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Lafourche Parish Public Schools

Street address:

805 East 7th Street

Thibodaux, LA  70301

Mailing address:

P O 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.

Welcome Letter from the Superintendent 2017-18

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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!  We are incredibly excited and know that this year will bring more golden opportunities for our students to learn and excel as we strive to find ways that will increase student achievement.  As we begin this new year, we pledge to you, our students and parents, that this will be a wonderful year of engaging, meaningful and rigorous work in our classrooms.  In addition, we will include opportunities to experience some fun and special times through a plethora of extracurricular clubs and activities, performing arts, and athletic teams and events.


During this 2017 - 2018 school year, we will continue to build upon and refine our foundation of good work and many worthwhile traditions, with none being more important than continuing to build upon our tradition of excellence in education.  Our vision for our students?  Simply put:  Become Lifelong Learners . .  Realize Their Full Potential . . Appreciate the Importance of Their Education . . Become Empowered for Success!


So to that end, our staff of highly qualified professional educators and support personnel are committed to providing our students many opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom, for high caliber and quality learning, continual growth, leadership opportunities, and achieving at a high level of excellence!  We pledge that this will be our focus daily, and we invite and encourage you to work in partnership with us to seize these opportunities.


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

Lafourche Parish School District

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.