LSMSA students earn top composite ACT score
The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts has once again achieved the highest composite ACT score in the school’s history with an average 29.8 for the 2019-2020 year versus a 29.6 from 2018-2019. The previous records were set by the Class of 2019, 2015, and tied by the classes of 2016 and 2018.
A perfect score is 36. The Louisiana School was among the top 10 schools with composite scores over 25 out of the 346 schools in the state. Louisiana's Class of 2020 earned an average ACT Composite score of 18.7. That's based on the Louisiana Department of Education's annual release of ACT data for the 2020 high school graduating class.
“We’re proud of this accomplishment,” said Executive Director Dr. Steve Horton. “These scores represent our students’ hard work and determination and our dedicated faculty’s preparation and instruction.”
LSMSA offers a rigorous and nurturing learning environment that provide college-level instruction from highly qualified professors. More than 74% of LSMSA’s faculty hold a PhD, MFA, or equivalent terminal degree, and they use their studies, research and field experience to impart a knowledge to LSMSA students they won’t find anywhere else.
LSMSA holds articulation agreements with each school in the University of Louisiana system, which award up to 74 hours of college credit for courses taken at LSMSA. This provides a unique opportunity for LSMSA graduates to begin their college careers with an advantage over their peers.
Louisiana calculates its ACT data using the "best score" calculation used by colleges and for school letter grades. ACT calculates Louisiana's average score for all public and private school students anticipating graduation that year using a student's "most recent score.”
"Our Louisiana students are as talented as any across the country," said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley. "When students score higher, they open additional doors of opportunities for themselves and their families.”
Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) is the preeminent state-supported residential high school with competitive admissions for Louisiana's high-achieving, highly-motivated sophomores, juniors, and seniors. As a public school, there is no tuition to attend, and assistance from the LSMSA Foundation ensures the program is available to all qualifying students regardless of family financial need.