A word from the founder...
Imagine the search for a school as an equation. As you look, add up the strengths of each school: academics + philosophy + quality of teachers + campus facilities + school values…the variables go on and on. Find the balance that is right for your family, and you have given your children a gift that prepares them for life.
One of the most important decisions you'll ever make is where to enroll your child for quality learning. As you do your research and evaluate your options I hope you will consider Lake Travis STEM Academy.
Our challenging academic curriculum in a caring and character building environment turns out well-informed, well-prepared students who have a decided advantage as they face the increasing challenges of middle school, high school and college.
I encourage you to peruse through our website and it is my hope that our mission, philosophy and methodology will encourage you to start the process to enroll your child(ren) into Lake Travis STEM Academy.
We are an accredited, private K-12 STEM Academy built on experiential learning models...
We combine experiential learning with STEM integration. Our mission is to inspire our students and create authentic curriculum to provide a balanced learning environment, nurturing children’s natural curiosity about their world with student-centered experiences.
We believe in small class sizes to maximize differential instruction and to accommodate a variety of learning styles. We believe in spending less time in traditional classroom mode and more time on experiential education, both in and out of the school setting. Our curriculum is STEM centered (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and emphasizes inquiry-based learning, problem solving, and the development of 21st century skills. We integrate STEM in all of our regular classes, including Humanities! LTSA is a part of the Xsci Research Learning Collaborative based out of the University of Colorado, Boulder (it is important to note that Colorado currently leads the pace in STEM education across the United States)
We are a fully integrated STEM school...
STEM is incorporated into all the subject areas we offer (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literacy, Social studies, Art, History, Foreign Languages, and Physical Education, plus elective courses). Teachers provide students with many opportunities that meet or challenge their individual abilities. Below is information that further explains the curriculum.
Our unique methodology...
The goal of fully integrating STEM curriculum in all core subjects, is to have students learn and master critical skills which will in turn be applied in higher thinking levels through interdisciplinary projects and programs - PBL Based academics. Our methodology consists of actions at the core of every subject and discipline taught at LTSA:
We foster and promote 21st Century Skills; Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity (also known as the 4Cs, P21)
We provide Project Based Learning and Problem Based Learning (PBL)
We apply Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to real-world challenges
Our students learn by doing, making, and experiencing - field and research experiences
Our small student/teacher ratios ensure individualized learning.
We cultivate high academic and behavioral standards
- We partner with world-class businesses, industries and Higher Education Programs (Universities, Research Collabortives)
We strive to inspire a love for learning
Meet the Lake Travis STEM Academy Staff
KORI McLAIN | Founder and Executive Director of Lake Travis STEM Academy
Prior to launching LTSA, Ms. McLain’s was in the commercial design business and excelled as an award-winning designer and project manager. In an entrepreneurial move, she and a couple of friends started a Design company which still exists today. Because of her background and experience in commercial design, Kori has been able to bring a business acumen and a business sensibility to LTSA which has been her goal...
ERIC BENNETT | Middle School Math, Technology and Physical Education Instructor
Mr. Bennett is a role model to his students, even when they don’t see it. Mr. Bennett is an achiever, a learner. He has been a Math teacher for over seven years at various schools. Eric is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine... read on...
CHRISTINA CARPENTER | Spanish Teacher & STEAM elective Instructor
A product of a culturally-diverse family, Christina Carpenter is a gifted linguist who has lived and worked abroad for much of her life. Christina brings her love of language and other cultures to bear in her work as a Spanish teacher for Lake Travis STEM Academy students. Her many experiences have added to her teaching knowledge base making her classes very interesting to her students... read on...
BARBARA RYAN-PLAKE | Middle School Science, English and Fine Arts Instructor
Barbara loves teaching and has lots of experience in doing just that. Her priority in teaching students is getting to know them, not just their names but who they are as kids, students and people.
She makes a point of finding out the type of learner each student is-- auditory, visual, tactile or experiential and differentiates accordingly in her lesson plans. “One size fits all” is not her way of teaching...
SAMANTHA FRENCH | Lead Elementary Teacher, K-5 & Dyslexia Therapist
Samantha has always been passionate about making learning fun and turning every lesson into a multi-sensory experience.
Her favorite part about teaching is finding ways to make students excited to come to school every single day and watch their progress throughout the year...
PAM KNAB | High School Biology and Project Integration Educator
Pam Knab brings both experience and excitement to the classroom. Her goal is to encourage young people to explore the world around them and beyond in an inquiry-based setting.
Ms. Knab comes to LTSA from the Round Rock Independent School District, where she taught sixth grade science at Ridgeview Middle School and was the teacher facilitator for the University of Texas Center for Space Research High School Summer Intern Program, formerly NASA ROSES...
Fees & Tuition
"My husband and I have a combined 20+ years of classroom teaching in the public education system. As such, we have experienced first-hand the challenges and pitfalls of a highly political, public institution created and modeled after the 19th century factory system. Its archaic structure inherently values quantity over quality; breadth over depth; assessment over comprehension ...
...LTSA under the guidance and leadership of Ms. McLain has accomplished in two years what most schools have failed to do over decades: create a progressive educational institution which considers individuality and provides wholistic, comprehensive instruction via quality hands-on learning experiences in a smaller setting. Its unique schedule recognizes that family involvement in education is key to a child’s success and that with more time on learning and less time transitioning, what takes public schools 35+ hours to complete can be accomplished much more efficiently in less than 20."
Dawnmarie P. & Kenneth B.
"Lake Travis Stem Academy is a great fit for our family. Our children are encouraged to explore science, and to present what they’ve learned to their classmates. Through well planned unit studies, or hubs, our children have learned a great deal about the world around them. For example, while learning about rocks, minerals and soil erosion, they were working on projects to model the layers of the earth, experimenting with erosion, reading Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth, touring caves and aquifers, and preparing presentations to share with their class on what they had learned..."
"...My children love their teachers and classmates. They can’t wait to get to school! After school, they are anxious to fill me in on what they’ve learned that day. It’s easy to see that the teachers are doing what they love and the children sense this every day."
Tonya & Ross S.
"What makes LTSA so innovative is its combination of experiential learning with STEM integration across all subjects. The LTSA model is research-based and includes powerful project-based learning strategies with the narrative construction of knowledge (heavy on reflective learning) and the opportunities for students and staff to grow together through authentic exploration. That’s what learning is all about!"
Bradley McLain, Ph.D
Co-Director of Xsci
Center For STEM Learning,
University of Colorado, Boulder
"Thank you so much for visiting Cisco today. Your group really kept us on our toes, they are one sharp bunch! All of my Cisco, TACC (Dawn and Je'aime), and Rapid7 (Aaron) volunteers enjoyed the conversations and questions your students had."
"...I loved each group; they are well ahead of other students in their age groups and even many adults"...
"if they presented to a group of adult entrepreneurs, we could all completely relate, but most importantly learn."
Co-Founder of yomobi.com