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Public Schools in Lake Charles offer diverse educational programming from kindergarten through 12th grade. Learning opportunities are developed to challenge student knowledge and their creativity shapes campus life.

Elementary students at public schools in Lake Charles report on campus happenings through closed-circuit newscasts; middle school students design comic strips as part of an in-depth study of molecules and chemical compounds; and innovative elements of high school curricula include classes in topics as varied as infection control, animation, website design, film production, law and criminal justice.

In Lake Charles and nearby communities, high school campuses are recognized throughout the state and nation for excellence in academics as well as athletics. In 2013, twenty-four football players from three Calcasieu Parish high schools — Sulphur, Sam Houston and Alfred M. Barbe — were named to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Division 5A All-Academic team.

Areas of excellence include:

  • A pioneering gifted program allowing elementary, middle and high school students across the parish to gather for enrichment classes
  • Campus clubs and activities as varied as rodeo, show choir, ukulele band and robotics
  • Dual-enrollment programs for earning college credit hours in law, aerospace technology and sports medicine
  • Foreign-language immersion programs in French and Spanish beginning in kindergarten
  • Industry-driven vocational training, preparing students for careers in firefighting, nursing, welding, pharmacy and drafting
  • Traditional and online access to more than 50 college-level Advanced Placement classes for high school students
  • Alfred M. Barbe High School

    Alfred M. Barbe High School in Lake Charles is an 8th-through-12th-grade school offering a variety of opportunities to students and promoting high academic achievement. Community service is also an area of emphasis at Barbe with students raising more than $31,500 for lung-cancer research in the 2013-14 academic year. >>

  • Moss Bluff Elementary School

    North of Lake Charles is Moss Bluff Elementary School, a pre-kindergarten-through-5th-grade community school with an A rating from the Louisiana Department of Education for 2014-15. A feeder school to the highly-ranked Moss Bluff Middle and Sam Houston High campuses, Moss Bluff Elementary includes music and the use of technology in the classroom as important areas of focus. >>

  • Moss Bluff Middle School

    Moss Bluff Middle School is a 6th-through-8th-grade campus where students learn video and music production, create cartoons in connection with the study of molecules, design and perform original experiments, and promote tolerance campus-wide through stage productions featuring anti-bullying themes. >>

  • Sam Houston High School

    Located in fast-growing Moss Bluff in northern Lake Charles, Sam Houston High School is a high-performing Calcasieu Parish school. Sam Houston students excel in class 5A athletic and academic competitions, and 94 percent of them are proficient in core subjects such as algebra, English and biology. >>

  • S.J. Welsh Middle School

    Students at S.J. Welsh Middle School in Lake Charles can earn high school credits in algebra and other subjects, explore world history through art or participate in the school’s ukulele band. >>

  • Sulphur High School

    Standout elements of Sulphur High School’s educational approach include a separate 9th-grade campus, vocational classes in welding, nursing and other fields as well as extensive visual arts classes. Students at this suburban campus accelerate in sports and academics alike: nine members of the 2013-14 boys soccer team were named to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Academic All-State Team. >>

  • St. John Elementary School

    St. John Elementary School in Lake Charles is a prekindergarten-through-5th-grade campus with a strong arts program. It also places special emphases on physical fitness and character development, as well as community service. >>

  • Vincent Settlement Elementary School

    Vincent Settlement Elementary School in Sulphur is a prekindergarten-through-5th-grade campus with an A rating from the Louisiana Department of Education in 2014-15. Ninety-six percent of students at this Calcasieu Parish school met or surpassed grade-level expectations for academic achievement in 2013. >>

  • W.W. Lewis Middle School

    W.W. Lewis Middle School is a 6th-through-8th-grade campus in suburban Sulphur that offers students classes in subjects ranging from horticulture to gifted algebra. The school’s Rebels football team went undefeated during the 2013 season. Student-led community service projects are an important element of campus life at Lewis Middle. >>