Central Louisiana students in kindergarten through 12th grade receive their education at some of the highest-performing schools in the state. Schools in the region maintain high student achievement, ranking among the top-performing schools in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report. Likewise, the quality of Louisiana teacher training and the rigor of its educational standards are among the best in the U.S., according to an annual report from Education Week's Quality Counts, where Louisiana ranked in the top third for overall quality of education. Public, magnet and private schools all provide curriculum and activities to facilitate learning and achievement.
Elementary and middle school students have opportunities to learn and expand their creativity through multiple activities. Children learn about real-world initiatives and experience service projects, such as helping children in need. Extensive Advanced Placement options, numerous sports teams and extracurricular clubs in the region's public high schools provide challenges for students of all academic levels.
In public school districts throughout Central Louisiana, magnet schools are high-quality educational options. The region's magnet schools include programs that prepare high school students for future careers with classes in law, medicine and engineering. Middle school students can write original melodies, and elementary school children receive expert instruction in cello, violin and viola.
Alexandria's private schools span educational philosophies and religious traditions. Parents can choose from a variety of large, independent schools without religious affiliation, or small campuses where fostering faith is a central tenet. Graduates of the region's private and public high schools leave well-prepared to enroll in the prestigious institution of their choice.