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Our Impact

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Our Mission

Consistently ranked as one of our nation’s and state’s best public high schools, the Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) upholds standards of academic excellence, rigor and innovation of which we can be proud.

As a magnet school, LASA offers exceptional advanced classes and programs, many of which are unique. However, the district does not provide special funding or extra resources to support the magnet environment. With your support, Parents and Friends of LASA (PFLASA) helps to make up the difference. Big or small – whether it’s a DVD for the physiology class, electric hand drills for Sci-Tech, an octopad percussion pad for the theatre department, or helping defray the costs of AP exams – PFLASA’s contributions help ensure LASA can provide a world-class high school curriculum to our students.

PFLASA is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that operates as a resource to teachers, parents, guardians, and students at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy by organizing events to build a sense of school community, providing various means for LASA to communicate to parents, guardians and students, and to raise needed funds for:

  • classroom materials
  • teacher and staff professional development
  • books
  • educational and community events
  • equipment and resources that enhance students’ education



Thanks to all of you for a successful donation drive! Your generosity has enabled LASA students to have access to improved technology.

As a result of our successful donation drive, PFLASA was able to assist the school in purchasing 510 new Chromebooks and 10 new computer carts.  The district’s original goal was for all campuses to be at a 3 to 1 student to portable computer ratio, but because of your generosity we were able to add enough computers to what we would have received through the bond money to be at a 2 to 1 ratio. Additional money donated after the mobile computer purchase through March will be used to purchase new computers for the computer lab in the dungeon where computer science and robotics classes are held. Money raised beyond March through the end of our fiscal year will be used for further technology purposes.




PFLASA helps purchase books for English and Contemporary Literature courses, including the Lamott’s Bird by Bird, Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Shakespeare’s  Hamlet, Camus’ The Stranger, Lamott’s Bird by Bird, O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, Mosley’s The Man in My Basement, Franzen’s The Twenty-Seventh City, DeLillo’s White Noise, Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, Proulx’ Accordian Crimes and more.

NCSSS and more

PFLASA helps send LASA teachers to attend national conferences that focus on their specific areas of teaching and address the needs of advanced students.  One such conference is the National Consortium of Secondary STEM School Conference (NCSSS) which provides a forum for specialized secondary schools focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to exchange information and program ideas. PFLASA has also helped send teachers to the South by Southwest Education Conference (SXSWedu), Percussive Arts Society Conference, the Teaching Contemporary Mathematics Conference, and more!

LASA – A School with Heart!

PFLASA works with LASA to help build a welcoming atmosphere and strives to be a source of school information for parents, students and teachers. Besides raising funds for classroom materials, professional development for teachers, books, educational and community events, and equipment and other resources that enhance our students’ education, we host multiple social events that make LASA a school with heart:

  • Host a Welcome Back to School luncheon for teachers and staff.
  • Provide hosts for the New Teacher Tour when teachers travel the city far and wide via school bus to learn about LASA students and parents.
  • Organize a speaker series addressing issues pertinent to teens and parents, relating to high school.
  • Assist students with class socials, typically held over the lunch hour.
  • Assist the school with the LASA Showcase and provide dinner for teachers.
  • Assist the school with incoming student choice sheet days.
  • Host “Welcome to LASA” events for incoming parents
  • Coffeehouse, LASA’s student springtime talent show for students, families, teachers, and alumni.
  • Host Senior Salute, our end-of-the-year, off-campus event to send off the seniors in style.
  • Assist PTSA with Project Graduation, an all-night party at the YMCA for seniors the night of graduation.

Please volunteer and participate when you can. We look forward to meeting you, hearing your ideas, taking advantage of your talents, and working with you!


PFLASA Meetings

2015-16 PFLASA Meetings

Please join us! Throughout the school year we meet on the first and third Friday mornings of the month in the LASA/LBJ library, and hold one evening meeting per semester. We’d love to meet you and take advantage of all your talents. Besides discussing on-going activities, Principal Crescenzi typically provides us with LASA updates.

8:15 am in the LASA/LBJ library conference room (unless noted otherwise)

  • No more meetings are scheduled for the 2015-16 school year. Thanks to all for attending and contributing your time and talents.
  • 2016-17 Meetings to be determined!