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Barksdale AFB Education and Academics in Shreveport-Bossier City

 

For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools system in Shreveport-Bossier City, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children in the area as well.

To be enrolled in a Louisiana school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Sept. 30 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should bring the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, the child’s previous school records and immunization records. Check with the school for additional requirements. For details on Louisiana’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, visit the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals website at http://dhh.louisiana.gov.

In 2010, Louisiana, along with the majority of other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity, adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.

Choosing a School

Choosing the right school is very important, so be sure to research each one before deciding. Contact the school by phone or by visiting its website, which is a valuable source to learn about a school district’s statistics and curriculum. Talk to people in the area, especially friends and colleagues who already live there.

If the school shows promise, schedule a visit and bring a list of written questions about student-teacher ratios, computer availability, extracurricular activities, sports programs, music programs, gifted programs and grading standards.

Discuss the potential school with your child: what they liked and what they didn’t like. Your family’s ability to readily adapt to a move and to find happiness in your new home may depend, in part, on how happy your children are in their new school.

CHARTER SCHOOLS

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. For more information, visit www.louisianabelieves.com/schools/charter-schools.

HOME SCHOOLING

For an introduction to home schooling in Louisiana, visit www.louisianabelieves.com/schools/home-study. Here you will find information on home-school guidelines, a home study application and more.

Louisiana families may choose to independently provide an education for their children from their home, and typically provide this through a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education-approved home study program or a registered nonpublic school. To comply with state attendance laws, parents who educate their children in home study must apply and be approved annually by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Louisiana does not provide funding for home study programs.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

To search for local private schools in Louisiana, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at www.nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch. Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type and more.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Bossier Parish Schools

P.O. Box 2000
Benton, LA 71006
318-549-5000
www.bossierschools.org 

The Bossier Schools System has 20 elementary schools, six middle schools and seven high schools, as well as an educational complex and two virtual learning academies. The district has an enrollment of more than 22,200.

Caddo Parish Schools

1961 Midway Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71108
318-603-6300
www.caddoschools.org 

The Caddo Parish School District has 37 elementary schools, 12 elementary/middle schools, nine middle schools, three middle/high schools, nine high schools, two alternative schools and four unique schools. The district has an enrollment of more than 40,000 students.

Universities/ Higher Education

Barksdale AFB Education and Academics Universities Higher Education

 

Shreveport-Bossier City offers plenty of opportunity for continuing education. Use the following contact information to start your search for the school that is right for you and your family.

Bossier Parish Community College

6220 E. Texas St.
Bossier City, LA 71111
318-678-6000
www.bpcc.edu 

Centenary College of Louisiana

2911 Centenary Blvd.
Shreveport, LA 71104
318-869-5011
www.centenary.edu 

Embry-Riddle University —Barksdale Air Force Base

723 Douhet Drive, Room 318
Barksdale AFB, LA 71110
318-747-4508
https://worldwide.erau.edu/locations/barksdale 

LSU Health Shreveport

1501 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71130
318-675-5000
www.lsuhscshreveport.edu 

LSU Shreveport

1 University Place
Shreveport, LA 71115
318-797-5000
www.lsus.edu 

Northwest Louisiana Technical College — Shreveport Campus

2010 N. Market St.
Shreveport, LA 71107
318-676-7811
www.nwltc.edu 

Northwestern State University, College of Nursing

1800 Line Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71101
318-677-3100 
www.nsula.edu 

Southern University at Shreveport

3050 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Shreveport, LA 71107
318-670-6000
www.susla.edu 

Libraries

Barksdale AFB Education and Academics Libraries

 


Public libraries in Shreveport-Bossier City offer learning, recreation, distance education, internet connections and other resources for users — all for free. In addition, school libraries that support the curriculum and offer internet access and additional resources are in most public and private schools, and academic and special libraries are found in colleges and universities. The Louisiana State Library, www.state.lib.la.us, supports libraries in the state with resources, interlibrary loan and other assistance.

Residents can enjoy and make use of two public library systems in Shreveport-Bossier City. Get information about these systems’ branches, services, hours and events by visiting their websites; both central systems have many branches. For a full list of libraries in Louisiana, visit the Louisiana State Library website.

The following public library systems serve Shreveport-Bossier City.

Bossier Parish Libraries

Central Branch
2206 Beckett St.
Bossier City, LA 71111
318-746-1693
www.bossierlibrary.org/bossier-central-branch 

Shreve Memorial Library

Main Branch
424 Texas St.
Shreveport, LA 71101
318-226-5897
www.shreve-lib.org 

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