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Private schools in Lafayette are available for students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Small class sizes, intensive coursework and advanced technology in the classroom create an engaging atmosphere, and many of the region’s private schools have received academic distinction both nationally and statewide.

Students at all levels benefit from challenging academics and extracurricular activities. In many of the Lafayette region’s private and parochial schools, elementary teachers utilize interactive whiteboard technology to enhance classroom learning, while elementary students are exposed to technology at a very young age and benefit from visits to the computer lab, where they learn the importance of computer-based research.

In addition to traditional courses in English, math and sciences, students at Lafayette’s private and parochial schools can take electives such as botany, videography, computer science and theater. Several schools offer unique travel programs to enhance the core curriculum – for example, students at the Episcopal School of Acadiana are able to travel to mountainous Wyoming and North Carolina to explore science and local wildlife. Private schools in the Lafayette area also offer strong athletic programs in football, swimming, tennis and more that compete at state and national levels.

  • Ascension Episcopal School

    Ascension Episcopal School is a private pre-kindergarten-through-12th-grade school with three campuses in Lafayette. It has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. >>

  • Episcopal School of Acadiana

    Episcopal School of Acadiana (ESA) is a private pre-kindergarten-through-12th-grade independent school with campuses in Cade and Lafayette. It encourages hands-on learning for all students with a variety of engaging academic challenges. >>

  • Mount Carmel Elementary School

    Mount Carmel Elementary School is a pre-kindergarten-through-8th-grade parochial campus in Abbeville that enrolls about 400 students. It is a feeder school to Vermilion Catholic High, a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence that is adjacent to Mount Carmel. >>

  • Schools of the Sacred Heart Grand Coteau

    Schools of the Sacred Heart Grand Coteau comprise a Catholic school for girls and a separate Catholic academy for boys. The Academy of the Sacred Heart is an all-girls school that includes a day program for girls from pre-kindergarten through 12th grades and a boarding school for girls in grades 7-12. Berchmanns Academy enrolls boys from pre-kindergarten through ninth grades in its day-only program. >>

  • St. Thomas More Catholic High School

    Lafayette’s St. Thomas More Catholic High School has been recognized three times by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Graduates of the 9th-through-12th-grade campus of 1,100 students gain admission to colleges that include Harvard University, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the U.S. Air Force Academy. >>

  • Vermilion Catholic High School

    Vermilion Catholic High School in Abbeville is a 9th-through-12th-grade parochial campus about 20 minutes southwest of Lafayette and is recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. >>