Early College Academy

Summary:

Early College Academy is a high-performing public high school in Lafayette, Louisiana, serving grades 9-12 and consistently ranking among the top schools in the state. With exceptional academic performance, strong subgroup results, and a diverse student population, Early College Academy stands out as a model for excellence in education.

Academically, Early College Academy shines, with 100% proficiency in U.S. History, 99% in English I, and 100% in Geometry - significantly higher than the Lafayette Parish and Louisiana state averages. The school's performance is particularly impressive for various student subgroups, ranking 4th out of 308 high schools for female students, 3rd out of 292 for male students, 4th out of 252 for African American students, and 4th out of 249 for white students. Additionally, Early College Academy ranks 1st out of 285 high schools for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

The diversity of Early College Academy's student body is also noteworthy, with a population that is 64.49% white, 19.59% African American, 3.27% Hispanic, 4.9% Asian, and 7.35% two or more races. While the school's free and reduced lunch rates have fluctuated, ranging from 15.59% to 42.09%, this is still lower than some nearby schools, such as Northside High School (83.36%) and Carencro High School (68.7%). This diversity likely contributes to the school's inclusive and enriching learning environment.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 320 Devalcourt Drive
       Lafayette, LA  70506-4124


(337) 521-8956

District: Lafayette Parish

SchoolDigger Rank:
1st of 326 Louisiana High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,894 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  28.1 Help
Number of students:  245

Racial breakdown:

White:
64.5%
African American:
19.6%
Two or more races:
7.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  29% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Early College Academy ranks better than 99.7% of high schools in Louisiana. It also ranks first among 9 ranked high schools in the Lafayette Parish School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 97.04. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (64.5%), African American (19.6%), two or more races (7.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 29% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Early College Academy is 28.1. 8 high schools in the Lafayette Parish School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Early College Academy is $6,894. 8 high schools in the Lafayette Parish School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Early College Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Early College Academy 1st of 326 Louisiana public high schools. (See Early College Academy in the ranking list.)

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Lafayette Parish:

SchoolDigger ranks Lafayette Parish 24th of 114 Louisiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Early College Academy

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Rank History for all students at Early College Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 88.64 13th 300 95.7%
2012 88.81 11th 310 96.5%
2013 85.31 9th 312 97.1%
2014 84.49 9th 309 97.1%
2015 85.82 1st 312 99.7%
2016 87.14 3rd 297 99.0%
2017 86.80 5th 297 98.3%
2018 88.95 7th 302 97.7%
2019 95.42 5th 313 98.4%
2021 96.11 5th 322 98.4%
2023 97.04 1st 321 99.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Early College Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 96.95 3rd 301 99.0%
2021 98.10 1st 285 99.6%
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Rank History for Female students at Early College Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 95.03 2nd 292 99.3%
2023 95.65 4th 308 98.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Early College Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 96.26 3rd 291 99.0%
2021 98.24 3rd 292 99.0%
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Rank History for African American students at Early College Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 98.81 3rd 233 98.7%
2021 99.09 3rd 243 98.8%
2022 99.41 2nd 256 99.2%
2023 99.02 4th 252 98.4%
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Rank History for White students at Early College Academy

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 93.33 6th 249 97.6%
2023 95.06 4th 249 98.4%
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Data source: test scores: Louisiana Dept of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

Early College Academy Test Scores
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Data source: Louisiana Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Early College Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2009 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 0
2010 67 31 4 2 0 n/a n/a 0 104
2011 101 49 5 5 0 0 0 0 160
2012 124 62 7 9 1 0 0 0 203
2013 139 62 7 10 1 0 0 0 219
2014 157 67 8 12 1 0 2 0 247
2015 167 69 10 11 1 0 2 0 260
2016 166 64 14 12 2 0 3 0 261
2017 170 63 12 11 1 0 3 0 260
2018 162 54 14 15 1 0 3 0 249
2019 161 58 17 15 0 0 6 0 257
2020 178 55 16 14 1 0 6 0 270
2021 189 52 18 11 1 0 7 0 278
2022 178 45 17 9 1 0 13 0 263
2023 158 48 12 8 1 0 18 0 245

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Early College Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2009 0 0.0 n/a n/a
2010 104 2.5 41.6 37.5
2011 160 n/a n/a 27.5
2012 203 n/a n/a 41.9
2013 219 6.0 36.5 31.1
2014 247 6.0 41.1 29.6
2015 260 8.0 32.5 34.6
2016 261 8.0 32.6 34.9
2017 260 7.0 37.1 44.2
2018 249 13.0 19.1 33.3
2019 257 8.0 32.1 31.5
2020 270 8.0 33.7 30
2021 278 8.0 34.7 42.1
2022 263 8.0 32.8 15.6
2023 245 8.6 28.1 29

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Early College Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2009 0 0.0 n/a n/a
2010 104 2.5 41.6 37.5
2011 160 n/a n/a 27.5
2012 203 n/a n/a 41.9
2013 219 6.0 36.5 31.1
2014 247 6.0 41.1 29.6
2015 260 8.0 32.5 34.6
2016 261 8.0 32.6 34.9
2017 260 7.0 37.1 44.2
2018 249 13.0 19.1 33.3
2019 257 8.0 32.1 31.5
2020 270 8.0 33.7 30
2021 278 8.0 34.7 42.1
2022 263 8.0 32.8 15.6
2023 245 8.6 28.1 29

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Early College Academy

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2017 $6,458
2018 $6,792
2019 $6,832
2020 $6,894

Data source: Louisiana Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Early College Academy

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 5th of 313 High schoolsRanks 1st of 321 High schools
 1.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course U.S. History (Early College Academy)100100
   End of Course U.S. History (Lafayette Parish)6359
 4%
   End of Course U.S. History (Louisiana)5954
 5%
End of Course English I (Early College Academy)10099
 1%
   End of Course English I (Lafayette Parish)6772
 5%
   End of Course English I (Louisiana)7167
 4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students257245
 4.7%
African American5848
 17.2%
American Indian01
Asian1712
 29.4%
Hispanic158
 46.7%
Pacific Islander00
White161158
 1.9%
Two or More Races618
 200%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients31.5%29%
 2.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Early College Academy

Yes! Early College Academy is one of the best high schools in the state. It ranks 1st of 326 Louisiana high schools.

Students at Early College Academy are 64% White, 20% African American, 7% Two or more races, 5% Asian, 3% Hispanic.

In the 2022-23 school year, 245 students attended Early College Academy.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Louisiana Dept of Education.

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