Skip To Main Content

School Choice

Pre-K student plays with another student at a center


The Ascension Parish School Board is required by both Federal law and the Louisiana School Accountability Program to develop and maintain a Public School Choice policy for any school with a School Performance Score (SPS) below levels set by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). School Choice allows eligible students to transfer to an academically acceptable school.

Once schools eligible to receive students have been identified, a school-site utilization study shall be conducted as needed in all schools to determine the extent to which capacity exists in order to possibly accommodate students from schools offering choice, including students with special needs and/or students with disabilities. Only those schools that are labeled academically acceptable shall be considered eligible to receive students.

The Superintendent and staff shall be responsible for developing and managing a School Choice Plan, which shall determine the schools to which students may transfer, which students shall have priority in transferring, and all other regulations and procedures for supervising school choice within the school district. 


Notification of parents of their school choice options shall be sent as early as possible, but not later than the first day of the school year for the schools that are required to offer choice. If there are no choice options available, this information shall be included in the notification sent parents.


All students in a school required to offer choice shall be eligible to transfer. However, the School Board shall give priority students from the lowest performing schools.


Unless a violation of a court order, the parent or legal guardian of any student may seek to enroll his/her child in the public school of his/her choice, without regard to residence, school system geographic boundaries, or attendance zones, provided that: 

The public school in which the student was most recently enrolled, or would otherwise attend, received a school performance letter grade of D or F for the most recent school year, and
The school to which the student seeks to enroll received a school performance letter grade of A, B, or C, for the most recent school year, and has sufficient capacity at the appropriate grade level.
For intra-district transfers (transfers between schools in the same school district) the Ascension Parish School Board defines capacity for each school as the maximum number of available classroom spaces (to include occupancy for teacher planning time as required by law) multiplied by the maximum number of students per classroom while considering instructional effectiveness according to staffing formulas. The Planning and Construction Department maintains updated data for capacity of each campus.

The Ascension Parish School Board designates March 1st through March 28th as the designated School Choice transfer request period for the upcoming school year.

Prior to the transfer request period, the School Board shall notify parents and legal guardians of students enrolled in schools that received a D or F school performance letter grade of the following:

The provisions of the Louisiana Public School Choice policy;
Schools under the jurisdiction of the School Board that received an A, B, or C school performance letter grade, if any;
The process for submitting student transfer requests; and,
The page on the Louisiana Department of Education’s website that contains school performance data.
Transportation shall not be provided to a student who enrolls in a public school that is located outside the geographic boundaries of the School Board in which the student resides, if providing such transportation will result in additional cost to the School Board.

The Superintendent shall be authorized to develop pertinent administrative regulations and procedures governing students seeking enrollment under the Louisiana Public School Choice section of this policy. Such regulations and procedures shall include entering into inter-district agreements with other city, parish, or local School Boards to provide for the admission of students, and the transfer of school funds or other payments by one School Board to another for, or on account of, such attendance.

Enrollment under Louisiana Public School Choice shall only be for one school year, or applicable portion thereof, if a student enrolls after the start of the school year.



Purpose:  To offer families in schools that have not met state targets for improving the achievement of all students the chance to transfer their children to other public schools that have met state targets in the same district. Students will be allowed to remain at the school of choice through the last grade. 


Revised:  August, 2004

Revised:  November 16, 2021

Ref:    La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:105, 17:4035.1

Louisiana School, District, and State Accountability System, Bulletin 111, Louisiana Department of Education

Board minutes, 5-15-01, 7-17-01, 10-17-06, 9-16-14

Ascension Parish School Board


To see more of this school board policy and others head to our school board policy website, CAPS:

Choice Students can attend any school in the district with a C or better, but Ascension Public Schools only provides transportation to the schools listed below:

2023-2024 Schools Eligible for Choice and Receiving School

Choice Schools Receiving Schools
Donaldsonville Primary Lake Elementary
Lowery Elementary Lake Elementary
Lowery Middle Prairieville Middle