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LA DoE releases list of schools participating in voucher program

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The rush is on to apply for the State's new school voucher program. It is an opportunity for parents to place their children into a school that is not failing, but the spaces in the schools are limited.

In the State of Louisiana, more than 5,000 students can apply for the new taxpayer funded voucher's that pays for private and parochial schools. The Department of Education was swamped by phone calls starting at 7 o'clock Tuesday morning.

"We've answered several hundred phone calls," said Rene' Greer a spokesperson for the Department. "There's a lot of interest from families already. We have been working through the process even before the legislation was signed into law."

Teachers Unions are skeptical saying there is a chance that parents who would not normally apply for a voucher, would. "Parents who currently have their kids enrolled in private schools, if the private school they attend chooses to take vouchers, they could certainly take their child, enroll them at a qualifying school get a voucher and go right back to the school they came from," said Mary-Patricia Wray of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers.

Greer says they have already thought of those issues and vows it won't happen in Louisiana. The program applications process will last six weeks and the selection process is not time sensitive meaning you can sign up at any time without preference to who is first.

There are some qualifications that need to be met to be eligible for a voucher. To be eligible, a child must have been enrolled in a public school during the 2011-2012 school year that was labeled C, D or F, unless a student is entering kindergarten for the first time in the 2012-2013 school year.

Students must also be a resident of Louisiana and meet income eligibility requirements (family income in 2011 cannot exceed 250% of the federal poverty guidelines), which means a family of four cannot make more than $55,000 per year. Continuing students who were awarded a scholarship in the previous year are also eligible.

To fill out the application, click here to print it out.

Applications will be accessible online and on-site at any participating school. Students will submit completed applications no later than Friday, June 29th. After the application process is completed and eligibility is determined, the Department will identify scholarship recipients through a prioritized lottery process in July. All applicants will be notified of the results of the lottery, no later than July 31.

For more information about the scholarship program, please contact Studentscholarships@la.gov or call the Louisiana Department of Education's Help Center at 1-877-453-2721.

Tonight on 9News at 5 and 6, hear

Below is a list of schools and how many slots are available per grade at the school.

School

Parish

K

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Total

Ascension Catholic Diocesan Regional School

Ascension

8

4

4

1

1

2

2

6

6

6

1

 

 

41

Ascension Christian

Ascension

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

10

20

20

20

80

Faith Academy

Ascension

2

4

6

0

8

8

5

5

 

 

 

 

 

38

St. Elizabeth

Assumption

 

2

2

2

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

St. Mary's Assumption

Avoyelles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

3

 

 

 

 

6

Dreamkeepers Academy

Caddo

 

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

Evangel Christian Academy

Caddo

20

5

5

5

5

0

0

10

10

10

5

5

0

80

St. Joseph School

Caddo

 

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

Annunciation Catholic

City of Bogalusa

4

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

Quest School

City of Monroe

 

 

 

2

3

1

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

8

Redemptorist Elementary

East Baton Rouge

60

9

9

9

6

2

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

100

Angles Academy

East Baton Rouge

10

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

106

Gardere community Christian School

East Baton Rouge

5

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

Greater Mt. Olive Christian Academy

East Baton Rouge

16

18

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50

Hosanna Christian Academy

East Baton Rouge

50

50

50

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

200

Jehova-Jire Christian Academy

East Baton Rouge

10

10

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

Louisiana New School Academy

East Baton Rouge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

13

26

26

26

26

130

Our Lady of Mercy School

East Baton Rouge

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

Redemptorist High School

East Baton Rouge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

 

 

14

Redemptorist Junior High School

East Baton Rouge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

8

14

 

 

 

29

Riverdale Christian Academy

East Baton Rouge

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

6

5

5

5

3

 

30

St. Alphonsus School

East Baton Rouge

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

St. Francis Xavier

East Baton Rouge

13

15

14

9

9

13

14

8

 

 

 

 

 

95

St. Louis King of France

East Baton Rouge

8

4

4

4

2

2

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

28

St. Michael the Archangel High School

East Baton Rouge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

2

the Dunham School

East Baton Rouge

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

St. John Elementary School

Iberville

5

6

6

1

1

1

2

3

 

 

 

 

 

25

St. John High School

Iberville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

2

Catholic Elementary School of Pointe Coupee

Pointe Coupee

4

4

 

4

4

4

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

24

Catholic High of Pointe Coupee

Pointe Coupee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

2

2

 

 

 

6

Cenla Christian Academy

Rapides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

12

12

12

12

12

72

St. Francis Cabrini

Rapides

5

5

8

5

5

8

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

41

Our Lady of Grace

St. John the Baptist

45

13

15

17

12

14

12

12

10

 

 

 

 

150

Ascension of Our Lord

St. John the Baptist

5

6

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

St. Charles Catholic High 

St. John the Baptist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

2

2

2

9

St. Joan of Arc Catholic School

St. John the Baptist

15

8

7

2

 

5

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

41

Steps to Success Learning Center LLC

St. John the Baptist

 

3

5

3

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Central Catholic HS

St. Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

6

9

5

5

 

34

Northlake Christian Elementary School

St. Tammany

2

4

2

6

2

4

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

Northlake Christian High School

St. Tammany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

4

4

4

6

6

30

St. Margaret Mary

St. Tammany

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

St. Peter Catholic School

St. Tammany

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

The Upperrom Bible Church Preschool and Academy

St. Tammany

40

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

80

Holy Ghost Catholic School

Tangipahoa

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

4

Mater Dolorosa Catholic 

Tangipahoa

2

2

2

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School

Tangipahoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

5

5

 

19

St. Joseph Catholic School

Tangipahoa

0

0

0

1

0

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Maria Immacolato

Terrebonne

2

5

2

2

0

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

St. Bernadette

Terrebonne

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

Holy Family School

West Baton Rouge

 

1

2

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

Trinity Christian Academy

Zachary/East Baton Rouge

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

10

10

5

 

 

 

35

(Note: Schools on this list are just in the Greater Baton Rouge area. To see a full list, go to http://www.louisianaschools.net/topics/scholarships_availability.html. To see the schools by map, go to http://www.louisianaschools.net/resources/community/scholarships_map.aspx.)

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