Natchitoches Central High School

Summary:

Natchitoches Central High School is a public high school serving 1,245 students in grades 9-12 in Natchitoches, Louisiana, part of the Natchitoches Parish School District. This diverse school consistently outperforms the parish and state averages in academic metrics, with particular strengths in the performance of certain student subgroups.

Natchitoches Central High School stands out for its racial diversity, with a student population that is 55.02% African American, 36.71% White, and smaller percentages of other races. The school's academic performance is also impressive, with proficiency rates exceeding the Natchitoches Parish and Louisiana state averages in End-of-Course exams across subjects like Algebra I, Geometry, and English II. Notably, the school ranks highly for the academic achievement of its White and multi-racial students, as well as its low-income students.

While the school's overall performance is strong, its special education subgroup lags behind, suggesting an area for potential improvement. Compared to nearby schools like Montgomery High School and Lakeview Junior/Senior High School, Natchitoches Central High School outperforms these institutions across various academic metrics. Additionally, the school's proximity to the highly-ranked Louisiana School for Math, Science & the Arts may provide opportunities for collaboration and resource-sharing that could further benefit its students.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 6513 Hwy. 1 South Bypass
       Natchitoches, LA  71457


(318) 352-2211

District: Natchitoches Parish

SchoolDigger Rank:
113th of 326 Louisiana High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,874 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  15.2 Help
Number of students:  1,245

Racial breakdown:

African American:
55.0%
White:
36.7%
Two or more races:
4.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  94.4% Help


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Compare Details Natchitoches Central High School ranks better than 65.3% of high schools in Louisiana. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 66.04. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (55%), White (36.7%), two or more races (4.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 94.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Natchitoches Central High School is 15.2. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Natchitoches Central High School is $10,874.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Natchitoches Central High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Natchitoches Central High School 113th of 326 Louisiana public high schools. (See Natchitoches Central High School in the ranking list.)

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Natchitoches Parish:

SchoolDigger ranks Natchitoches Parish 35th of 114 Louisiana school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Natchitoches Central High School

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Rank History for all students at Natchitoches Central High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 47.48 180th 290 37.9%
2008 49.79 160th 291 45.0%
2009 46.14 179th 301 40.5%
2010 49.60 180th 297 39.4%
2011 53.13 162nd 300 46.0%
2012 49.96 190th 310 38.7%
2013 61.40 129th 312 58.7%
2014 56.70 158th 309 48.9%
2015 58.08 160th 312 48.7%
2016 53.36 173rd 297 41.8%
2017 57.94 157th 297 47.1%
2018 47.48 171st 302 43.4%
2019 55.22 142nd 313 54.6%
2021 58.25 135th 322 58.1%
2022 61.34 129th 326 60.4%
2023 66.04 110th 321 65.7%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Natchitoches Central High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 83.30 6th 39 84.6%
2022 64.94 12th 47 74.5%
2023 66.64 12th 50 76.0%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Natchitoches Central High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 39.61 69th 122 43.4%
2021 21.58 105th 135 22.2%
2022 24.48 107th 139 23.0%
2023 20.49 115th 138 16.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Natchitoches Central High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 50.10 154th 301 48.8%
2021 44.18 165th 285 42.1%
2022 65.34 86th 322 73.3%
2023 69.17 66th 321 79.4%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Natchitoches Central High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 95.81 1st 23 95.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Natchitoches Central High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 56.58 138th 292 52.7%
2021 57.80 127th 288 55.9%
2022 62.09 122nd 311 60.8%
2023 66.24 107th 308 65.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Natchitoches Central High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 56.83 128th 291 56.0%
2021 55.59 130th 292 55.5%
2022 58.34 124th 301 58.8%
2023 61.43 116th 306 62.1%
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Rank History for African American students at Natchitoches Central High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 56.98 79th 233 66.1%
2021 57.74 83rd 243 65.8%
2022 61.86 71st 256 72.3%
2023 56.64 93rd 252 63.1%
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Rank History for White students at Natchitoches Central High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools LA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 70.83 58th 249 76.7%
2021 75.90 36th 245 85.3%
2022 70.99 50th 250 80.0%
2023 83.58 23rd 249 90.8%
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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.

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Enrollment information for Natchitoches Central High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1332 1332
1990 667 704 2 2 0 n/a n/a 0 1375
1991 635 741 1 1 1 n/a n/a 0 1379
1992 647 751 2 1 0 n/a n/a 0 1401
1993 680 790 6 11 1 n/a n/a 0 1488
1994 685 777 2 5 3 n/a n/a 0 1472
1995 686 787 4 5 2 n/a n/a 0 1484
1996 686 787 4 5 2 n/a n/a 0 1484
1997 656 770 6 8 3 n/a n/a 0 1443
1998 652 790 4 12 3 n/a n/a 0 1461
1999 673 820 7 13 8 n/a n/a 0 1521
2000 679 780 4 14 4 n/a n/a 0 1481
2001 631 767 7 15 6 n/a n/a 0 1426
2002 578 727 7 11 11 n/a n/a 0 1334
2003 578 727 7 11 11 n/a n/a 0 1334
2004 590 686 7 14 10 n/a n/a 0 1307
2005 601 693 6 14 8 n/a n/a 0 1322
2006 597 746 5 14 8 n/a n/a 0 1370
2007 569 796 3 18 6 n/a n/a 0 1392
2008 512 766 6 14 12 n/a n/a 0 1310
2009 493 740 6 17 11 n/a n/a 0 1267
2010 464 774 9 20 9 n/a n/a 0 1276
2011 473 707 4 8 16 0 22 0 1230
2012 476 780 7 21 20 1 17 0 1322
2013 501 796 3 23 19 1 19 0 1362
2014 540 802 5 25 20 1 22 0 1415
2015 565 790 2 25 22 1 22 0 1427
2016 539 783 5 31 15 1 24 0 1398
2017 514 781 6 25 16 0 19 0 1361
2018 492 776 5 26 15 0 25 0 1339
2019 444 788 2 24 11 1 27 0 1297
2020 442 769 3 26 10 0 30 0 1280
2021 457 757 5 24 12 0 36 0 1291
2022 448 682 2 28 12 0 41 0 1213
2023 457 685 2 39 11 0 51 0 1245

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 Natchitoches Central High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 1332 79.5 16.7 18.9
1990 1375 78.0 17.6 29.1
1991 1379 80.0 17.2 30.4
1992 1401 76.0 18.4 29.7
1993 1488 84.0 17.7 29.8
1994 1472 82.0 18.0 27.9
1995 1484 85.2 17.4 42.1
1996 1484 85.2 17.4 42.1
1997 1443 79.0 18.3 42.4
1998 1461 83.9 17.4 42.3
1999 1521 86.0 17.7 48.9
2000 1481 86.0 17.2 47.5
2001 1426 85.0 16.8 49.8
2002 1334 86.6 15.4 51.9
2003 1334 86.6 15.4 51.9
2004 1307 85.8 15.2 53.1
2005 1322 87.6 15.1 54.4
2006 1370 84.0 16.3 55.5
2007 1392 66.6 20.9 53.6
2008 1310 72.8 18.0 58.2
2009 1267 96.9 13.1 58
2010 1276 96.8 13.1 62.7
2011 1230 98.6 12.4 61.5
2012 1322 96.8 13.6 63.5
2013 1362 98.8 13.7 65.9
2014 1415 91.6 15.4 62.5
2015 1427 87.0 16.4 60.5
2016 1398 120.0 11.6 65.2
2017 1361 85.8 15.8 43.7
2018 1339 72.1 18.5 51.7
2019 1297 58.1 22.3 45.8
2020 1280 58.3 21.9 51
2021 1291 59.3 21.7 94
2022 1213 72.2 16.7 92.3
2023 1245 81.8 15.2 94.4

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 Natchitoches Central High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 1332 79.5 16.7 18.9
1990 1375 78.0 17.6 29.1
1991 1379 80.0 17.2 30.4
1992 1401 76.0 18.4 29.7
1993 1488 84.0 17.7 29.8
1994 1472 82.0 18.0 27.9
1995 1484 85.2 17.4 42.1
1996 1484 85.2 17.4 42.1
1997 1443 79.0 18.3 42.4
1998 1461 83.9 17.4 42.3
1999 1521 86.0 17.7 48.9
2000 1481 86.0 17.2 47.5
2001 1426 85.0 16.8 49.8
2002 1334 86.6 15.4 51.9
2003 1334 86.6 15.4 51.9
2004 1307 85.8 15.2 53.1
2005 1322 87.6 15.1 54.4
2006 1370 84.0 16.3 55.5
2007 1392 66.6 20.9 53.6
2008 1310 72.8 18.0 58.2
2009 1267 96.9 13.1 58
2010 1276 96.8 13.1 62.7
2011 1230 98.6 12.4 61.5
2012 1322 96.8 13.6 63.5
2013 1362 98.8 13.7 65.9
2014 1415 91.6 15.4 62.5
2015 1427 87.0 16.4 60.5
2016 1398 120.0 11.6 65.2
2017 1361 85.8 15.8 43.7
2018 1339 72.1 18.5 51.7
2019 1297 58.1 22.3 45.8
2020 1280 58.3 21.9 51
2021 1291 59.3 21.7 94
2022 1213 72.2 16.7 92.3
2023 1245 81.8 15.2 94.4

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 Natchitoches Central High School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2017 $10,418
2018 $10,763
2019 $10,921
2020 $10,874

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Natchitoches Central High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 142nd of 313 High schoolsRanks 110th of 321 High schools
 11.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course Algebra I (Natchitoches Central High School)7162
 9%
   End of Course Algebra I (Natchitoches Parish)6760
 7%
   End of Course Algebra I (Louisiana)6764
 3%
End of Course Geometry (Natchitoches Central High School)5984
 25%
   End of Course Geometry (Natchitoches Parish)5576
 21%
   End of Course Geometry (Louisiana)6861
 7%
End of Course English II (Natchitoches Central High School)7869
 9%
   End of Course English II (Natchitoches Parish)6661
 5%
   End of Course English II (Louisiana)6967
 2%
End of Course U.S. History (Natchitoches Central High School)5867
 9%
   End of Course U.S. History (Natchitoches Parish)4657
 11%
   End of Course U.S. History (Louisiana)5954
 5%
End of Course English I (Natchitoches Central High School)7271
 1%
   End of Course English I (Natchitoches Parish)6567
 2%
   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 Students12971245
 4%
African American788685
 13.1%
American Indian1111
Asian22
Hispanic2439
 62.5%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White444457
 2.9%
Two or More Races2751
 88.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients45.8%94.4%
 48.6%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 1,245 students attended Natchitoches Central High School.

Natchitoches Central High School ranks 113th of 326 Louisiana high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Natchitoches Central High School are 55% African American, 37% White, 4% Two or more races, 3% Hispanic.


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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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