As students head back to school, we are reminded that many Northeast Louisiana schools are at the head of the class with performance scores, test scores, infrastructure improvements, rankings and program enhancements.
Lincoln and Ouachita Parish School Districts rank in the top 20 statewide, according to the Louisiana Department of Education. Lincoln Parish schools have been named to the top of the list among all Louisiana school districts for students who graduate and enter post-secondary institutions, attaining a 75% entry rate. Twenty-two Ouachita Parish schools earned either an A or B grade on their Louisiana Department of Education School Report Cards.
Monroe City Schools have seen marked improvements in recent years. This past year, Monroe City School students achieved an average ACT score of 19.7 – higher than the state average of 19.4 and the highest ACT score ever achieved by Monroe Schools. Another indication of how much progress has been made is exemplified by Cypress Point University Elementary principal Ann Cook winning the 2017 Louisiana Elementary Principal of the Year.
Named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, Morehouse Magnet School (seen above) in Bastrop ranks as an A school and is one of the few schools in Northeast Louisiana that offers an engineering magnet class. This school epitomizes the dedication to excellence and academic progress found in the Morehouse School District.
Union Parish School District is also striving for academic excellence, passing a $42.5 million dollar bond referendum to build or repair schools. The new Union Parish High School is expected to be completed by the Fall of 2017. Meanwhile, the newly built D’Arbonne Woods Charter School opened its doors to 900 excited students this Fall. D’Arbonne Woods Charter School is the first new school building in Union Parish since the 1970’s.