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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. See the LASA website for more information about buses.
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.
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 night.
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. 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 essays.
Yes, students with 504 accommodations or learning disabilities can attend LASA. Contact the LASA office for further information.
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.
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.