Reunify LBJ and LASA
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(Pictured above: Non-Academy and Academy students in PALS class together, c. 1999)
We, the alumni of Lyndon B. Johnson High School, are calling for the reunification and reintegration of what is now LBJ Early College High School and the Liberal Arts & Science Academy (LASA).
We are graduates of both the Science Academy and the comprehensive education programs from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. We are proof that the embedded magnet program, in its original format, was successful and should be reinstated as soon as possible.
The embedded format benefited both Academy and non-Academy students by providing one of the best academic and social educations in the state of Texas and in the nation.
The Embedded Magnet Program...
- Integrated all students in academic and extracurricular programs and activities
- Allowed for all students to learn with and from each other
- Provided a space for cultural exchange and engagement
- Brought communities together, and, literally, created families that spanned the entire school district
- Increased access to high-level academic courses, particularly in the STEM subject areas, to students who may not otherwise have had access to these courses (i.e., neighborhood students were permitted to take any and all Academy classes)
The Separated Schools Format...
- Unfairly and unnecessarily withholds the additional resources pouring into the Academy from neighborhood, non-Academy students
- Physically separates the students destroying invaluable social education opportunities
- Sends a message to neighborhood students that they are "lower than" LASA students by relegating them to the building's lower floor
- Has resulted in the loss of school clubs and school-wide cultural events, which were once at the center of the camaraderie between ALL students
We are proof that the true value of the magnet program structure lies within the embedded program format where all students are members of one unified school.
We ask the AISD Board of Trustees to:
- Keep LASA on the campus of LBJ.
- Reunify the schools and integrate the LASA program into LBJ, as it once was.
- Assemble an Advisory Board of former LBJ and Science Academy parents, alumni, and teachers who can speak to the successes and challenges of the magnet program and advise on the way forward.
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