LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette Parish school system plans to file an appeal with the Louisiana Department of Education to challenge the low performance scores given to its four alternative schools, Superintendent Burnell Lemoine confirmed Wednesday.

Preliminary school performance scores released Tuesday by the state identified the following schools as academically unacceptable: W.D. Smith Career Center, 26; Alternative Instructional Model (AIM) Academy, 48; Lafayette Charter High, 52.5; and N.P. Moss Annex, 34.8.

The “academically unacceptable school” label is used to identify those schools with scores below 65. The scores take into consideration standardized test scores, attendance, and graduation and drop-out rates.

Lafayette officials questioned how the scores were calculated, Lemoine said Wednesday.

Tom Spencer, Lafayette Parish School system’s accountability officer, warned the School Board at its July 20 meeting that Charter High could face a low score if the state didn’t use current calculation policies.

Based on his calculation, Charter High should rate a score above 65, he told board members.

Spencer could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The district considers the other three sites as programs and not schools, said Louise Chargois, Lafayette curriculum and instruction director.

For example, high school students split their time between their home schools and the Career Center, she said. The campus also houses classes for overage middle school students.

The N.P. Moss Annex houses several programs, including one for students with severe behavioral issues and another for pregnant teens. The AIM Academy is for students recommended for expulsion, and the stay is between 10 nd 12 weeks, Chargois said.

The state released the preliminary scores of low-performing schools to enable districts to notify parents of transfer options in line with No Child Left Behind regulations. Scores for all schools will be released later this fall.

At that time, the district will be able to file an appeal of the scores, Spencer has said.

In Lafayette Parish, choice transfers will be offered to students at Carencro High School, which entered its second year of school improvement status for failing to meet its annual yearly progress in a subgroup.

Chargois said the district is awaiting word on which subgroup the school must focus.

Carencro High students will have the option to transfer to either Acadiana High or Comeaux High. Notification letters of the option should be mailed in the next week, said Angela Simoneaux, district marketing and recruitment coordinator.

The three Lafayette schools on the state’s academic watch list for scores at risk of not meeting the 2012 minimum score of 75 all showed improvement.

Alice Boucher Elementary improved from 65.5 last year to 67.3; J.W. Faulk moved from 66.6 to 67.1; and Northside High moved from 67.9 to 68.2.