Best Schools in Louisiana for Teachers
The top schools in Louisiana offer teachers the opportunity to work with high-achieving students from all backgrounds, with the support and resources that make it possible for both students and educators to succeed. Getting hired by these institutions will require more than Louisiana teacher certification, but dedicated and passionate teachers have nothing to lose by applying to these fine school:
Benjamin Franklin High School
Benjamin Franklin High School is not just one of the top schools in Louisiana, it is one of the top schools in the nation. This charter school serves New Orleans’s brightest youth, including about 40 percent who are economically disadvantaged and 50 percent non-white. In 2009, Businessweek rated Ben Franklin the No. 1 high school in Louisiana based on overall academic performance, and Ben Franklin rated 27th on both U. S. News & World Report’s and Newsweek’s 2011 national high school rankings, higher than any other Louisiana school. The school is located in the Orleans Parish school district in the city of New Orleans, but as a magnet school, it draws qualified applicants from school districts throughout the city.
Baton Rouge Magnet High School
Baton Rouge Magnet High School is the second-ranked Louisiana high school onNewsweek’s 2011 list of the nation’s best high schools. The school is located in the East Baton Rouge Parish school district in the city of Baton Rouge, and with a 100 percent graduation rate and a 92 percent college enrollment rate, working with these engaged and successful young people will be a rewarding job for any teacher. The 26-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio will allow you to work a little more closely with your students than you would be able to in most public schools.
Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts
Located in the city of Natchitoches, Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts is a competitive residential magnet school which students attend for their last one, two or three years of high school. LSMSA is the third-ranked Louisiana high school on Newsweek’s 2011 list of the nation’s best high schools. The school has a 98 percent graduation rate and a 99 percent college enrollment rate. The 15-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio provides educators with the opportunity to really get to know their students, fostering a level of academic and creative engagement rare in public schools.
Calvin High School
Calvin, in the Winn Parish school district of the city of Calvin, is one of only three high schools listed on the Louisiana Department of Education’s list of “High Performing, High Poverty” schools. Of its students, 60.4 percent receive free or reduced lunch, yet 85.7 percent graduate — which is 15 percent above state average. One key to the school’s success is its small size, serving 316 students with a student-to-teacher ratio of 17.5-to-1, according to SchoolDigger.com. Calvin is the perfect destination for teachers interested in working closely with economically disadvantaged children in one of Louisiana’s best schools.
You can find out how to become a teacher in Louisiana here.