Though Louisiana isn’t among the top states in terms of public education, it is home to a handful of school districts that excel in academics and co-curricular activities. Here’s a closer look at Louisiana’s five best school districts. 

Plaquemines Parish School System is the best school district in Louisiana. The district is headquartered in Belle Chasse and administers over seven schools and a learning center. PPSS is the top district in the state in proficiency rates on End of Course tests, and in the top ten in average ACT composite scores. 

Earning Louisiana’s #2 spot is Zachary Community School District, which comprises six schools and an early learning center in the city of Zachary, a suburb of state capital Baton Rouge. Despite being the fastest-growing school district in the state, ZCSD has performed well in the areas of academics, extracurricular activities, and athletics since its founding in 2003. 

Louisiana’s 3rd best school district is DeSoto Parish Schools, which is headquartered in Mansfield and consists of nine schools. DPS maintains a standard of excellence and is continually improving, with two-thirds of its schools earning an “A” grade in the area of student achievement progress.  

Placing 4th is Jefferson Davis Parish Schools, a district of thirteen schools headquartered in the city of Jennings, the parish seat of Jefferson Davis Parish. The district counts a 92.5% graduation rate among its accolades. 

Lincoln Parish Schools is Louisiana’s 5th best public school system. Headquartered in Ruston, LPS is a large district comprising thirteen schools in Ruston and several adjacent communities. The district’s 96% graduation rate and high proficiency scores are well above state averages. 

Top School Districts in Louisiana, 2020

RankSchool DistrictCity
1Plaquemines ParishBelle Chasse
2Zachary Community School DistrictZachary
3Desoto ParishMansfield
4Jefferson Davis ParishJennings
5Lincoln ParishRuston
6Beauregard ParishDeridder
7Central Community School DistrictBaton Rouge
8Sabine ParishMany
9St. James ParishLutcher
10Assumption ParishNapoleonville
11Iberville ParishPlaquemine
12Lasalle ParishJena
13Evangeline ParishVille Platte
14Allen ParishOberlin
15St. John The Baptist ParishReserve
16West Feliciana ParishSt. Francisville
17Cameron ParishCameron
18Webster ParishMinden
19Washington ParishFranklinton
20Natchitoches ParishNatchitoches
21Avoyelles ParishMarksville
22Grant ParishColfax
23Bienville ParishArcadia
24Winn ParishWinnfield
25West Carroll ParishOak Grove
26Caldwell ParishColumbia
27Catahoula ParishHarrisonburg
28Concordia ParishVidalia
29West Baton Rouge ParishPort Allen
30Pointe Coupee ParishNew Roads
31Claiborne ParishHomer
32Richland ParishRayville
33East Feliciana ParishClinton
34Franklin ParishWinnsboro
35East Carroll ParishLake Providence
36Jackson ParishJonesboro
37Red River ParishCoushatta
38Morehouse ParishBastrop
39Tensas ParishSt. Joseph
40City Of Bogalusa School DistrictBogalusa
41Union ParishFarmerville
42St. Helena ParishGreensburg


The following variables contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, school funding per student, student to teacher ratio, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Math test, percent of students scoring above proficient in standardized state Reading and Language test. Data from a total of 10,247 public school districts were used to compute a score for each school district. The following states were omitted due to lack of sufficient data: Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, and Virginia. Note that high schools in some states have their own independent districts.

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