Families can learn more about the specialized options offered at schools throughout the Lafayette Parish school system during the Fall Frenzy, which runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cajundome Convention Center.
The annual event is a showcase of the district’s schools of choice. Students can explore their interests in fields such as health care and technology at the high schools and foreign language immersion learning starting in the preschool and kindergarten grades.
Parents and students can meet with academy directors and hear first-hand from students enrolled in schools of choice about what each program offers. Hands-on experiments and exhibits also are part of the day, as well as performances by students in the district’s performing arts academies.
Students who apply for the programs will be selected by a computerized lottery in early 2016. The online application period for the 2016-17 school year begins Saturday and will close Jan. 31.
“We actually won’t begin accepting applications through the online system until 10 a.m. Saturday,” said Robin Olivier, schools of choice and career and technical education director.
The lottery drawing is tentatively scheduled for the final week of February.
The schools-of-choice options for students in the Lafayette Parish school system is growing.
A new option this year is an expanded Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. Students can now apply to participate in the Air Force JROTC Academy at Acadiana High or the Navy JROTC Academy at Comeaux High. Previously, the JROTC programs were available only to students who attended Acadiana or Comeaux.
Recent options added in the past few years include: broadcast/journalism academy and the legal studies academy, both at Northside High, and Chinese-language immersion at Plantation Elementary. Foreign language immersion is also offered in French and Spanish.
For information on schools of choice, visit lafayettechoice.com.
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