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Ascension Parish is home to one of the most progressive and successful public school systems in the state of Louisiana. Overall school, teacher and student performance is among the top tier within the state. In addition, River Parishes Community College is located within the parish and provides the technical skills, training and education required to support the growing demand for qualified employees. A total of 15 colleges and universities are within a one-hour drive of Ascension Parish, including Louisiana State University and Southern University, both located in Baton Rouge.

ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans along the Mississippi River, Ascension Parish Public Schools meet the challenge of providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to prosper in an interactive, global society while not sacrificing the essential basic skills all students need. In order to fulfill the mission to provide each student the high-quality education necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world, the district has clearly identified what students should know and be able to do in order to be successful. The district’s innovative curriculum was designed around this knowledge. As a result, the school system is able to provide learning experiences that will enable all students to best adapt to evolving educational standards.

The Ascension Parish Public School System is accredited by the Louisiana Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). School report cards for all schools in the public school system can be found on the Louisiana Department of Education’s website, www.doe.state.la.us.

For more information about Ascension Parish Public Schools, contact the Ascension Parish School Board Office at 225.391.7000 or visit www.apsb.org.

PRIVATE & PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS

The parochial schools of Ascension Parish provide a rich educational experience for students. Established in 1845 and the oldest of the parochial schools, Ascension Catholic offers pre-K through grade 12. Ascension Catholic has small classes and new computer and science lab facilities to better serve students. For more information, visit www.ascensioncatholic.com or call 225.473.9227.

Ascension Christian High, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and approved by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, recently opened its newly renovated campus on the grounds of the former East Ascension Academy.

The campus sports a contemporary motif with a Christian ambiance. Top-quality technology and innovation provide 9th through 12th graders a totally unique Christian educational experience. Ascension Christian High supports the Louisiana TOPS Core Curriculum and has partnerships with area colleges for advanced curriculum opportunities. For more information, contact Principal Mark Pellegrin at 225.622.2800 or visit www.ACHSlions.com.

Other private and parochial schools include Ascension Christian Academy and Child Development Center (pre-K through grade 8), Faith Academy and Early Learning Center (pre-K through grade 9) and St. Theresa of Avila Catholic School (pre-K through grade 8). Contact the individual schools or visit the Louisiana State Department of Education’s website at www.doe.state.la.us for more information.

HIGHER EDUCATION

River Parishes Community College
River Parishes Community College (RPCC), founded in 1997, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The college serves the higher education needs of citizens living in Ascension and surrounding parishes. In addition to offering associate’s degrees, RPCC provides general education courses for students who plan to transfer to a senior college or university. The college also offers continuing education opportunities and partners with local businesses and industries to provide employee training.

RPCC is dedicated to excellence in education and is proud of its recent membership in the National Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of the Two-Year College, which was established in 1918 to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of students in two-year colleges.

RPCC is located less than a half mile from I-10 on John LeBlanc Boulevard (Hwy 22) in Sorrento. The Acadian-style campus is enhanced by the presence of Bayou Conway and the former Jacob-Nassar home, which is more than 120 years old and serves as the administrative and faculty offices. For additional information about the opportunities at RPCC, call 225.675.8270 or visit www.rpcc.edu.

RPCC Technical Education Center
The RPCC Tech, located at 9697 Airline Hwy in Sorrento, has several programs in place to support local industry. With input from industries, the Petrochemical Technology Program (PTEC) was designed to develop a workforce with skills in welding and processing technology. In preparation for work in this industry, junior and senior high school students are trained with this hands-on program while completing studies at area schools. Associate degrees, certificates and diplomas in industrial instrumentation technology, automotive technology, welding, process technology and several other programs are offered through this campus. For more information, call 225.675.5397 or visit www.rpcc.edu.

LIBRARIES

Ascension Parish Library

The Ascension Parish Library (APL) has many resources and services to enrich, educate, inform and entertain its patrons. The library has served parish residents for 50 years and has four branches located in Donaldsonville, Galvez, Gonzales and Dutchtown.

The library offers a host of services that appeal to children and adults. Among the most popular are the summer reading program, computer workshops, business programs, a film series and the conversational Spanish Club.

For more information on the programs offered, visit the library’s website at www.myapl.org or call 225.647.3955.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Primary Schools
Central Primary
Donaldsonville Primary
Duplessis Primary
Dutchtown Primary
G.W. Carver Primary
Galvez Primary
Gonzales Primary
Lake Elementary
Lakeside Primary
Lowery Elementary
Oak Grove Primary
Pecan Grove Primary
Prairieville Primary
St. Amant Primary
Sorrento Primary
Spanish Lake Primary

Middle Schools
Central Middle
Dutchtown Middle
Galvez Middle
Gonzales Middle
Lake Elementary
Lowery Middle
Prairieville Middle
St. Amant Middle

High Schools
Donaldsonville High
Dutchtown High
East Ascension High
St. Amant High

PUBLIC SCHOOL FACTS
Enrollment — 20,163

Student to Teacher Ratio
Grades K-3 — 20:1
Grades 4-12 — 25:1

28 Total Schools
• (15) Primary/Elementary Schools
• K-8 Elementary Schools
• (7) Middle/Intermediate Schools
• (4) High Schools
• Alternative School

Student to Computer Ratio — 2:1
Wireless Laptops & Interactive White Boards

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