French Immersion group will ask for state charter

Posted at 11:40 AM, Apr 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 12:40:26-04

After trying to work with local school systems, with only mixed success, an Acadiana French Immersion group will be asking the state for a charter for their planned Sunset school. 

The Academie FrancoLouisianaise had hoped to refurbish an historic abandoned school in Sunset this fall, with students from St. Landry and Lafayette parishes. 

But the Lafayette School Board refused to allow any parish students to attend the school, and the St. Landry School Board put a cap of 30 students on the plan. The school estimates it needs 60 students to begin, which shouldn’t be a problem because 85 parents already have expressed interest – even without any recruitment efforts at all on the part of Academie. 

The school’s board has voted to file an application in June for a state-granted charter, said spokesman Stephen Ortego. That means the school won’t open this fall. 

However, Ortego said the group is planning a summer camp, and is investigating a possible preschool class for this fall. 

If the state grants the group a charter, children from any parish could attend. That means the parents from Carencro who already have expressed interest would be able to send their children to the school. 

If you’d like more information on the planned school, or you’d like to sign up to receive information about the plans, visit the group’s Facebook page here