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The Basics

In an attempt to improve the racial diversity of its schools, and give students a more exciting a fulfilling educational experience, the Lafayette Parish School System offers Schools of Choice at the Elementary, Middle and High School levels.

These schools offer specialized programs or themes which give students the core curriculum required by state guidelines in the context of a subject in which the student has an interest.

All students in the parish are eligible to apply for admission to any School of Choice. Special education students also can apply, but must have their application approved by their IEP committee in order to be eligible for the lottery.


In 2000, U.S. District Judge Richard Haik ruled that the Lafayette Parish School System was not in compliance with its desegregation plan.

In order to bring the system into compliance with the court’s orders, the parties to the case, including the School Board, agreed to try Schools of Choice as a way to improve the racial balance at our schools.

By using special programs, the system hopes to attract students from different races and socio-economic backgrounds to all our schools.

The School System and the other parties to the suit believe that all children benefit when there is a variety of ethnicities, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds represented at their school.

Schools of Choice also are a way to broaden a child’s educational experience. When a child receives his core subjects in the context in which a he is interested, he is more excited about and engaged in his education.

Our High School Academies also give our students a jump start on their careers by offering career-connected programs. Students who graduate from our academies are ready to continue their education in universities, technical colleges or community colleges, or they may proceed to the world of work.

In addition to our Schools of Choice, the parish also offers several other options that parents may want to explore, including French Immersion and Majority-to-Minority Transfers. For more information about these other options, click here .