LSMSA now accepting applications for 2016-17 school year

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

NATCHITOCHES – The application process is now officially open at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts – a state supported residential high school with competitive admissions for Louisiana’s high-achieving, highly motivated students.

     As a public school, there is no tuition and only a nominal room and board fee that can be reduced or waived.The school remains unique among the nation’s public residential schools in offering a core curriculum of study in math, science, the humanities and the creative and performing arts. The accelerated curriculum includes traditional college-level courses as well as specialized electives and opportunities for independent study and research.

     The early deadline for completed applications is Feb. 1, while the regular deadline is April 1. These are priority deadlines, meaning students that have completed all the parts of their application by these dates receive priority over students that have not completed the process. This does not mean the school stops accepting applications.

     A completed application includes the student’s portion (short answers); parental permission; two teacher recommendations (one from an English instructor and one from a math instructor); one counselor recommendation; a recent (within the last calendar year) Act or SAT score; and an official campus visit.

     Once all of these items have arrived in the admissions office, it usually takes two to three weeks for the administration to respond to students with a decision.

     If a student has not registered for the ACT, it is encouraged the he or she do so by the Dec. or Feb. test date.