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University Lab School Named One of America’s Top 1,000 High Schools

06/20/2012 12:14 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU University Laboratory School, or Lab School, has been honored as one of the top public high schools in the country by a national outlet, as ranked by Newsweek magazine. The Lab School came in at 377 out of the 1,000 schools on Newsweek’s list of the Top High Schools in America.


The list is based on six components provided by school administrators: graduation rate, college matriculation rate, Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/Advanced International Certificate of Education tests taken per student, the average student scores on those tests, average SAT/ACT scores and Advanced Placement courses offered per student. In recent years, the school has ranked in the top 10 percent worldwide in International Baccalaureate exam passage rate.


In addition to this honor, the school earned a ranking of “highly functional” for grades K-12 during its AdvancED reaccreditation visit in the past school year, placing it in the top three percent of schools accredited by the organization. It also received an “A” on the annual School Report Card from the Louisiana Department of Education.


“We are pleased to be recognized for our efforts to create a quality educational opportunity for our students,” said Wade Smith, superintendent of the Lab School. “The Newsweek rankings, as well as the AdvancEd evaluation, provide validation that we are succeeding.”


The LSU Laboratory School serves more than 1,300 K-12 students and operates through the LSU College of Education as an independent school system and an educational research center.  


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Effective July 1, LSU’s new College of Human Sciences and Education will consist of six schools:  the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School.

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