The top-performing public-school district in Louisiana is in the Capital Region, and numerous individual schools have received regional, state and district honors in areas from technology to music to athletics.
Just north of Baton Rouge in Zachary, elementary, middle and high school students attend highly regarded schools in the fastest-growing school district in the state. Partnerships between Zachary parents, businesses and community organizations have resulted in the district recently receiving an A rating, as it nears completion of $129 million in school renovations and expansions including specialized buildings like a state-of-the-art theater at Zachary High.
In nearby Central, classroom technology reflects community investment in academics from U.S. history to guitar to computer programming. Students enrolled in the Central Community School System learn in classrooms with computer workstations, leading educational software and large projector screens for class projects. This high-achieving district also received an A rating from the Louisiana Department of Education for 2014-15.
In Ascension Parish, students likewise move from one A-rated campus to the next as they progress through a kindergarten-through-12th-grade education. Students at Ascension Parish schools can explore sports medicine, compete for and often win national awards in band and orchestra, train to become nurses and emergency responders, collect books for donation to sick children, write poetry and report on local events at campus broadcast-news stations.
With a focused organizational structure, the Central Community School System offers small schools clustered by grade level. Central Intermediate School is a 3rd-through-5th-grade public school that received a B rating from the Louisiana Department of Education for the 2015-16 school year. >>
Central High School's curriculum spans college preparatory and honors courses. Advanced Placement offerings include art, calculus, civics, Spanish and French. >>
Central Middle School is a 6th-through-8th-grade school with a standout math program and an A rating from the Louisiana Department of Education for 2014-15. Beginning in the 2014-15 academic year, the school implemented a laptop policy, providing one laptop for each student in attendance at Central Middle School. >>
Dutchtown Primary School in Geismar is a pre-kindergarten-through-5th-grade campus with an A rating from the Louisiana Department of Education for the 2014-15 school year. >>
Dutchtown Middle School is a public 6th-through-8th-grade Ascension Parish campus with an A rating from the Louisiana Department of Education for the 2014-15 school year. >>
Dutchtown High School in Geismar is ranked among the top-performing high schools in the state and region for 8th through 12th grade, with a Freshman Academy devoted to the specific needs and interests of 9th-grade students. Dutchtown High received an A rating from the Louisiana Department of Education for 2014-15. >>
Northwestern Middle School is a 6th-through-8th-grade school that received an A rating from the Louisiana Department of Education for 2014-15. Students benefit from a low student-to-teacher ratio of 15:1 allowing for an engaging classroom environment. >>
Tanglewood Elementary School in Central is a 1st-and-2nd-grade campus where nearly 90 percent of students met or exceeded grade-level expectations for math and reading in 2013. >>
Elementary schools in Zachary follow the grade cluster approach, with two grades per school, rather than geographic districts. Each of the elementary schools received an A rating from the Louisiana Department of Education for 2014-15. >>
Zachary High School is a 9th-through-12th-grade school that received an A rating from the Louisiana Department of Education for 2014-15. The Zachary High Freshman Academy includes a separate building on campus designed to help freshman students successfully develop and adapt to high school. >>
New and long-term residents share why they choose to live, work and play in Louisiana's Capital Region.