The parents of students at 11 low-rated Lafayette Parish schools can request transfers to higher-performing schools, beginning this week.
The schools are Alice Boucher Elementary, Carencro Heights Elementary, Carencro High, Duson Elementary, Evangeline Elementary, J.W. Faulk Elementary, Lafayette Middle, S.J. Montgomery Elementary, Northside High, Ossun Elementary and Westside Elementary.
All of those schools received a “D” or “F” grade from the Louisiana Department of Education when school performance scores were released last fall.
Under the Louisiana Public School Choice Act, and a state education bulletin, the Lafayette Parish School System must offer the transfer option to parents whose students attend a school that received a “D” or “F.”
The schools that may accept students who transfer are L.J. Alleman Middle, Paul Breaux Middle, Broadmoor Elementary, Broussard Middle, Comeaux High, Katharine Drexel Elementary, Edgar Martin Middle, Milton Elementary/Middle, Plantation Elementary, Prairie Elementary, Scott Middle, Woodvale Elementary, Ridge Elementary and Charles Burke Elementary.
L.J. Alleman, Broadmoor, Milton and Woodvale all received “A” grades from the state last year. Paul Breaux, Broussard Middle, Comeaux High, Katherine Drexel, Edgar Martin, Plantation, Prairie and Charles Burke all received a “B.” Scott Middle and Ridge Elementary both received a “C.”
However, officials indicated that the final list of schools who can receive students may still be finalized, based on staffing and available space.
Transfer applications will be available online at lpssonline.com until midnight, August 12. If a parent decides to transfer, they must fill out an application. If the transfer is accepted, the parent will then have five days to withdraw students from their previous school.
Students transferring from lower-performing schools will be provided with bus transportation.
According to the district, students from schools with the lowest scores will be given transfer priority. Students within each school will be prioritized based on assessment results from LEAP, ILEAP, Dibels tests and the Developing Skills Checklist, with the students with the lowest scores having the highest transfer priority.