LaPREP group 2021

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: 

  • Logic
  • Algebraic Structures
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Problem Solving
  • Technical Writing
  • Engineering
  • 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
  • Basketball, pool, and other recreation 

LaPREP graduates are eligible to participate in LaPIXEL, a four-week summer program held on the campus of LSU Shreveport. LaPIXEL is a collaborative undertaking with the LSUS Digital Arts program. In LaPIXEL, students are taught the use of software to create visual effects that are used in lucrative fields such as advertising, cyber security programs, bio-imagery, and computer gaming. Participants use their newly acquired skills to create a playable video game from start to finish which is demonstrated in an end-of-program presentation for family and friends in the Noel Library at LSUS. 

LaPREP has also 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.

Program faculty includes college, high school, and middle school teachers. Undergraduate math and science majors serve as program assistants.

Cost and Schedule

LaPREP is provided without cost to the participants and their families, some of whom might otherwise be prevented from attending due to the expense. LaPREP also provides the following:

  • Free transportation to and from LSUS via SporTran bus passes
  • Free lunches in the University Center
  • Books and other materials needed for classes
  • Cost-free field trips

LaPREP 2022 Schedule:

  • May 31 - July 14
  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Classes will be cancelled on June 17 and July 4.
Eligibility Requirements

First Year Applicants

First year LaPREP applicants must have just completed the 6th or 7th grade, have an 80% or above grade point average, and have high LEAP or iLEAP scores. Applicants must submit an application packet that includes all of the following items:

  • Student Application Form*
  • A 75-125 word essay explaining why you desire to participate in LaPREP
  • Teacher Nomination Form* (to be filled out and signed by your math teacher and mailed/emailed separately)
  • Copy of your report card from the first and second nine weeks
  • Copy of your most recent LEAP or iLEAP scores

*Application materials will be available to download in February 2022.

Second Year Applicants

First year students who successfully completed LaPREP 2021 are eligible to return for a second summer session. Second year participants must submit a commitment packet that includes all of the following items:

  • Second Year Participant Commitment Form*
  • Medical Release Form*
  • Rules and Regulations Form* (sign and return the signed portion only)
  • LSU Shreveport Photography Release Form*

*Application materials will be available to download in February 2022.

Participant Requirements

Each student must:

  • Maintain a 70+ average in LaPREP course work
  • Abide by the rules set by LSUS and the program director
  • Attend all classes (absences due to vacations, camps, and other events will not be allowed) 

Absences, misconduct, or grade average below 70% may be grounds for dismissal from the program.

Those who take LaPREP seriously are easily able to meet these standards. LaPREP spends over $1,600 per student per summer to conduct the program, yet participants and their families pay no tuition or fees of any kind. Please submit your application only if you are serious in your intentions to participate fully.

Sponsors

Our sponsors play a significant role in the success of our work. Thank you to those who help make a difference in our community through LaPREP. 

  • AEP/SWEPCO
  • The Community Foundation of North Louisiana
  • Grayson Foundation
  • Dan Huff, Jr.
  • Katherine O’Neil
  • The Baton Rouge Area Foundation - Mr. Cary Saurage, III
  • Deidra Johnson
  • AARP State and National Group
  • Natasha Wilson Strassfeld
  • Joshua McKinsey
  • Rolanda Clark
  • Mr. & Mrs. L. D. Green
  • Mr. & Mrs. Willie Mosely
  • Judge Carl Stewart
  • Tenitra Rye
  • Caddo Parish School Board

 And a special thanks to former Senator Sherri Buffington whose help enabled us to expand LaPREP.