One secret to the award-winning success of the Zachary school system is the fact that the community has its own school board. With legislation passed in the summer of 2003, the area became an independent district, enabling it to pass policies tailored to fit the community’s own standards. Zachary Community Schools is ranked as one of the top 3 in the state for Iowa and Leap Test scores and Zachary’s 4th graders were the strongest class in the state of Louisiana.
An important piece of the educational puzzle is having the student body as united as possible. With this in mind, all Zachary public school students are taught in one of five buildings. Northwestern and Zachary elementary schools start kids off in preschool and guide them through third grade. Coppermill Elementary, the newest school, educates fourth and fifth graders. Northwestern Middle School facilitates the majority of Zachary’s middle-school students, while Zachary High prepares the community’s approximately 1,300 high school students for college and beyond.
The Foundation Assisting Zachary Education (FAZE) was formed in 1992 to collect funds for the purchase of educational supplies and equipment for all Zachary schools. FAZE has collected and distributed over $160,000 to Zachary schools.
Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, and, to that end, area schools offer a host of activities. Sports are always a popular choice for students, and football, basketball, tennis, track, soccer, golf and baseball teams assure no young athlete is left out.
For parents seeking a private education for their children, Baton Rouge and other nearby communities offer a wide variety of parochial options. Bethany Christian School and Central Private School, both located less than five miles north in the city of Baker, have classrooms for kids from preschool through 12th grade. After school care as well as daycare for infants can be found at Puddle Jumpers.
College-bound students are well served by test prep opportunities at Sylvan Learning Center and Aim High. Higher-learning choices abound, with a variety of colleges, universities and vocational courses available in and near the city. Louisiana State University’s Baton Rouge campus and Baton Rouge Community College are popular choices, while Southern University and Southeastern University are also within an easy commuting distance.
The city’s Mayor’s Office has developed a partnership with the Zachary Community School System (ZCSS), and has worked in cooperation with the Zachary Chamber of Commerce, school officials and Baton Rouge Community College to offer evening classes at Zachary High School. The city has also partnered with ZCSS and T.L. James Construction to allow high school students the opportunity to learn heavy equipment operation.
Zachary is home to a new 20,000-square foot library complete with a meeting room, an extensive gallery area for exhibits, display cases, 35 public computers and over 77,000 items — including books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, videos, DVDs and books on tape.