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Lafourche Parish Public Schools

Street address:
805 East 7th Street
Thibodaux, LA  70301

Mailing address:
PO Box 879
Thibodaux, LA  70302

Telephone: (985) 446-5631
FAX: (985) 446-0801

Located in South Louisiana, the Lafourche Parish Public Schools serve about 15,000 students in 30 schools, with approximately 2,300 employees.  Our Superintendent is Jo Ann Matthews, Ed. D.  Our publicly elected school board establishes policies for our school system.

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Welcome Letter from the Superintendent 2018-19

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Dear Parents, Students, Employees, and Friends of the Lafourche Parish School District:

Welcome to what promises to be another fantastic school year in Lafourche Parish! It’s hard to believe that it is time for the 2018-19 school year to begin.  I hope that you had an enjoyable summer with family and friends. 

Whether you are new to the Lafourche Parish School District or a returning student/family, we look forward to you being a part of the LPSD Family and hope that you become involved in our schools.  I encourage every student and parent to embrace the opportunity to make this a great year.

Teachers and administrators have been busy over the summer preparing for the 2018-19 school year.  Teachers and administrators have participated in professional development to improve the instructional opportunities of students.  Our teachers and principals continue refining assessments, aligning instruction to standards, and improving communication with students and parents regarding what students must know and be able to perform.  Our #1 goal is to improve student learning.  Regardless of where students begin the year, we want to help them advance their critical thinking, knowledge, skills, and ability to problem solve.  If you have a question about what is occurring in your child’s class, please contact your child’s teacher.  Your child’s classroom teacher is always the place to start.  If you still have concerns, then you should contact your child’s principal.  We all need to work together to benefit our students.

So, to that end, our staff of highly qualified and dedicated professional educators and support personnel are committed to providing our students many opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom, for high caliber and quality learning, continual growth, leadership opportunities and achieving at a high level of excellence!  We encourage and look forward to you partnering with us to help your child along his/her PreK-12 educational journey.

We look forward to a very positive and productive year together, and we extend a special, yearlong invitation to our parents to join us at school activities and events whenever possible. We want, we need, and we value your involvement and support in your child’s education!

 “Reaching for Excellence”


Jo Ann Matthews, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Basic Information

Located in South Louisiana, the Lafourche (pronounced la-FOOSH) Parish. Lafourche Parish, southwest of New Orleans along the banks of Bayou Lafourche, is a part of Acadiana, or French Louisiana, home of the Cajun people. The Cajuns trace their ancestry to the French-speaking Acadians who migrated from Acadie (now Nova Scotia) in the mid-18th century. Bayou Lafourche, and therefore the parish, get their names from the Cajun French "La Fourche" meaning "fork" used to describe how the bayou was once a descending fork of the Mississippi River.

CAJUN ('ka:-j@n), n. A person born or living along the bayous, marshes and prairies of south Louisiana; devoted to gumbo, etouffee, fricass, sauce piquante, jambalaya, and crawfish; dedicated to the fais-do-do, Cajun French music, hard work and letting the good times roll (laissez les bons temps rouler!).

Lafourche Parish spans about 1,000 square miles of area and has an estimated population of 88,000. Major industries include seafood production, offshore oil and gas drilling and services, shipbuilding and repair, and sugar cane farming and milling. Thibodaux, the parish seat, has an estimated population of 15,000 and is home to Nicholls State University.