Oct 7, 2010 7:47 PM by Carolyn Cerda
School performance scores were released Thursday by the Louisiana Department of Education. Among the results, was some good news for the Lafayette Parish School System. The district is now home to six 4-star schools, more than any other district in Acadiana. Joining Woodvale Elementary and Paul Breaux Middle, from last year, are Broadmoor Elementary, Green T. Lindon Elementary, Milton Elementary and the Early College Academy.
ECA, Louisiana's first and only early college academy, is receiving its first school performance score since opening three years ago. Lafayette Parish School Board administrators, including Superintendent Burnell Lemoine, decided to share the good news in person. They gathered faculty and students together at the campus, which is located inside the South Louisiana Community College campus, and made the announcement.
"I was very pleasantly surprised," said ECA Coordinator, Robin Olivier. "I was aware that our students had performed well. We had received the scores in early spring, but I had not looked at the big picture in comparison to the rest of the district and of course the rest of the state. So, I was very excited, very amazed, very proud of our students who worked very hard to achieve this distinction."
The results are something administrators are confident they can maintain.
"It's very important to set a high standard so the students coming in know our focus is on academic rigor," said Olivier.