PSAT Day! Wishing the best of luck to everyone taking it today.

Some of you may have heard me tell this story at one of the welcome coffees or such. I always get asked “What is my favorite thing about LASA?” at those type of events. My answer is that I truly believe that the administration “gets my son and kids like him and I think he and they deserve it”.

My son’s freshman year (2 years ago), I heard Stacia talk about the upcoming PSAT. She talked about how at LASA all 9th, 10th and 11th graders take the 11th grade PSAT every year. Did you know there is a 9th grade PSAT and a 10th grade PSAT? I didn’t until that year. I asked why would the 9th and 10th graders take the 11th grade one? She said “Why not?” The 11th grade one is the only one that matters so the more the practice the better. I’m not big on standardized tests at all but when she explained it to me, she said there is big money associated with this test. This could be the difference in where kids go to college and how much their families have to pay. She said, of course she would do anything to with help. She even offers tutoring for those that are borderline after their 10th grade year. WHO DOES THAT FOR THEIR STUDENTS? LASA does.

Now, who do you think PAYS for these tests? Tests for all juniors, I *believe*, are paid for by the district. But 9th and 10th are optional so who pays for them? LASA does.

And now to the math…
# Current 11th graders: 343
# Current 10th graders: 340
# Current 9th graders: 353

PSAT cost is $16 (I think!) per student
(So, if my math is right $11,088 for 9/10th graders) $11K!!!!!

LASA Class of 2019 Numbers:
54 National Merit Commended Award
26 National Hispanic Recognition Program
32 National Merit Semi Finalist Award

LASA Class of 2018 Numbers:
89 National Merit Commended Award
21 National Hispanic Recognition Program
1 National Merit Semi Finalist Award
38 National Merit Finalists

The point being here… LASA cares and does things for all of us. They get our kids. They challenge them and they help them. With very little financial support. Please give whatever you can to help.

P.S. If you don’t know anything about National Merit, check it out. SOME colleges offer FREE RIDES for all 4 years to national merit finalists.

P.P.S. sorry for the long post…. I’m a little passionate about the fact that someone cares enough to do this for my kid and yours. I think that’s unusual.