When it comes to public education in Northeast Louisiana, families find excellent options both within the city of Monroe, which operates its own district, and outside city limits at schools operated by the Ouachita Parish School System. Louisiana has received multiple No. 1 ratings from Education Week for teacher training, a tradition that benefits students at both public and private schools across the state.
In 2014, three of 18 finalists for Louisiana Student of the Year were students at Ouachita Parish public schools. In 2013, the Louisiana State Department of Education designated 19 sites in Monroe and West Monroe as "Top Gains" schools in recognition of exemplary student academic progress. Children can start kindergarten at an A-rated parish campus and then progress to highly regarded middle and high schools within the same local community.
Monroe private schools vary in size and educational outlook. Area private schools provide both traditional and progressive learning opportunities, but challenging coursework, lively sports programs and nurturing campuses with high expectations for achievement and character are unifying themes. Qualifying high school students can earn college credit hours through dual enrollment programs in partnership with the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Louisiana Tech University.