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Old 01-19-2013, 05:30 PM
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My husband just recently came upon a job opportunity that would allow us to move to SBC from New Orleans. We have 3 children ages 11, 7 and 3. I've been reading up on the thread to get an idea of what to expect and from what I've gathered, it seems that Southeast Shreveport or North/South Bossier are the best places for a family to live as far as housing, schools and lower crime rates. After taking a look at some subdivisions, I came across Provenance Community and fell in love with it. I was wondering if you could tell me what are the best schools in that area. We currently pay for private school because public schools are so terrible in NOLA and would love to get the same quality education for free. Is that possible living in Provenance or would we still be paying for private school? Are the magnet schools the way to go?


Would we just be better off living in Benton to receive the best schooling?
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:13 PM
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If you're looking at private shools here's a quick list:
Southfield Elementary is a private school and is a short drive from your area depending on route.
You might also want to check with some of the church-based schools too, St. Mark's (Episcopal) isn't far
from Southfield, and First Baptist of S'port's School. Also is Loyola Prep (Catholic).
These schools are all in the Highland area.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:03 PM
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Thanks for the reply. Are private and/or church schools the only way to receive a good education in that area or could we get the same quality at a public school?
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:02 PM
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I need to also say that I am partial to Bossier. N. Bossier is newer and sprawling and not a bad choice however you should take a look at South Bossier past Jimmie Davis Bridge as it has some newer neighborhoods and good schools and there is more expansion to come. Plus you're just 12 minutes away from the Youree Drive commercial corridor with all the newer stores, hospitals, etc. It's almost like living in Broadmoor or University Trace without being in Caddo.

Sorry, I was focusing on private academies since that's what you've been doing where you currently live. BTW, I forgot to mention St. Joseph's (Catholic) school in Broadmoor.

Not sure where you'd send your kids to school if you live in Provenance. Best bet would be to contact the Provenance HOA office there and get some ideas / parents who may be willing to talk about their school choices or contact the Caddo parish school system: Caddo Parish School Board | Schools

Public schools in the area are a mixed bag. The Caddo parish school district has been going through reorganization and it seems they are about to kick the current school superintendent to the curb and not renew his contract as he has ruffled the feathers of various folks with his school closures and cost-cutting measures. Test scores have been historically poor but are on the upswing but there is much more to be done.
I do believe you can get a good public education but you have to appreciate the various demographics of various areas and the socio-economic dynamics therein. You need to perform your due diligence and I would suggest you ask around, get some names & leads of parents who live in Provenance and ask them what they do. I would guess that a majority probably send their kids to some private option. Was there any school suggestion on Provenance's website? Most realtors will have some reference to share with a prospective homebuyer, if they don't... it could be an oversight or they simply don't have any local options to share.

There is the South Highlands Magnet school set up and they do have a decent rep. But based on your zipcode, the Caddo Middle Magnet school is an area you could look at. Magnet schools are considered to be better performing schools and there is an application process so you will need to do your research before assuming that your kids can be considered for attendance.

Keep in mind that like a lot of cities in the south, Shreveport is fragmented with good & bad neighborhoods. Provenance & Southern Trace are areas that the upper-middle class folks have settled in as they seek a buffer from the fragmentation that South & SW Shreveport has in terms of demographics & socio-economic factors. You may wind up driving through some of these fragmented areas to get what you seek in a good public education.

Word to the wise, perform your due-diligence. Good luck.
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