LSMSA to offer Online Academy to gifted students

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Natchitoches – Gifted/high potential students in the seventh, eighth and ninth grades are encouraged to enroll now for an innovative Online Academy offered by the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts Virtual School.

            “Student admission to the program is selective and students must meet at least two of the eligibility requirements to be admitted to the Online Academy,” said Leslie Elliottsmith, director of the LSMSA Virtual School.

            Courses will provide a rich educational experience for participating students. These courses are rigorous, filled with engaging lessons, manipulatives and activities to address a student’s deeper understanding of the course content.

            Available full-year courses include Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Spanish 1, French 1, Latin 1, Biology 1, Earth Science, Civics, World History and Fine Arts Survey.

Upon passing these courses, students will receive accelerated high school credit.

            Students will have the flexibility to complete course work within a prescribed course schedule, but at their chosen time frame each school day. As each student completes online activities, their progress will be assessed by the instructor and assistance provided to keep students on track toward their academic.

            “Virtual learning may not be face to face, but it does not mean the student is alone,” said Elliottsmith. “The instructor is the student’s guide, cheerleader and curriculum resource for the class.”

            To be eligible, students in grades seven, eight or nine must meet at least two of the following criteria: participation in a school gifted program; recommendation by a gifted and talented designated teacher; scores on national tests are in the 90th percentile; or recognized by Duke TIP or other noted program.

            For more information or to register for the Online Academy, visit, call 1-800-256-2854 or e-mail