Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts Foundation Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   22 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education

Location: 715 University Pkwy Natchitoches LA 71457 USA

Mission: The Foundation is the non-profit corporation that functions as LSMSA’s endowment.  LSMSA is a public, residential high school that was ranked by Newsweek magazine as one of the nation’s 21 Elite Public Schools.  The Foundation exists to do things the school itself cannot do for lack of funds or because the school’s spending is limited by legal restrictions on the use of state dollars.
Geographic areas served: Serving Students from the State of Louisiana

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

LSMSA was the best decision I ever made in my life. I came from a small town, small school, where my perfect scores and mastery of standardized testing bored me to tears. LSMSA gave me an environment filled with new expectations, new challenges, and healthy intellectual competition. Also, the classes taken at LSMSA can be articulated into college courses, so not only does it prepare you for college life, it can give you a head start on your college education! LSMSA also gives you a new family, people you will be close to for a lifetime. It builds connections, because it's an instant friendship if you run into any other alumni from the school.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

graduating and receiving college credit.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide more funding.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

everything. To make me choose only one thing is just cruel.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very open and giving. It is a very friendly community of intellectuals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world in a more emphatic way. They are already changing the world slowly, student by student.

Ways to make it better...

we could have had more funding.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I hate to sound redundant, but it's the budget cuts. If educational funding gets cut back again, then special projects are out. Special projects is a very important part of LSMSA, and shouldn't be lost!

One thing I'd also say is that...

LSMSA is the best!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-5-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I attended LSMSA and it changed my life. It may sound dramatic...it is! Though I, unlike some of my classmates, had attended a private school all of my life, including the first 2 years of high school, LSMSA opened up a new world for me. I was able to truly learn how to study, how to be independent, to develop my talents and intellect. When an individual is surrounded by other individuals who strive to be their best on a daily basis, it stands to reason that that individual will raise the bar for themselves, thus creating a highly motivated and successful environment in which to strive. LSMSA provides THAT kind of an environment. The faculty and staff are a group of the most accomlished educators and they work hard to ensure the success of those students who wish to be successful. Because I was often considered an outsider/"teacher's pet" in the schools I had attended prior to LSMSA because of the fact that I was a student who did well, I thrived at LSMSA because I was surrounded by some of the most brilliant students in the state of Louisiana. It actually felt GREAT to no longer be on top and to have to WORK to get there. There are so many criteria that must be met to be eligible to attend LSMSA and so many programs offered at the school to hone students' abilities - both intellectually and creatively - it is a hidden treasure. LSMSA deserves every dollar of support and, in my opinion, a TON more, to continue this legacy of turning out some of the most intelligent, most talented, and well-rounded students in the state of Louisiana who then bring those talents elsewhere in the state and the world. The only thing that could possibly make LSMSA better is additional funding to allow the school to offer even more specialized programs and attract even more faculty talent.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my career and in my continued support of the arts in my life and in the communities in which I have lived since being a student at LSMSA.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

suggest that there are better boarding facilities.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunities for growth and learning and the lasting relationships that were created in my brief tenure as a student at LSMSA and continue to this day.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

some of the most amzingly gifted people who always had my success and best interests at heart.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve even more students who just need that chance, need encouragement to be their highest and best!

Ways to make it better...

there were additional funds to provide even more diverse programs both in the curriculum and in the outside learning opportunities provided.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding. I know that many students, alumni, and faculty members worked very hard to work with the state government to avoid the maximum tax cuts which would have been applied to this amazing school.

One thing I'd also say is that...

LSMSA helped make me a better person in many ways.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

La. School was one of the best descisions I ever made. I am from a small town where girls were meant to marry young, stay primped and keep track of a pack of kids. At La. School I was given the opportunity to not only pursue math and science, but to immerse myself in the joys of art, music and theatre. Louisiana is a very old fashioned state and the La. School gives its students the chance to bloom and be ready for the world.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

touch the lives of so many more youths. Youths that typically have a dream that they don't think is possible. But at La. School they are.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts is a wonderful school that nurtures creativity. I had a wonderful and beneficial two year experience at LSMSA and only wish it was a four year program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

2003-2005.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the staff.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the great education provided.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

generous and helpful. The staff at LSMSA were always there for you.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make the world a better place by expanding.

Ways to make it better...

the school would have had more funding.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the educational cut backs going on in the state.

One thing I'd also say is that...

LSMSA has a very special place in my heart.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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I am a donor and alum of LSMSA. They are truly a one-of-a-kind school in our nation. If only there were more schools like this one. LSMSA fosters not only a high level of creativity, but they also nurture those students who have a strong proclivity for math and science. It is an extremely well-rounded school and challenges the best and the brightest to go as far as their aspirations may take them. If students complete all levels of a certain subject matter, they are allowed to take college courses at the neighboring NSU campus. The faculty is very involved with helping students in reaching their academic and creative goals. I remember the evening tutoring sessions available to all students. I was an actress at LSMSA. I got to perform as the leading role in several productions as well as sing and dance in the jazz ensemble. LSMSA helped me get theatre scholarships to college and today, I am a director in San Francisco, directing plays. Please fund LSMSA. The students there will be your future. When I went back for my 20th reunion, folks came from as far away as England to attend!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I was able to get a lot of theatre experience doing shows at LSMSA.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer even more bright students the possibility to attend and it could build better dorms.

Ways to make it better...

I had the facilities that they have today! I am so envious.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding, funding, funding!

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

LSMSA is a gem! The foundation provides INVALUABLE support to the best and brightest youth in the state of Louisiana. After graduation, wherever these students go, they bring a rare combination of creativity, rationality, and intelligence. As a student, LSMSA offered me a formal introduction to dance and I loved performing for the first time ever as part of the Spring Ensemble Concert. Also, the school helped me develop photography skills through dark-room access. Involvement in the media club and was one of the best opportunities I have ever had to be able to use the tools that are so necessary to be an artist. As an alumni, I frequently attend student art showcases and am constantly amazed at the high caliber of work that LSMSA students are able to produce. This is so not only because they are achievers themselves, but because they are given the guidance, nurturing, and tools that they need. LSMSA Foundation is a GREAT non-profit!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

artistic development

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

variety of opportunities

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderfully helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create a generation of leaders to make this world a much better place

Ways to make it better...

arts materials had been paid for

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

tight budgets rob students

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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I was able to take higher level arts classes than I would be able to in a traditional school environment. This school allowed me to discover my passion.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the artistic freedom the program gave me.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004-5-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Great school with great opportunities in both the arts and math/sciences. Because of the foundation LSMSA gave me, I completed my BS with multiple honors and am now almost done with my DVM.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

it giving me the foundation for a bright future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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5 people found this review helpful

All I can say is WOW!!!! Without LSMSA I don't know where I would have been. I was bored at my local school and needed that extra push that LSMSA provided. Plus, when I went to college, it was like I was a sophomore. The process of leaving home was laready two years behind me and I was able to focus on my matriculation. Again, WOW!! I am already planning my 4 and 2 year olds for an experience like it. I also have friends who are mother's of children ready for such a school and always provide them with the needed positive feedback to move forward with their decisions. Thanks MOM and DAD for letting me go. I'll never be able to repay them for that tough decision.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

MY LIFE.... I am a better decision maker and planner and am more organized than ever. I learned to be a disciplined person here. I wouldn't ahve changed my experience for the world...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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The Louisiana School caters to students pursuing every interest imaginable, from modern physics to sculpture. The unique atmosphere allows young academics to have a chance to further their knowledge in subjects that are VERY different from one another. At other high schools, a student interested in the arts and science would have to choose one or the other, but the Louisiana School allows us to continue with both. While I attended LSMSA, I was able to specialize in advanced biology courses while pursuing a love of black and white photography ( I got to work in a REAL photo lab, developing and printing my own works). No other place in the state would allow me to enjoy both. ANYONE wishing to have a quality education, whether you have narrowed your studies to a specific field or if you wish to sample many subjects, should consider the Louisiana School. It has been the most rewarding experience of my entire life.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to learn about more than one type of subject. I was able to continue learning biology while enriching my studies with quality art classes with knowledgeable professors.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

eager to help those who are struggling, inspiring to the average student, and more than willing to take advanced students to the next levels of their craft.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

develop more specialized programs in more fields of study to appeal to a larger group of students. The influx of money would go to enriching the academic careers of students by appealing to more interests with better supplies and more teachers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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