Lafayette’s schools of choice program still accepting applications

There is still time to apply to the Lafayette Parish school system’s schools of choice program that offers specialized learning opportunities to children in preschool through high school.

The deadline for schools of choice applications was extended from Friday, Jan. 31, to Wednesday, Feb. 5, due to school closures this week related to the wintry weather.

As of Thursday, the school district received nearly 4,000 applications for a schools of choice program. Applications may be found and submitted online at:

More than 6,000 of the district’s 31,000 students participate in schools of choice. Programs of study include: foreign language immersion, technology, the arts, performing arts, the sciences, business, legal studies and other disciplines.

Through schools of choice, high school students also have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree while in high school at the Early College Academy at South Louisiana Community College.

The school district holds a computerized lottery to randomly fill available spots in each schools of choice program.

This year’s lottery will be held Feb. 24 for elementary schools and Feb. 25 for middle and high schools at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the central office, 113 Chaplin Drive.