Where do I have to live to be able to attend
Students must live within Austin Independent School
What does your student population look
LASA students come from every zip code within the Austin
Independent School District. As a result our students come
from a wide range of ethnic, socio-economic and racial
What percentage of your students attend college and
where do they go?
By their own choice, 100% of our students apply to college.
From each graduating class about 85% of our students attend
4-year colleges and about 12% attend 2-year colleges. Of the
remaining 3% about half choose to take a gap year before attending
college and the rest pursue other interests.
To see a list of the colleges that our students have been
accepted to and attend, you will need to access Naviance.
Click on the Naviance button on the right side of this page.
Logon as a guest using the password aisd. From the welcome
page click on Colleges and then click on Acceptance History.
What makes LASA unique?
Students take courses with teachers who are experts in their
fields and attend classes with students who enjoy the challenge
provided by those teachers. LASA offers innovative and diverse
electives as well as rich extracurricular activities.
LASA has the feel of a small high school where most teachers and
students know each other by name. But as part of the larger
LBJ community, LASA students received the benefits of a large high
school with broader options in terms of athletics, band, choir,
orchestra and theatre.
Does LASA have traditional high school activities or is
it all about academics?
Besides LASA's great academics, students have opportunities to
participate in University Interscholastic League (UIL) sports and
arts as well as numerous school clubs. Because LASA and
LBJ High School share a facility, they also share: football,
basketball, soccer, band, orchestra, choir, golf, and many other
sports and activities. LASA students participate in UIL
high-school sports and activities under the LBJ High School banner.
LASA also has fantastic clubs! A recent count included about 80
different clubs, including Robotics, Quiz Bowl, Bollywood Club,
Amateur Radio Club, Cake Club, Pixar Club and ZAST (Zombie
Homecoming, prom, pep rallies, football games, dating, and other
traditional high school activities are all present at LASA.
What are the ways that LASA communicates with
LASA uses a lot of different ways to communicate. Each
Sunday The Parents and Friends of LASA (PFLASA) publishes the
weekly newsletter "Lots of LASA". To subscribe to "Lots of
There is also a two way communication Yahoo Group called LASA
Community. To subscribe to LASA Community send a blank e-mail
LASA also has a Facebook page. If you are on Facebook, click here and "like" our page.
We also use this website as a major communication tool.
What are Signature Courses?
One of the cornerstones of LASA is the group of courses known as
Signature Courses. These innovative classes are collaborative in
nature and provide breadth to the education at LASA. Student groups
research, design, implement and present projects in the sciences
and humanities. LASA freshmen take Electronic Magazine
(E-zine) and Science and Technology (Sci-Tech); sophomores take
Planet Earth and Great Ideas. More information regarding these
courses can be found on the LASA website.
Does LASA participate in the Student Sharing intiative
to take Career and Technology Education (CTE) courses in other high
LASA does not participate in the Student Sharing initiative that
the district implemented with other high schools in the north and
will be starting among high schools in the south. LASA has many CTE
offerings including SciTech, E-Zine, robotics, yearbook, newspaper,
AVP, engineering design, biotech, fire academy, and others.
What are LASA school
The LASA school day for 2015-16 begins at 8:15
am and dismisses at 3:40 pm., and will likely change for the
2016-17 school year. The schedule will differ for
Late Start Days (10 times each year, always on a Thursday,
school will start at 10 a.m.) and other days due to weather or
special events where AISD deems the schedule change is necessary to
accommodate transportation issues.
For complete details about the exact school calendar, we
strongly suggest you view the LASA
calendar. You can also find the bell schedule at the LASA website.
What are "Late Starts"?
"Late Starts" are specific Thursdays when AISD high school
students begin the day at 10am to allow time for staff development
for high school teachers. Because LASA begins school earlier than
other high schools in Austin, our students start their day about 2
hours late. These are coveted days when our kids get to grab a bit
more shut eye! The morning schedule will be different for LASA
students on late start days. Consult the AISD
bus finder for the revised schedule.
Is LASA only a math and science school?
Absolutely not! LASA does have a large selection of advanced
classes in math and science such as Differential Equations,
Multivariable Calculus, Anatomy and Physiology, and Forensic
Science, but its advanced academic offerings span the spectrum,
including Japanese, Latin, Literary Magazine,
Songwriting, Hitchhiker's Guide to Science Fiction, Human
Geography, Constitutional Law, and American Film Analysis.
In addition to great core classes, and electives, LASA
requires four Signature Courses of Freshmen and
Sophomores: Sci-Tech, E-zine, Planet Earth and Great Ideas, all
adding breadth to the LASA curriculum.
Refer to the LASA
website for the latest course guide.
How will my child get to and from school?
Transportation to and from LASA is provided by AISD
Transportation. Generally speaking, buses leave Austin
area neighborhoods early in the morning. Students are bused to
Kealing Middle School, where they transfer to a direct bus to LASA
High School. Because this makes for a very early morning, many
families choose to carpool. In the afternoons, buses leave the
LASA campus around 3:55 p.m., and go directly to neighborhood
bus stops. Bus stops for the AISD magnet buses are mandated to
be within 1.25 miles of magnet school students' homes.
Meaning, the most a student would walk to/from the bus stop is
1.25 miles, and in most cases it is less.
There are also late buses serving specific areas of Austin
each school day to take students home from after-school activities.
Late buses leave campus at 6:45 p.m. from the parking lot
on Lazy Creek Blvd. behind the Theater/near the Gym, and
depending on the students aboard, create a route accordingly. Late
buses deliver students directly to their homes or mid-block if
multiple students are on a given street. It is important that
students know what part of town they live in, nearest major
intersections, and how to direct drivers to their homes when riding
the Late Bus.
When are bus schedules issued?
Bus schedules are typically mailed to your residence and
available online in August. You can go to the AISD Bus Finder
to find the most up-to-date stops and schedule.
How much homework is there at LASA?
There is quite a bit of homework at LASA, similar to many other
high schools. Some nights there are hours, some nights little
to none. Many students are able to handle extra-curricular
activities, do their homework, and still get 8 hours of sleep each
Do students requiring 504 accommodations attend
Yes, students with 504 accommodations or learning disabilities
can attend LASA. Contact the LASA office for further
How does the school day change for Finals
Finals Week takes place during the last week of each semester.
The school day begins at the regular time, two class finals take
place each day and the school day ends early, typically sometime
between 12 and 1 p.m. Buses pick up students from school
earlier than normal, after the last final. Check the LASA calendar for
How does counseling work at LASA?
LASA has three (will increase to four in 2016-17) academic
counselors who are assigned freshman year to portions of the
alphabet, so that students benefit from being in contact with the
same counselor all four years.
LASA has two Wellness Counselors who work to maintain a strong
awareness of and emphasis on mental health and wellness at
LASA has one College Counselor who works closely with students
during the college application process. Additionally, LASA has
formed an excellent system to assist students with college
letters of recommendation and and support college application
Who are the AISD Board of Trustees?
The Austin Independent School District (AISD) Board of Trustees
are the district's elected leaders who represent community
expectations of AISD as they chart the direction of educational
programs and services in the district. Trustees employ the
superintendent, approve the budget and monitor expenditures, set
the tax rate, and may call for a bond or tax rate election. The
board also establishes policies for operating the district and
ensuring its financial viability. More information regarding the
trustees is located at the AISD website.