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The Top 100 Public K-8 Schools in Louisiana

Is your local school one of the top-performing schools in Louisiana?  We would like to help you find out.

Each of the past few years, EdNavigator has issued grades for nearly all public schools in Louisiana serving grades 3-8. Today, we are releasing our newly updated 2018 grades, which are based on publicly available information generated by the State of Louisiana—the same data the state uses to calculate its own school grades. Our grades differ from the state’s, however, in that they put much greater emphasis on how much students at each school grow academically, not just how many of them reach certain proficiency levels on tests. This approach rewards schools that excel at advancing student learning, even if they serve lower-performing students who may start out behind their peers. You can find more information about how we calculate our grades here.

Below, you’ll find a list of the top 100 public schools in Louisiana serving kindergarten through 8th grade, along with some of our observations about them. But first, it’s important to emphasize that these grades are just one reflection of school quality. They tell us something about each school’s success educating students, but they certainly don’t tell us everything. Any school on this list could be a great fit for one family but a terrible one for another, for a host of reasons; likewise, there are undoubtedly schools that don’t appear here that are still a good match for many families.      

Headlines and Observations

The overall top-performing school in Louisiana this year is Sixth Ward Middle School in Lafourche Parish. The school has earned an A grade from the state each of the last three years, but its students’ performance on LEAP tests in 2017 was particularly impressive, with 72 percent of students scoring at the “Mastery” level or above.  Student growth in both math and English Language Arts was exceptional.  Congratulations to the students, faculty, and parents whose hard work yielded these results.  Learn more about Sixth Ward Middle School here.

The Top 100 schools includes representatives from 45 different school systems and charter networks across the state.  Big congratulations are in order to Ascension Parish, which led the pack with nine schools included.

Sixteen of the Top 100 schools are magnet or selective enrollment schools – which means that 84 are not.  In fact, eight of the ten top-performing schools in the state are open enrollment schools.  However, of the two Orleans Parish schools to crack the Top 100, both are selective enrollment: Lusher and Lake Forest.

The Top 100 schools reflect the same racial disparities found throughout the state.  About 15 percent of K-8 white students are enrolled in a Top 100 school; only about 5 percent of African American students are in those same schools. 

Taking student growth into consideration highlights different schools than the state’s existing approach, which focuses overwhelmingly on whether students passed state tests, not how they did this year compared to prior years.  Of the 100 schools with the highest scores on the state’s scale, just 61 were also in EdNavigator’s Top 100.  That’s because there are some schools that have high-performing students with high test scores, but they are not helping them grow as much from year-to-year as other schools.

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2018 Top-Performing Louisiana K-8 Public Schools

School School System 2018 EdNav School Performance Score (SPS) 2018 EdNav Grade Students Enrolled (2018) Percent Economically Disadvantaged (2017)
1 Sixth Ward Middle School Lafourche Parish 298.1 A 246 48%
2 Choudrant High School Lincoln Parish 289.5 A 323 41%
3 T. S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School (SE) Calcasieu Parish 281.4 A 298 28%
4 Prairieville Middle School Ascension Parish 279.7 A 955 28%
5 Columbia Elementary School Caldwell Parish 272.6 A 215 63%
6 Caroline Dormon Junior High School Rapides Parish 271.8 A 345 35%
7 Kingston Elementary School Bossier Parish 269.8 A 685 30%
8 Negreet High School Sabine Parish 268.8 A 455 59%
9 Saline High School Bienville Parish 267.8 A 355 58%
10 Lusher Charter School (SE) Orleans Parish 266.8 A 1739 20%
11 East Elementary School St. Landry Parish 266.2 A 253 78%
12 Erath Middle School Vermilion Parish 264.8 A 455 49%
13 Lake Forest Elementary Charter School (SE) Orleans Parish 264.6 A 622 65%
14 Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy (SE) Jefferson Parish 264.4 A 678 38%
15 Oberlin Elementary School Allen Parish 263.7 A 265 74%
16 Galvez Primary School Ascension Parish 262.1 A 705 48%
17 Gretna No. 2 Academy for Advanced Studies (SE) Jefferson Parish 261.8 A 323 42%
18 Phoenix Magnet Elementary School (SE) Rapides Parish 260.5 A 488 37%
19 Hicks High School Vernon Parish 260.4 A 347 51%
20 Dutchtown Middle School Ascension Parish 259 A 902 32%
21 Haynes Academy School for Advanced Studies (SE) Jefferson Parish 257.2 A 823 30%
22 Baton Rouge Visual and Performing Arts Center (SE) East Baton Rouge Parish 256.2 A 415 49%
23 North DeSoto Middle School 6-8 DeSoto Parish 256.2 A 617 52%
24 Eden Gardens Fundamental Elementary School (SE) Caddo Parish 255.9 A 505 25%
25 Mulberry Elementary School Terrebonne Parish 255.6 A 903 38%
26 Dularge Elementary School Terrebonne Parish 255.3 A 341 77%
27 St. Charles Elementary School Lafourche Parish 254.6 A 178 60%
28 Palmetto Elementary School St. Landry Parish 254.2 A 288 81%
29 Stockwell Place Elementary School Bossier Parish 254.1 A 812 31%
30 Caddo Parish Middle Magnet School (SE) Caddo Parish 253.1 A 1235 27%
31 Zwolle High School Sabine Parish 253.1 A 335 72%
32 LeBleu Settlement Elementary School Calcasieu Parish 252.9 A 442 62%
33 Egan Elementary School Acadia Parish 252.7 A 202 52%
34 Jena Junior High School LaSalle Parish 252.7 A 334 51%
35 Pinecrest Elementary/Middle School Ouachita Parish 252.1 A 214 52%
36 Anacoco High School Vernon Parish 252 A 380 43%
37 Southeastern LA University Lab School Tangipahoa Parish 252 A 209 31%
38 Carrie Martin Elementary School Bossier Parish 251.3 A 124 87%
39 Kaplan Elementary School Vermilion Parish 250.4 A 536 68%
40 Prairieville Primary School Ascension Parish 248.1 A 915 32%
41 Belle Chasse Primary School Plaquemines Parish 247.7 A 968 57%
42 Walter Schneckenburger Elem School Jefferson Parish 247 A 389 80%
43 Chateau Estates Elementary School Jefferson Parish 246.1 A 670 84%
44 Labadieville Primary School Assumption Parish 246 A 239 84%
45 Central High School Catahoula Parish 245.5 A 75 66%
46 G. W. Carver Primary School Ascension Parish 245.2 A 527 85%
47 Coteau Elementary School Iberia Parish 244.6 A 307 77%
48 Anacoco Elementary School Vernon Parish 244.3 A 485 49%
49 Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies (SE) Jefferson Parish 244.1 A 339 25%
50 Evangeline Elementary School Acadia Parish 243.9 A 208 65%
51 LA School for Ag Science Avoyelles Parish 243.5 A 412 60%
52 LaSalle Junior High School LaSalle Parish 243.5 A 175 64%
53 M.E. Norman Elementary School St. Mary Parish 242.8 A 267 75%
54 V. B. Glencoe Charter School V. B. Glencoe Charter School 242.5 A 344 77%
55 Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School (SE) East Baton Rouge Parish 242.3 A 408 35%
56 Dutchtown Primary School Ascension Parish 241.8 A 819 35%
57 N.S.U. Middle Lab School Natchitoches Parish 241.4 A 176 23%
58 Broadmoor Elementary School Terrebonne Parish 241.2 A 573 61%
59 L. W. Ruppel Academy for Advanced Studies (SE) Jefferson Parish 241.1 A 211 46%
60 Sterlington Elementary School Ouachita Parish 240.9 A 714 42%
61 Prien Lake Elementary School Calcasieu Parish 240.7 A 740 45%
62 Rosepine High School Vernon Parish 240.6 A 537 42%
63 International School of Louisiana International School of Louisiana 240.3 A 1389 57%
64 Chackbay Elementary School Lafourche Parish 240.3 A 329 45%
65 Magnet Academy for Cultural Arts St. Landry Parish 240.1 A 300 66%
66 D'Arbonne Woods Charter School D'Arbonne Woods Charter School 239.7 A 965 56%
67 Belle Chasse Academy Belle Chasse Academy, Inc. 239.6 A 966 16%
68 Hattie A. Watts Elementary School St. Mary Parish 239.4 A 596 78%
69 Spanish Lake Primary School Ascension Parish 238.7 A 857 28%
70 Converse High School Sabine Parish 238.5 A 545 54%
71 Mangham Elementary School Richland Parish 238.3 A 404 78%
72 Branch Elementary School Acadia Parish 238.2 A 299 55%
73 Claiborne Fundamental Elementary School (SE) Caddo Parish 237.9 A 452 68%
74 Estherwood Elementary School Acadia Parish 237.8 A 226 77%
75 Delta Charter School MST Delta Charter Group 237.7 A 462 47%
76 Lake Elementary School Ascension Parish 237.4 A 875 41%
77 Lacassine High School Jefferson Davis Parish 237.4 A 646 52%
78 Montegut Middle School Terrebonne Parish 237.4 A 572 54%
79 Upper Little Caillou Elementary School Terrebonne Parish 237.3 A 467 68%
80 Galliano Elementary School Lafourche Parish 237 A 395 75%
81 Norco Elementary School St. Charles Parish 236.6 A 525 47%
82 Indian Bayou Elementary School Vermilion Parish 236 A 194 57%
83 Oakshire Elementary School Terrebonne Parish 235.8 A 648 69%
84 Natchitoches Magnet School (SE) Natchitoches Parish 235.6 A 306 55%
85 Northwestern Middle School Zachary Community School District 235.6 A 798 40%
86 Wyandotte Elementary School St. Mary Parish 235.1 A 345 69%
87 Dozier Elementary School Vermilion Parish 235 A 528 52%
88 Valverda Elementary School Pointe Coupee Parish 235 A 554 78%
89 Broadmoor Elementary School Lafayette Parish 234.4 A 634 56%
90 Winnsboro Elementary School Franklin Parish 234.3 A 530
91 Avoyelles Public Charter School Avoyelles Public Charter School 234 A 741 45%
92 Choudrant Elementary School Lincoln Parish 233.6 A 486 54%
93 Lacache Middle School Terrebonne Parish 233.6 A 365 67%
94 N.S.U. Elementary Lab School Natchitoches Parish 233.5 A 292 26%
95 Oak Grove Primary School Ascension Parish 232.8 A 975 31%
96 Bayou Community Academy Charter School Lafourche Parish 232.5 A 464 32%
97 LSU Laboratory School (SE) LSU Laboratory School 232.2 A 1441 5%
98 North DeSoto Upper Elementary School DeSoto Parish 231.9 A 754 45%
99 Thomas Elementary School Washington Parish 231.8 A 604 65%
100 South Larose Elementary School Lafourche Parish 231.4 A 336 64%