Elementary & Secondary Education


Public Schools 

Calcasieu Parish ranked in the top 25 schools in Louisiana for college readiness according to US News World and Report: Barbe (15), Westlake (18), & Sulphur (21) high schools. 

Southwest Louisiana is proud to have many distinguished graduates of our elementary and secondary public school systems that include Dr. Michael DeBakey, noted heart surgeon and creator of M.A.S.H. units, David Filo, co-creator of Yahoo!, Ralph Eggleston, 2000 Academy Award winner for animation and artistic director of Toy Story, and Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America and Tony Award winner.
School System Notables
Beauregard Parish earned a 116.3 - "B" rating its 2013 District performance school, and ranks first in the state for highest graduation rate with a 90.2% graduation rate. Beauregard Parish has nine schools earning either an "A" or "B' on their 2013 School Performance Scores.

Dolby Elementary School was selected National Network of Partnership Schools 2013 Partnership School.
Sam Houston High School was selected 2014 National Athletic Trainers' Association Safe Sports School 2nd Team.

Vincent Settlement Elementary School selected as 2008 No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon School.
Westwood Elementary and Frasch Elementary Schools received the Chamber Foundation’s Southwest Louisiana Quality Award of Significant Progress.

Jade Welch of Kinder Elementary School, Krista Davis of Elizabeth High School, and Ashley Miles of Kinder High School were the 2014 Allen Parish Teachers of the Year.

William Bundy of Oak Park Elementary, Darnold Catlon of Jake Drost School, and Alicia Jones of Westlake High were the 2014 Calcasieu Parish Teachers of the Year.

Rachael Benoit of Lacassine Elementary, Christopher Martin of Lake Arthur High School, and Vickie Dees of Jennings High were the 2014 Jeff Davis Teachers of the Year.

DeRidder High, South Beauregard High, and DeRidder Junior High are AdvanceED Accredited schools.  Eddie Joslin, principal of DeRidder Junior High School was a finalist in the 2013 Principal of the Year program sponsored by the State Department of Education. 

Sowela Technical Community College designed the Fast Track Process Technology Program at the request of local industrial employers.  Sowela designed and delivers a compressed format Process Technology Program that allows select individuals possessing a college degree to enroll and earn 40 credit hours of Process Technology coursework in one 16 week semester.  This allows someone wishing to change careers a rapid response and access to the training necessary for them to interview for an entry-level process technician position.

McNeese State University Student created an Innovation Center and Innovation Minor available to all its students. The minor uses real world business cases presented by industry leaders with students working in groups and on their own to analyze problems and develop solutions.  Instructors are mentors in this interactive learning environment and students gain confidence in their ability to think creatively and communicate meaningfully creative ideas.  The classroom and lab are located in the new SEED Center and are equipped with state-of-the-art resources and technology.

For information on individual public schools in Southwest Louisiana, contact the following:

Michael K. Doucet, Superintendent

Allen Parish Schools

P.O. Drawer C

Oberlin, LA 70655


Charles Adkins, Superintendent

Cameron Parish Schools

P.O. Box 1548

Cameron, LA 70631-1548


Tim Cooley, Superintendent

Beauregard Parish Schools

P.O. Drawer 938

DeRidder, LA 70634-0938


Brian LeJeune, Superintendent

Jefferson Davis Parish Schools

P.O. Box 640

Jennings, LA 70546



Karl Bruchhaus, Superintendent

Calcasieu Parish Schools

1724 Kirkman Street

Lake Charles, LA 70601

Non-Public/Private Schools

Kimberlee Gazzolo, Superintendent

Lake Charles Catholic Diocese

1112 Bilbo Street

Lake Charles, LA 70601

337-433-9640 #200

Dr. Ray Shawa
1415 Eighth Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Frances C. Kay

Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School

715 Kirkman Street

Lake Charles, LA 70601



Home Schooling
626 North 4th Street
P.O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064
(225) 342-3473

Higher Education


McNeese State University, located in Lake Charles, has an approximate student population of 8,400. Founded as a junior college division of Louisiana State University in 1939, it is today now a fully accredited university operating under the Louisiana Board of Trustees. It provides notable degree programs including an MBA program and degrees in Nursing, Engineering, Education, etc. All in all, McNeese offers over 100 degree programs.


For more information, contact:
Registrar's Office
P.O. Box 92495
Lake Charles, LA 70609-2495
(337) 475-5151


Career & Technical Education


The mission of SOWELA Technical Community College is to provide an accessible, affordable, quality education that prepares students for employment, advanced studies and career enrichment. The area has numerous vocational technical schooling available ranging from hair care to business to electronics to nursing to fashion. Technical schools provide resident necessary training for future jobs. The Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) has demonstrated a commitment to employers by offering a "Day One Guarantee” that will promise a highly skilled, trained workforce and free retraining for any graduate not meeting the needs of businesses.

For more information, contact:

Sowela Technical Community College

Office of the Registrar

P.O. Box 16950

Lake Charles, LA 70616-6950

(Phone) 337-421-6565


Sowela Technical Community College - Morgan Smith Site

P.O. Box 1327

1230 North Main Street
Jennings, LA 70546-1327
(Phone) 337-824-4811
(Fax) 337-824-5653

Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Oakdale Campus

P.O. Drawer EM

117 Highway 1152
Oakdale, LA 71463
(Phone) 318-335-3944
(Fax) 318-335-3347  



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