Iowa University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (1) University of Maryland, College Park University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1) University of Michigan University of Missouri at Columbia (1) University of Nebraska at Lincoln University of New Mexico (1) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Texas (4) University of Notre Dame University of Oklahoma (1) University of Pennsylvania (2) University of Portland University of Richmond University of Rochester University of San Francisco University of Southern California University of Texas at Arlington (2) University of Texas at Austin (16) University of Texas at Brownsville University of Texas at Dallas (2) University of Texas at El Paso University of Texas at San Antonio (20) University of Tulsa University of Virginia University of Washington (1) University of West Florida (1) University of Wisconsin at Madison (2) Vassar College Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Washington University in St. Louis Wellesley College (1) Wentworth Institute of Technology Wesleyan University West Texas A&M University Wheaton College Whitman College Worcester Polytechnic Institute Xavier University of Louisiana (1) Yale University (2)
Last Updated: March 1, 2010
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