21 Corporate Hill Drive
|School type||Public charter|
|NCES District ID||0500074|
|Authority||Arkansas Department of Education (ADE)|
|NCES School ID||050007401107|
|Teaching staff||10.09 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||260  (2013–14)|
|Student to teacher ratio||25.77|
|Classes offered||Regular, STEM, Career Focus, Advanced Placement|
|School color(s)||Red and white|
|Athletics conference||1A 5 North (2012–14)|
|Sports||Volleyball, golf, basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball (starting in 2014-15), Fencing (starting in 2014-2015)|
|Team name||LISA Academy Penguins|
|Rival||LISA Academy North Penguins;|
Academics Plus Falcons
|USNWR ranking||Unranked (2012)|
|National ranking||2013: No. 1 (AR),|
2013: No. 172 (USA)
|Affiliation||Arkansas Activities Association|
LISA Academy is an open-enrollment public charter high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. Formed in 2004, LISA or Little Scholars of Arkansas serves more than 2200 students in grades K through 12. In 2008, LISA Academy opened a second campus known as LISA Academy North.
As a public charter school, LISA Academy exceeds the requirements of the Smart Core curriculum developed the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), which requires students to complete 22 credit units before graduation. Students engage in regular and Advanced Placement (AP) coursework and exams, preparatory courses in ACT/SAT testing, leadership workshops, and partnerships with local colleges and universities.
LISA Academy has partnered with the University of Central Arkansas, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas at Monticello to offer twelve concurrent credit courses in math, English, history and music.
As of 2013[update] the LISA Academy is the highest ranked school in the state with a national ranking of No. 172 based on the Challenge Index presented by the Washington Post by receiving an index score of 4.432, which is the number of collegiate tests (e.g., Advanced Placement exams for college credit) taken in 2012 divided by the number of students. In 2011 and 2012, LISA received a national ranking of No. 335 and No. 393 with index scores of 2.923 and 3.207, respectively.
The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), a department of ACT, Inc., recognized LISA Academy High School as a 2012 NCEA Higher Performing School. LISA Academy High received Higher Performing (HP) recognition in area of Literacy.
Clubs and traditions
LISA Academy students participate in a variety of clubs and organizations including Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Lego Robotics, National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl, mathcounts, math kangaroo in USA, TSA Teams, Science Olympiad, and Student Council.
The LISA Academy Jaguars participate in various interscholastic activities in the 1A 5 North Conference administered by the Arkansas Activities Association. The Penguins compete in volleyball, golf (boys/girls), basketball (boys/girls), tennis (boys/girls), soccer (boys/girls), Fencing (starting in 2014-2015 school year), and softball (starting in 2014-2015 school year).
- "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Lisa Academy Charter". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
- "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Lisa Academy High". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
- "LISA Academy, The Challenge Index". Washington Post. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
- "School Profile, LISA Academy". Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved April 19, 2013.