The Louisiana Department of Education reports there are 1,303 public schools within 70 districts in the state. Louisiana ranked number one in the nation in 2019 for improved math scores and proficiency rates in 8th-grade. The state’s rate of improvement in scores since 2009 far exceeds the national average, with an increase in the percentage of students earning exemplary scores since implementing new standards-aligned tests.
For other school options, Louisiana has 140 special-focus charter schools. While enrollment is free, a lottery decides attendance if more families enroll than there are seats available in the charter school. Louisiana offers a few different scholarship and voucher programs that enable parents to select a school of their choice, including private school and homeschooling. The state has over 400 private schools available with a faith-based or special curriculum. As for homeschooling, families have to notify the state of their homeschool status by October 1 each year. Other school options in Louisiana include magnet schools, online schools, and learning pods.