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Bossier Schools’ latest school and district performance scores earned it the distinction of being named among the Top 15 highest-ranking school districts in the state by the Louisiana Department of Education.

The Bossier City-Shreveport area is served by two public school systems: Bossier and Caddo Parish Schools. The majority of public school students in Bossier attend Bossier Parish Schools. Within the Bossier City-Shreveport area, over 20 private and parochial schools supplement the public school systems, offering a wide selection of schooling options to both students and parents. In 2011, Bossier Parish welcomed its first private school, Providence Classical Academy.

Bossier Parish Schools prides itself on offering every child a full array of learning opportunities, from honors and advanced placement classes to dual enrollment courses, robotics and enhanced enrichment at their neighborhood schools. A strong emphasis is also placed on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) at each of its schools and a multitude of competitive opportunities exist in partnership with the Cyber Innovation Center’s National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC).

Thanks to support from voters, Bossier Schools is in the midst of a $210 million building program. Kingston Elementary, which serves K-5 students, opened in fall 2015. Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning also opened its doors, enabling high school juniors and seniors to explore various career and technical education courses. Supplemented by superior technology, students receive dual-enrollment credits and industry certifications, giving them an advantage in college and the workforce. A sampling of courses offered include law studies, graphic arts, welding, automotive, television production, culinary arts and sports medicine.

Other new schools and improvements are planned as well over the course of the 10-year building program to accommodate the spatial needs of the fastest-growing school district in north Louisiana. A new Haughton Middle School is under construction and Airline High School is currently being expanded to accommodate a growing student population.

Over the last decade, the Bossier Parish School district has seen continual spikes in enrollment. In 2012, there were 21,242 students attending Bossier public schools; in 2014, that number grew to more than 22,200. In 2015-16, it surpassed 22,600.

For military families moving to Bossier, a Military Student Transition Consultant is embedded in Bossier Schools, specifically to assist these students and their families with both school and deployment-related concerns.

Bossier Schools is honored to be chosen as the recipient of the Military Child Educational Coalition’s 2014 Pete Taylor Award for Exemplary Partnerships and to receive a $1 million DoDEA grant in 2015 to further expand programs addressing students’ social and emotional well-being.

The district also offers high school students a number of advanced placement courses, thanks to another DoDEA-funded grant.

A unique and innovative partnership has formed among Bossier Parish Schools, the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC), academic institutions, government and industry. This partnership has produced dynamic education programs in the fields of cyber and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These programs help prepare students for academic and career pathways in the 21st century.

The Cyber Innovation Center, a not-for-profit corporation located in the National Cyber Research Park in Bossier City, serves as catalyst for the development and expansion of an academic outreach and workforce development program throughout the region. The program includes both formal and informal, traditional and non-traditional approaches to education. For example, the CIC has developed new, innovative, project-driven curricula for the classroom. The CIC also hosts competitions for students in grades 3-12 throughout the school year and camps during the summer.

As an education partner, along with Louisiana Tech University and Bossier Parish Community College, Bossier Parish Schools’ administrators and teachers take an active role in developing the programs with the CIC. Teachers and students in Bossier Parish then have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to participate in these programs as they are integrated into the local schools. Professional development for K-12 teachers is at the core of these efforts while students are engaged in cyber and STEM challenges in the classroom and through extracurricular activities.

The academic outreach and workforce development programs created through the CIC and piloted by Bossier Parish Schools have garnered national recognition. Due to the program’s demonstrated success, the Department of Homeland Security awarded the CIC a $300,000 grant in 2011 to develop a project management plan and to fund next year’s Cyber Discovery Camp at Louisiana Tech University. This project management plan provides an outline of how the CIC would roll out its Cyber Discovery Model nationwide. In 2012, the CIC rolled out a national Cyber Discovery.

The Bossier Parish School system is pleased to be a part of these progressive programs that have attracted national attention. By being a key partner in these efforts, Bossier Parish is establishing itself as a model for other school districts in the state and in the nation.

As students graduate from Bossier Parish Schools, they have several post-secondary schools from which to choose that are located within an hour’s commute of Bossier City. They include Bossier Parish Community College, Centenary College of Louisiana, Grambling State University, Louisiana State University-Shreveport, Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana Technical Center, Northwestern State University, Remington College-Shreveport, Southern Arkansas University and Southern University at Shreveport. These local universities and colleges in the community offer a wide variety of programs for undergraduate and graduate study.

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