Caroline J. Dormon Junior High School


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With a focus on comprehensive learning, Central Louisiana public schools bolster students' mastery of fundamental academics with progressive instruction in art, music and science. Rapides Parish's commitment to preparing its students for the 21st century workplace includes a strategic initiative with The Rapides Foundation to continuously assess and improve how its schools teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in all grade levels. Two high schools in Rapides Parish received top honors as medalists in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 Best High Schools Rankings, while 11 other high schools in nearby Winn, Vernon and Grant parishes were listed in recognition of excellence in student achievement. 

Students can begin at an A-rated elementary school and progress to high-performing middle and high schools where the curricula reflects an emphasis on science and technology. Likewise, the majority of the 19 public schools in Grant Parish are highly rated by the Louisiana Department of Education as A campuses.

Innovative learning opportunities are also available, from industry-based coursework leading to a professional certificate to learning earth science and other subjects in a forest-themed facility built through a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Caroline J. Dormon Junior High School

    Caroline J. Dormon Junior High School in Woodworth, is a pre-kindergarten-through-8th-grade campus with an A rating from the Louisiana Department of Education for 2014-15. Its principal and one of its teachers were named Rapides Parish principal and teacher of the year for 2014, and 90 percent of its students met or surpassed state grade-level expectations for academic achievement in 2013. >>

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  • Grant High School

    Breadth of coursework and opportunities for career exploration are the focus at this 9th-through-12th-grade Grant Parish campus. Students can choose to learn about forensics, prepare for a career as an emergency first responder, or master the acoustic guitar at Grant High School in Dry Prong, near Alexandria. >>

  • Leesville High School

    Students explore subjects ranging from the 1960s space race to 20th-century musical theater at Leesville High School, a 9th-through-12th-grade campus. Ninety-one percent of students met or exceeded grade-level expectations for algebra, English, biology and other fundamental topics in 2013. >>

  • South Grant Elementary

    South Grant Elementary School is a highly rated pre-kindergarten-through-6th-grade campus in the community of Prospect, a short drive from Alexandria. A vibrant science program that engages South Grant Panthers in activities such as designing and launching their own rockets is a special area of focus at this Grant Parish school. >>

  • Vernon Middle School

    Vernon Middle School in Leesville is a 5th-and-6th-grade Vernon Parish public school with a primary curriculum that focuses on academic fundamentals such as English, science, math and reading. >>

  • West Leesville Elementary School

    West Leesville Elementary School is a 2nd-through-5th-grade campus with a​ B rating from the Louisiana Department of Education for 201​5-1​6. >>