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Lasa High School
7309 Lazy Creek Dr
Austin, TX 78724
(512) 414-2589
public | 9-12
County: Travis


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1/30/2012parentThe curriculum and teachers are amazing. My student loves LASA, where the focus is on academics, not frivolity and drama. It's cool to be super smart here, but it is also a lot of hard work and very competitive. Like the previous poster said, the gpa's here have to be astronomically high in order to get into the top 10% of the class. My student's is 4.2+ and still not in the top 10%. How can we improve a student's chances at getting in top-tier colleges?
12/19/2011parentMy son is a senior this year and has attend LASA for all 4 years. He has had some amazing teachers, is academically well prepared for college, and scored very high on the SAT. That being said, I want to warn students and parents about the college process. It is very difficult to get a high gpa at this school and be competitive in the college process. At the LASA Roadshow, we were told that college recruiters are well aware of the rigor at LASA and take that into consideration when looking at your application. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. It is all about your UNWEIGHTED gpa and class rank. The weighted gpa on your report card gives a you false sense of security. My son has a 3.7 gpa and puts him in the 65% rank (there are ~180 kids in his class). We only found out recently that this is a 2.7 unweighted. This is what colleges see and there is no way you will get into a top tier college with that. Teachers grade very tough here and we had just accepted it thinking it would pay off in the end- but it has not. Do yourself a favor and l look up the admission stats and gpa's for good schools and ask yourself if your child has what it takes to make that gpa at the most rigorous school in Austin.
7/15/2011studentThis is easily the best school in Austin. There are a lot of award-winning academic teams and all sorts of clubs to join. The student body is very friendly and diverse so it's not at all difficult to find a niche. If you're ambitious and one to take up a challenge, LASA would be a great place for you. That said, I wouldn't go here if you're just looking to cruise through high school without a whole lot of effort.
8/15/2010studentI'm about to start my second year here at LASA. It's a good school, with nice people. My only problem is my commute. Each day I spend a little over 4 hours (total) driving to and from school. I rarely get enough sleep, especially when the teachers seem to accidentally pile on a bunch of projects at the same time. I only suggest that very devoted students go to LASA.
7/10/2010studentI have attended LASA for two years, and finally for 2010-2011 year I'm leaving. This school is average there is nothing extraordinary about it. The very competitive academic environment makes you feel like a number and unimportant, and not a valued student.. The majority of the teachers are average, but their are a handful that are absolutely amazing at what they do. Teachers hardly ever communicate with other teachers outside of their subject area. As a result of this students have tons of projects and exams in multiple classes at the same time. In my opinion, diversity at this school is non existent. LASA is a hit or miss, and for me it just didn't fit my personality.
5/14/2010parentLASA is a great school if it's a good fit, but it's not for everybody. My freshman is transferring next year because he doesn't like the competitive environment / is interested in a more laid back atmosphere, thinks the hour-long commute isn't worth it & is somewhat burned out on magnet school after 4 years. I think he'll thrive in a more "normal" high school. Folks who claim LASA is the "best' school assume there's one norm for everyone. The real question is, What's the best place for MY child? I'm looking forward to seeing the happier, more engaged kid that slowly eroded this year. My older child went to a different Austin public school & is going to an ivy league college -- he was happy & engaged, had a great experience. You don't have to go to LASA to get a good education.
9/18/2009parentOne of the best schools in the country. Highly motivated students, teachers and administration.
4/18/2009studentI attend LASA and it was one of the smartest choices I have ever made. I found all the people to be inviting and friendly. There was none of the peer pressure and bad influences that comes with other schools, as all students are there because they want to excel and learn. This makes it an easy environment to learn. All teachers are there because they want their kids to excel, and therefore they throw all of their effort and time into making this happen. I highly recommend it.
3/12/2009studentI go to LASA and I really enjoy it. I attended a private school for a few years, and have to say, LASA is on a whole other level. Not only do you get a better education than at a private school, but you are also immersed in a less judgmental, friendlier social atmosphere. We are not all just bookworms either. We regularly compete (and often win!) in athletic and extra curricular competitions.
3/5/2009studentI go to LASA and I have to say, it is an amazing school! The schoolwork may be a bit challenging, but overall, it is a great experience. The teachers are great and the education beats all in Austin.
6/30/2008parentLASA is an exceptional school--great teachers, bright & motivated students, challenging academic classes, huge selection of extra-curricular sports & clubs, and an excellent reputation with college recruiters. One of my other children graduated from Austin High School, and the academic rigor at LASA far exceeds that at Austin, and there is no 'zip code' snobbery or 'party school' atmosphere that exists at Austin. This is a private school education for free, folks. The location is not central, but it's worth the trip.
5/28/2008studentAcademics at this school are top-notch, so it also attracts the brightest and most ambitious students. This makes the student body much more competitive than those found at other schools. Students who might have been in the top 5% at their home schools are suddenly fighting to be in the top 50%. Admission at schools like UT Austin (which automatically accepts the top 10% students at each school) becomes difficult, even for the most overqualified students, simply because they are not in the top 10%, in this much more competitive pool.
5/24/2008parentMany courses are challenging, with teachers that are excited about their subject matter. In addition, a very goodsocial environment - alcohol and drugs aren't cool. Individualism is really promoted. Great ACTIVE group of parents.
5/23/2008parentLASA provides the best high school experience in Austin -- outstanding academics, motivated students, experienced and talented faculty, and lots of extracurricular activities such as competitive 4A sports with LBJ High, fine arts, and clubs for every interest. After paying private school tuition in grades K-8, I have to pinch myself to belive my teen is receiving this quality, magnet school education for free. You owe it to yourself to visit and talk with LASA parents.
2/29/2008parentLasa might just be the best school in the Austin area since it was a magnet program now a school of its own

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