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Old 08-16-2010, 06:39 AM
 
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I am 24 year old secondary school teacher from Zachary, LA just north of baton rouge. I am considering moving to Lafayette. I really live the v
Culture but I'm nervous about leaving home. Which place is better Lafayette or Baton Rouge? How are the school systems?
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:26 AM
 
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I've lived in both cities.

Lafayette, hands down across the board.
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:43 PM
 
Location: City of Central
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Your questions need to be more specific .
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Youngsville, LA
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...I really live the v Culture...
Forgive me, but I'm kind of an old dude. Just what does this mean?

What I can tell you is that public education in Lafayette isn't half bad, depending (of course) on where the school is located. Many good (and exceptional) public schools are here, but some are quite the polar opposite that could use an infusion of new talent and ideas... Interested?

My older sister taught in the very worst of Lafayette public schools, but completely fell in love with her students, but did have to call the LPD on occasion. Certainly NOT the best teaching gig, but she still treasures many of those memories, as well as the existing relationships she maintains with those (now in college) students who escaped...
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
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In terms of living, I would definitely choose Baton Rouge over Lafayette. There's so much more to do in the state's capital. In terms of school systems, I don't know the answer to that.
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Old 08-17-2010, 03:48 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm also a teacher. I have looked extensively into moving to Lafayette and teaching in LPSS. (And will do so one of these years.) From what I have read, it seems like a well run, innovative school system. Unfortunately, I can't give you a balanced opinion since I don't know anything about Baton Rouge schools.

I don't know how much time you've spent in Lafayette, but I think it's a charming little city.

Good luck,
Scott
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Old 08-17-2010, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Pereira, Colombia
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Lafayette, 100X over. The schools are way better. I was a teacher at Carencro High which is considered a really "rough" school by Lafayette people, and it was a really nice place to teach, some really good kids too. Lafayette to me has a much higher quality of life, I'm originally from New Orleans and parts of Baton Rouge have poverty/crime/living standards that don't even seem possible in this country. Baton Rouge might be bigger but I don't feel like there's too much to do outside of the university.
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Old 08-17-2010, 04:29 PM
 
Location: City of Central
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and parts of Baton Rouge have poverty/crime/living standards that don't even seem possible in this country. Baton Rouge might be bigger but I don't feel like there's too much to do outside of the university.

Apparently you live under a rock . There's so much wrong with both statements I don't know where to start . You need to get out more .
Go to East L.A. or Detroit , and then tell me how Baton Rouge compares .
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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the problem with how schools are rated in Louisiana and Lafayette, is basically that some of the worst students bring down the overall testing scores. However, there are also very very bright students to be found in the public schools. Many of them are straight A students who go on to become valedictiorian and graduate with high masters degrees. Definitely Id say the public school system can be as good or bad as a person wants to make it. There are advanced courses and curriculums, as well as creative extracurricular formats like the gifted program at Paul Breaux.
I ppersonally went to Acadian middle school, which ranks very very low on the scales, but I met some of the greatest, most intelligent teachers while there. The main issue was that there were certain groups who were troublemakers and severely affected the overall experience of being there. Overall though, I enjoyed my time going to the schools on the northside of town...well excuse me, I meant "Upper Lafayette"
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Old 08-20-2010, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Pereira, Colombia
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Yes, Baton Rouge pales in comparison to Detroit, but it's still pretty bad. I'm not necessarily referring to just crime, but the poverty is UGLY there. Would you take a stroll through Scotlandville? I wouldn't. And I lived in the hood in Lafayette. The old Mississippi River Bridge, when you're still on the west side.. that doesn't look like its part of a developed country. Plus why would you want to live in the vicinity of so many noxious chemical plants? I value a life without cancer. There, it's done, I said it, I won't speak on the subject any longer.

In terms of things to do, I'm just listening to all the people who go to LSU. I keep hearing the uniform cry of "We love, LSU, but we HATE Baton Rouge. When school is out there is absolutely nothing to do". I'm just taking it from people who live there, not my own distorted sense of the city's highs and lows

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