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
Rank School District City
1 Plaquemines Parish Belle Chasse
2 Zachary Community School District Zachary
3 Desoto Parish Mansfield
4 Jefferson Davis Parish Jennings
5 Lincoln Parish Ruston
6 Beauregard Parish Deridder
7 Central Community School District Baton Rouge
8 Sabine Parish Many
9 St. James Parish Lutcher
10 Assumption Parish Napoleonville
11 Iberville Parish Plaquemine
12 Lasalle Parish Jena
13 Evangeline Parish Ville Platte
14 Allen Parish Oberlin
15 St. John The Baptist Parish Reserve
16 West Feliciana Parish St. Francisville
17 Cameron Parish Cameron
18 Webster Parish Minden
19 Washington Parish Franklinton
20 Natchitoches Parish Natchitoches
21 Avoyelles Parish Marksville
22 Grant Parish Colfax
23 Bienville Parish Arcadia
24 Winn Parish Winnfield
25 West Carroll Parish Oak Grove
26 Caldwell Parish Columbia
27 Catahoula Parish Harrisonburg
28 Concordia Parish Vidalia
29 West Baton Rouge Parish Port Allen
30 Pointe Coupee Parish New Roads
31 Claiborne Parish Homer
32 Richland Parish Rayville
33 East Feliciana Parish Clinton
34 Franklin Parish Winnsboro
35 East Carroll Parish Lake Providence
36 Jackson Parish Jonesboro
37 Red River Parish Coushatta
38 Morehouse Parish Bastrop
39 Tensas Parish St. Joseph
40 City Of Bogalusa School District Bogalusa
41 Union Parish Farmerville
42 St. Helena Parish Greensburg
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.