LaPREP is a two-summer enrichment program which identifies, encourages, and instructs competent middle and early high school students, preparing them to complete a college degree program in math, science, or engineering. With emphasis on abstract reasoning, problem solving, and technical writing skills, participants attend seven weeks of intellectually demanding classes and seminars, interspersed with field trips and recreation. Class assignments, laboratory projects, and scheduled exams are integral parts of LaPREP.
The topics studied over two summer sessions include:
- Algebraic Structures
- Probability and Statistics
- Problem Solving
- Technical Writing
- ACT Preparation
- Financial Literacy
- Life Skills and Leadership Counseling
Students successfully completing two years of LaPREP are eligible to apply for LaPREP scholarships to attend LSUS as entering college freshmen.
Other features of LaPREP include:
- Field trips to local industries
- Visiting lecturers and minority speakers
- College and career awareness
- Swimming, basketball, ping pong, pool, and other recreation
LaPREP has established a link with the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport which allows LaPREP graduates to enter JUMPSTART, one of a series of medical research programs in the LSUHSC pipeline of programs that support and encourage students to pursue medical careers.
LaPREP also links with the Institute of Financial Literacy of the Louisiana Consortium of Insurance and Financial Services which brings together middle and high school teachers, members of the business sector, and LaPREP participants and staff to explore the topics of personal finance. This seminar, Financial Independence for Life, is a collaborative effort between LaPREP and the Consortium.