Alexandria is a major education center for all of Central Louisiana. It features a number of high schools, colleges and universities and private schools. Described below are some of the major educational facilities in the area.
Louisiana Christian University
Louisiana Christian University (formerly Louisiana College) is a private institution of higher education located in Pineville. Affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention, it serves approximately 1,500 students.
The university was founded on October 3, 1906, and is situated on an 81-acre campus in Pineville. The school has twenty-five academic and residential buildings.
It awards the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work, and Bachelor of General Studies degrees and offers more than seventy majors, minors and pre-professional programs.
Its athletic teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Wildcats are a member of the American Southwest Conference (ASC); and formerly competed in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer and tennis; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball and tennis.
For more information, visit the website of Louisiana Christian University
Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA)
Louisiana State University at Alexandria is a full 4-year university with an enrollment of 5,400 students for the Fall 2024 semester. It is located just south of Alexandria.
In 1974 LSUA was accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate degrees.
The Louisiana Legislature passed legislation (Senate Bill 853) in 2001 to allow LSUA to offer baccalaureate degrees, and in 2003 LSUA began offering four baccalaureate degrees.
For more information, visit the website of Louisiana State University at Alexandria
Central Louisiana Technical Community College
Alexandria serves as the main campus for the Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC). The campus is located in Alexandria at 4311 South MacArthur (see photo below). The Alexandria Campus is situated on several acres and consists of nine main buildings that house instructional, laboratory, and administrative space.
Central Louisiana Technical Community College is a two year public technical community college offering associate degrees, certificates, and diplomas that prepare individuals for high demand occupations. The college continuously monitors emerging trends by maintaining proactive business advisory committees and delivering on-time industry based certifications and high quality customized training for employers.
CLTCC comprehensive educational programs that meet the needs of students and the community. Such programs may include career and technical education and training, workforce development training, adult basic education, continuing education, general education, associate degree programs, college transfer degree programs and other educational programs and opportunities.
A project is now underway to build a new campus in downtown Alexandria at the corner of Jackson Street and 5th Street (across from Emmanuel Baptist Church). The total investment $21.6 million. (see artists drawing below).
For more information, visit the website of the Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC)
Rapides Parish School System
The Rapides Parish School Board operates a system of high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, the Rapides Training Academy and other facilities.
For detailed information on schools, visit the official website of the Rapides Parish School Board.
Bolton High School
The current Bolton High School building opened on November 2, 1926 at 2101 Vance Avenue on 15 acres of land. The classical revival style building was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
Bolton High School is renown for its strength in the academic arena. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Bolton as one of the best high schools in the nation for the last three years.
Bolton students have the highest ACT scores in the parish, and Bolton has produced more National Merit Scholars than any other school. Bolton offers 19 Advanced Placement courses and has won the District Literary Rally for over 30 years. Students may enroll in college classes and virtual school courses as well as the regular curriculum.
Peabody Magnet High School
Peabody High School has a long, storied history and proud tradition in Alexandria education, dating back to 1895, and a strong alumni base in Alexandria and across the nation.
In later years the school was renamed Peabody Magnet High School and attracts students from around the Alexandria area with wide-ranging academic offerings.
Peabody's program includes classes in engineering studies, pre-law, media communications, medical studies, animation design and other areas.
Alexandria Senior High School is located off Jackson Street Extension in Alexandria. The official address is 800 Ola, Alexandria, 71303. For more information, phone 318.448.8234.
The school offers a large variety of academic programs, choir, the arts, sports, ROTC and clubs.
Holy Savior Menard Central High School is a Catholic co-educational high school, grades seven through twelve. It is physically located at 4603 Coliseum Blvd (Highway 28 West). Phone 318.445.8233 for more information.
The curriculum and environment at Holy Savior Menard are designed for the development of the whole person and vigorously encourage academic excellence. The curriculum of Holy Savior Menard promotes the traditional qualities of a Catholic education: high academic standards, discipline, personal and community development, and commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The school was an outgrowth and merger of two previous Catholic schools in Alexandria.
Menard Memorial High School for boys, was operated by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. Classes started on January 6, 1925, and continued through the 1965-66 school year.
Providence Central High School was a Roman Catholic school for girls operated by the Sisters of Divine Providence in Alexandria on Elliott Street, between 21st Street and Chester Street, from 1914 - 1968. The old school building and the land it sat on were sold to Our Lady of Prompt Succor Parish when the new co-ed Holy Savior Menard Central High School was built in 1967.
Pineville High School
Pineville High School is the largest high school in Rapides Parish. The school's enrollment is approximately 1,400 students as of the 2012-2013 school year. The school has approximately one hundred faculty, staff, and administrators.
The school is designated as a magnet center for the creative and performing arts, which hosts award-winning programs in theatre, visual arts, and musical performance. Athletic teams include football, baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, track and field, powerlifting, swimming, and softball.
Alexandria Country Day School
Alexandria Country Day School was founded in 1969, and is an independent, coeducational school. It is non-sectarian, and serves grades Prekindergarten 3 through 8. ACDS offers a challenging curriculum as well as many opportunities to excel in athletics and in the arts.
The school is located at 5603 Bayou Rapides Road.
Grace Christian School
The mission of Grace Christian School is to educate students from a Biblical perspective, thus equipping them to impact their world in a restorative and healing way.
It is located at 4900 Jackson Street in Alexandria.
Montessori Educational Center
Although the majority of Montessori schools in the United States are pre-schools, Montessori programs exist for children from birth through the age of eighteen. Montessori Educational Center offers a program for children ages 3 through 12.
Montessori is located at 4209 North Bolton Avenue in Alexandria.