LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Parish school system’s annual “Fall Frenzy,” a showcase of its school of choice programs, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cajundome Convention Center, a news release says.

The free event features the more than 20 schools of choice programs available to Lafayette Parish students in grades Pre-K through 12.

The specialty programs enable students to attend schools throughout the district, regardless of their attendance zone.

The options in the district are diverse with opportunities offered to the youngest of students in foreign language immersion.

Other options allow students to explore interests in business, art, performing arts, health, engineering, environmental science and technology.

In the past year, the school system added a biomedical academy at Carencro Middle School. The district’s newest high school choice program is Thibodaux Career and Technical High School, which started in 2010 and is housed at the former N.P. Moss Middle School site.

Saturday’s events include hands-on activities for children, student performances, and opportunities for parents and students to discuss opportunities with teachers, program directors and students currently enrolled in the programs.

Computers will also be onsite for students to apply for schools of choice programs.

Because of the popularity of the schools of choice option, students are selected for open spots in programs during a computerized lottery typically held in either in February or March.

For more information about the programs or to apply online starting Saturday, visit:

The application deadline is Jan. 31.