Caroline J. Dormon Junior High School


Caroline J. Dormon Junior High School

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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.

Bearing the name of one of Louisiana's best-known botanists, Dormon embodies its legacy through its physical design and curriculum. The 50,000-square-foot, $8 million campus opened in 2012 on land donated by the Kisatchie National Forest, which is developing a nature trail on the site as part of its partnership with the school. Dormon bolsters its forest-resources heritage with elements like a diorama of forest creatures in the school library, a campus garden, student tree plantings, outdoor classrooms and instruction in environmental science. Even its school colors – green and grey – and its mascot – a bear – reflect the forest-friendly theme. The curriculum spans music and choir to fundamental subjects such as English, math and science.

Students can choose from extracurricular activities that include art, archery and photography clubs, a fitness team and Junior Beta Club. The school has a local chapter of Girls on the Run, a nationwide program focused on building positive self-image in young girls. School sports teams include basketball, softball and track.