Spots still available in Lafayette Parish specialized schools programs _lowres

Advocate file photo by LEE CELANO - The Lafayette Parish School System offers a wide variety of specialized learning opportunities for students through its schools of choice programs. The school system holds an annual "Fall Frenzy" each November to kick off the application process for schools of choice. Here, David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy students Wyatt Usie and Connor Falcon demonstrated a solar hydrogen vehicle during November 2014 Fall Frenzy event. A few spots in some schools of choice programs are still available.

There are still a few spots available in the Lafayette Parish School System’s popular Schools of Choice programs at select schools, including in French immersion.

A computerized lottery was held earlier this year to place students in the programs, but some still have openings available. The remaining options are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, said Barbara Pippin, Schools of Choice enrollment and recruitment specialist.

These programs enable students to attend a school outside their residential zone to take advantage of specialized learning options. About 20 options are available, ranging from studies in the sciences and technology to studies in the arts and foreign language immersion.

Pippin said a few spots are still available in the following schools:

Sixth grade at L.J. Alleman Performing Arts Academy

Academy of Information Technology at Carencro High

Legal studies academy and broadcast journalism academy at Northside High School

French immersion at Evangeline Elementary

Chinese immersion at Plantation Elementary

Spanish immersion at Alice Boucher Elementary.

The deadline to apply online for the remaining Schools of Choice options is Aug. 20 at

If openings remain, Pippin said students may still enroll in these options after school starts on Aug. 13, though enrollment closes at different periods following the start of the school year.

“We’ll place elementary students up to six weeks after the start of school. It’s four weeks for middle school and up to two weeks after the start of school for high school,” Pippin said.

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