Lawton Academy of Arts & Sciences, founded in 1999, serves the unique needs of intellectually, academically and creatively accelerated students. The primary mission of the school is to motivate students with a rigorous and accelerated scholastic curriculum that is complemented with substantive and meaningful enrichment opportunities. Our goal is to educate our students to become employers rather than employees. Currently there are 180 PK – 12th grade students (117 students in the elementary school and 63 in the secondary school). Admission to Lawton Academy is not limited to gifted students. However, students must pass benchmarks to continue at the school because of the increasing difficulty in the curriculum. Lawton Academy is accredited by North Central Association, Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI)/AdvancEd (now called Cognia) which is recognized for accreditation by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, and holds membership in the College Board. 67% of the secondary faculty hold master’s degrees or higher.
Located in the state’s fifth largest city and near Ft. Sill Army post, Lawton Academy of Arts & Sciences’ student body is culturally diverse, with a population that is 57% white, 14% African American, 9% Hispanic and 13% Asian. The student body includes military families (40%) and families associated with the local medical community (22%). Lawton Academy’s students come from Lawton and 10 surrounding towns.
Lawton Academy is accredited by Cognia/AdvancEd/North Central Accreditation Agency which is recognized for accreditation by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. You can read our full review by clicking the link below.
Lawton Academy of Arts & Sciences
CEEB Code: 372079
Accreditation: Cognia/AdvancEd/North Central Accreditation Agency
Main Office: 580-536-1900
1911 NW 72nd Street, Lawton, OK 73505
Superintendent & Elementary Principal: Kay F. Johnson
Chief Operating Officer & Secondary Principal: Michelle R. Smith
Business Manager: Jim Johnson
Chief Marketing Officer: Bria Saintcross
Chief Financial Officer: Tony Saintcross
Athletic Director: JT Smith
Lawton Academy uses the traditional ten-point scale (90 – 100 A, 80 – 89 B, etc) and a non-weighted GPA. Beginning with grade 9, all subjects, whether passed or failed are included in the computation of the cumulative GPA. A minimum of 24 credits is required for graduation, as well as 60 volunteer hours for those in the honor society (currently 60% of our secondary student body). Students are ranked according to their cumulative GPA.
Class of 2020
Lawton Academy of Arts & Sciences has had 42 graduates since our first graduating class of 2008. 74% of these have gone on to four-year colleges, 3% have joined the military, and 12% have gone to a technical school. Our students have been accepted to the following universities: The School of the Art Institute in Chicago (IL), Sweet Briar College (VA), DePaul University (IL), Franciscan University of Steubenville (OH), Agnes Scott College (GA), Mount Holyoke College (MA), Merrimack College (MA), Northwestern in Chicago (IL), and Washington University in St. Louis (MO), and in Oklahoma: Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma University, Murray State College, University of Central Oklahoma, Cameron University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and Marion Military Institute.
Lawton Academy 5-Year ACT Trends
Too few students take the ACT at LAAS each year for the College Board to average, so we’ve had to average the scores ourselves. We decided to add all students who took the ACT that year, whether it be seventh graders taking it for the Duke TIP or freshmen and sophomore seeking to get into Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics. If none of these are denoted, then only seniors took the ACT that year.