Award Year: 2020

Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts

715 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA, 71457-3997

(318) 357-2500

Dr. Kristi Pope Key, Principal at time of Nomination

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LSMSA is a residential high school that offers competitive admissions for highly-motivated students and fosters lifelong growth through the exchange of ideas in a rigorous community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 11%
  • White: 67%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 10%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 6%
Front entry of LSMSA, students working and in transit

Front entry of LSMSA, students working and in transit

Often ranked by The Washington Post as one of the top public elite high schools in the nation, the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) offers Louisiana's best and brightest high-school students a world-class education in a unique, residential environment. The accelerated curriculum, taught by a university credentialed faculty, includes traditional college-level courses as well as specialized electives and opportunities for independent study and research. Eleven universities and colleges throughout the South recognize LSMSA earned credit through articulation agreements. While living on the campus, located in historic Natchitoches, Louisiana, LSMSA students develop not just academic and scholarly skills, but life-long connections as members of our campus community. When students arrive at LSMSA, they bring with them diverse experiences, interests and talents. LSMSA helps students learn to live together in a diverse environment while emphasizing the importance of individual responsibility and choices. Our students develop leadership skills by joining student organizations, strengthen academic skills by attending time management workshops, and deepen their commitment to serving others by volunteering throughout our local community. Since the first commencement in 1985, more than 5,000 graduates have been prepared for success in college and in their personal lives, ultimately taking positions of leadership and service in a variety of careers throughout Louisiana, the nation, and the world.