Best School Districts in Louisiana | Education

A good school can lead to a lifetime of opportunity. A myriad of data shows that lifetime earnings increase dramatically with each degree earned. Bachelor’s degree graduates will earn an average of about $26,000 more each year than high school graduates. And for those who decide that going to college isn’t the best post-secondary option, a good school will provide students with the tools and support to make that choice, as well as the fundamental skills needed to succeed in the job market.

For many families, the school district is one of the main criteria when deciding where to buy a home. But that consideration and ability to choose isn’t a luxury every family can afford, especially in today’s fiercely competitive housing market.

An important indicator of quality education is expenditure per student. According to the most recent census data available, the national average spending per student in fiscal year 2019 was $13,187. Several recent studies suggest that increased spending per student is correlated with higher academic achievement, especially in districts primarily serving low-income students. Since public schools are largely funded by property taxes, schools in low-income areas suffer the most from a lack of funding for essential expenses such as staff salaries and benefits, transportation, educational resources and support services.

There are over 13,000 school districts in the United States, each slightly different, for better or worse, from the other. However, several common denominators exist and, when compared, can serve as indicators of what makes an impactful neighborhood.

Stacker compiled a list of the top school districts in Louisiana using Niche rankings. Niche ranks school districts based on a variety of criteria, including academics (SAT/ACT scores and state proficiency tests), teacher salaries, spending per student, and access to extracurricular activities.

#ten. St. James Parish Public Schools (Lutcher)

– Number of schools: 6 (3,684 students)

– Graduation rate: 84% (79% in reading and 75% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $71,025 (student/teacher ratio of 13:1)

#9. Parish public schools of Vermillon (Abbeville)

– Number of schools: 20 (9,568 students)

– Graduation rate: 92% (85% in reading and 78% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $53,424 (student/teacher ratio of 18:1)

#8. Parish public schools of Plaquemines (Belle Chasse)

– Number of schools: 8 (4,045 students)

– Graduation rate: 91% (81% in reading and 78% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $83,363 (student/teacher ratio of 23:1)

#seven. Cameron Parish Public Schools (Cameron)

– Number of schools: 4 (1,339 students)

– Graduation rate: 92% (81% in reading and 81% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $51,141 (11:1 student/teacher ratio)

#6. Sabine Parish Public Schools (several)

– Number of schools: 10 (4,327 students)

– Graduation rate: 96% (74% in reading and 65% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $57,431 (student/teacher ratio of 18:1)

#5. West Feliciana Parish Public Schools (St. Francisville)

– Number of schools: 4 (2,217 students)

– Graduation rate: 95% (82% in reading and 77% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $60,578 (student/teacher ratio of 15:1)

#4. Parish Public Schools of Ascension (Donaldsonville)

– Number of schools: 28 (23,066 students)

– Graduation rate: 89% (83% in reading and 79% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $58,343 (student/teacher ratio of 18:1)

#3. St. Charles Parish Public Schools (Luling)

– Number of schools: 15 (9,440 students)

– Graduation rate: 86% (83% in reading and 78% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $70,134 (student/teacher ratio of 15:1)

#2. Lincoln Parish Public Schools (Ruston)

– Number of schools: 12 (5,467 students)

– Graduation rate: 97% (72% in reading and 67% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $62,944 (student/teacher ratio of 16:1)

#1. Zachary Community Public Schools (Zachary)

– Number of schools: 7 (5,550 students)

– Graduation rate: 94% (88% in reading and 84% in mathematics)

– Average teacher salary: $63,115 (student/teacher ratio of 18:1)

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