LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM
The Lafayette Parish School System, dedicated to college and career readiness, is comprised of 42 public schools: 23 elementary schools, 11 middle schools and five high schools, one STEM Magnet school, one Early College Academy, and one Preparatory school all accredited by the Louisiana Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. LPSS also has six “Schools of Choice,” six high school “academies,” World Language Immersion, gifted & talented, alternative programs, an arts academy, and an early childhood education center. The student population is more than 30,000 and employs a workforce of about 4,500. Furthering educational excellence, the high schools designated as academies create career-themed learning communities for students and encourage real-world experience through course work and internships.
Maintaining a performance letter grade of “B” since 2012 the school system continues to grow in student performance. At the end of the 2013-2014 school year, 74 percent of its schools received an “A”, “B”, or “C” letter grade. Data also indicated an increase in its freshman to senior cohort graduation rate index from 91.8 to 94.2 percent graduation rate.
A unique partnership between the Lafayette public school system and South Louisiana Community College, the Early College Academy provides students at the end of their four years of high school to achieve a high school diploma as well as an Associate’s degree in General Studies.
GEAR UP is a federally funded grant initiative that provides students with the skills, access, preparation and information needed to enter and succeed in
post-secondary education. In Lafayette, GEAR UP works collaboratively with LPSS, higher education and business partners to provide resources to students and parents in order to prepare and motivate students to achieve beyond their current expectations. A cohort of approximately 2,000 students from several Lafayette Parish schools began this early college intervention initiative in 2008. These students are able to participate in the GEAR UP program throughout their middle school years and will continue to have a relationship with GEAR UP through their high school years.
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS
District 1 – Mary Morrison
District 2 – Tommy Angelle
District 3 – Elroy Broussard
District 4 – Tehmi Chassion
District 5 – Britt Latiolais
District 6 – Justin Centanni
District 7 – Dawn Morris
District 8 – Erick Knezek
District 9 – Jeremy Hidalgo
PRIVATE AND PAROCHIAL SHCOOLS
Inspired by a rich and diverse cultural base, the citizens of Lafayette Parish enjoy a variety of private educational offerings. The oldest of these is the school system offered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette. Thirteen Catholic schools are located throughout Lafayette Parish. In addition, other private schools offer individual attention and excellent programs of study. In all, there are over 40 private schools throughout Acadiana.
MEMBER PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Ascension Episcopal School
Schools of the Sacred Heart
St. Pius Elementary School
St. Thomas More High School
Teurlings Catholic High School
Westminster Christian Academy
MEMBER CHARTER SCHOOLS
Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy
Lafayette Renaissance Charter Academy
Willow Charter Academy
ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
In an attempt to improve the racial diversity of its schools, and give students a more exciting and fulfilling educational experience, the school system offers Schools of Choice at the Elementary, Middle and High School levels. Some programs of study include business and finance, hospitality and tourism, information technology, engineering, design, world languages, arts, math and science, environmental science, and health care.
The district is also home to Montessori preschools and elementary schools and French Immersion program where core subjects are taught in French.
There are also over 25 private and parochial schools in and around Lafayette Parish to compliment the public system including a single-gender option for both boys and girls.
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT LAFAYETTE
Founded in 1900 as the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is the second-largest four-year public university in the state. For over 100 years, UL Lafayette has been garnered strong community support that shows pride and spirit towards the university’s ongoing academic tradition. The student population at the university is in excess of 17,000, including 1,500 graduate students. UL Lafayette offers 80 bachelor’s degrees through 10 colleges and schools, including one of the most sophisticated computer science programs in the nation. UL Lafayette’s Graduate School offers 29 master’s degrees and eight doctorates, as well.
UL Lafayette has extended its campus almost 600 acres to include the University Research Park, CAJUNDOME and Convention Center, University Hotel and the state-of-the-art Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, with more than 1,500 works of art. The University Research Park houses a NASA Regional Application Center, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Wetlands Research Center, the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) and the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) among others. The university campus itself is unique because of its draping oak trees and cypress swamp next to the Student Union. Also, the Walk of Honor, which is paved with bricks bearing the names of UL Lafayette graduates arranged by class year, is a favorite feature found in the quad.
OTHER COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, AND INSTITUTES
The Lafayette area offers a wide range of postsecondary educational opportunities for students. A community college and numerous vocational and technical schools and colleges augment the UL Lafayette experience and serve a variety of needs for thousands of students in Lafayette Parish. Programs of study offered range from nursing, business, and computer programming to teacher preparation, cosmetology, and emergency medical services, to name a few.
In 2012, South Louisiana Community College merged with Acadiana Technical College, making it one of Louisiana’s largest comprehensive community colleges. SLCC is a SACS-COC accredited institution with campuses in Abbeville, Crowley, Franklin, Lafayette, New Iberia, Opelousas, St. Martinville, and Ville Platte. Academic offerings include technical diplomas, workforce training, high school dual enrollment, and two-year degree programs that transfer to four-year universities.
South Louisiana Community College is one of Louisiana’s fastest-growing community colleges. SLCC is a college where innovation is an expectation and care is commonplace. SLCC remains true to its mission to improve the quality of life for residents of South Louisiana. It serves students throughout an eight-parish service area. Whether academic or technical programs are their goal, students find that SLCC is easily accessible and a source of valuable educational services in Acadiana.
According to its website, “At SLCC, we believe that learning the ‘know’ and ‘know how’ can lead the way to a richer tomorrow.”
CONTACT INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS FOR A LIST OF THEIR OFFERINGS.
Academy of Interactive Entertainment
Aveda Institute Lafayette
Blue Cliff College
Delta College of Arts and Technology – Lafayette
Remington College - Lafayette Campus
South Louisiana Community College
UL Lafayette Continuing Education
Unitech Training Academy