Award Year: 2022

LSU Laboratory School

45 Dalrymple Drive
Baton Rouge, LA, 70803-0501

(225) 578-3221

Mr. Frank Rusciano Jr., Principal at time of Nomination

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The University Laboratory School community aspires towards total effort in every endeavor for maximum student achievement through the development, implementation, and demonstration of exemplary programs and instructional practices. Values: The LSU Laboratory School values opportunities for all students and community members to continue to grow and learn through the implementation of exemplary, research-based teaching practices; provision of a safe environment that promotes teaching and learning; provision of a rigorous curriculum rich in the liberal arts and sciences; and promotion of a diverse community of learners and teaching professionals.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 10%
  • White: 82%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Senior Class Gathering

Senior Class Gathering

Founded by the Louisiana State University (LSU) College of Education as a demonstration school in 1915, the LSU Laboratory School (Lab School) models exemplary standards in an effective teaching and learning environment. Now under the auspices of the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, the Lab School provides an environment conducive to academic research, professional development, and outreach to other school systems and pre-service teachers.

We strive toward "total effort in every endeavor" by providing a safe environment that promotes teaching and learning; developing and implementing exemplary research-based teaching practices; providing a rigorous curriculum rich in the liberal arts and sciences; and promoting a community of learners and teaching professionals. We serve kindergarten through twelfth grade students on our campus, which remains a part of LSU's main campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

We are a college-preparatory school and offer high school students the opportunity to participate in rigorous programs such as Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment (DE), and International Baccalaureate (IB). Through these programs, students may begin building college transcripts, and they may earn advanced credit for college courses. Our students graduate with an average of 18 hours of college credit. Our average ACT score is 25.4, and our IB students average 31 on the assessment.

Our success is due in part to our faculty and administration who hold advanced and terminal degrees. Thirty one percent of our faculty is National Board certified. Our faculty has received local and national awards and honors, including Louisiana Teachers of the Year, the Presidential Teaching Award in Math and Science, and the Milken Educator Award.

Our students come to us from diverse family and economic backgrounds through a selective admissions process.