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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Rapides Parish Public Schools is an above average, public school district located in Alexandria, LA. It has 23,139 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 62% of students are at least proficient in math and 70% in reading.
619 Sixth Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
70%
Percent Proficient - Math
62%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1120
58 responses
Average ACT
23
1,226 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
23,139
Free or Reduced Lunch
72.5%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$60,719
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.2%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$10,625/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    59%
  • Support Services
    34%
  • Other
    7%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$40,353
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$818
National
$949
Median Home Value
$140,200
National
$184,700

Rapides Parish Public Schools Reviews

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My experience with the Rapides Parish Public Schools is that the main focus is one sports and test scores. While I understand that test scores are what determines the funding that schools get, I would have liked to be taught how to think for myself and be able to learn about things happening in our world now rather than hundreds of years ago. As for sports, team members are held to a different standard than the rest of the student body. It is acceptable for those students and the students on spirit organizations to be able to bend the rules as it is convenient to ensure a win. However, there are many teachers in this district that make you feel heard, and treat you not as just someone for their SLT, but someone who is going out into the world to do great things.
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The Rapides Parish public schools are some very good schools. The teachers I’ve had have always been very good teachers that truly want to help there students succeed in school. The food has been great in my opinion but I would love to see a little more food on the plate and more types of food. The music area is a good part of Rapides parish public schools also. I have spent my entire time at high school in band and choir and love being in it. There is a big parent involvement in are band but not so much in the schools academic area. My school also has a lot of clubs. Some of the clubs include chess club, bass club, best buddies club, and art club.
My biggest complaint regarding the Rapides Parish Public schools is the lack of "attendable" options and overcrowding I gave a decent review because my child went the specific schools in the Parish that are "attendable." The majority of public schools in this parish would definitely not receive this kind of rating. The "good" schools are few and far between in this parish ESPECIALLY for junior high. One junior high in particular is VERY over crowded because its is the only one worth attending or sending your child too. MANY MANY parents fake addresses to get into this school, this says a LOT about the other junior highs in the area.