Early College Academy 


The Lafayette Parish School System and South Louisiana Community College have teamed up to create the LPSS-SLCC Early College Academy.

This academy is based on the early college high school model, which assumes that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money, is a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges.
Early college high schools blend high school and college work in a rigorous yet supportive program, compressing the time it usually takes to complete a high school diploma and a college degree.


Students attend high school on the campus of the South Louisiana Community College. Academy students will complete the regular TOPS curriculum, following the state’s regular high school curriculum. The courses taken to complete the curriculum requirements are a combination of high school classes and dual enrollment college classes.  

At the end of their four years of high school, these students will have achieved a high school diploma as well as an associate’s degree in general studies/liberal arts.

ECA was recognized from 2014-2018 by Newsweek magazine as one of America’s Top High Schools and in 2015-2018 by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best High Schools.

Many high school clubs are available for student involvement, as are student dances and prom.  
Transportation will be provided by the Lafayette Parish School System to and from designated bus stops throughout Lafayette parish.

Students and their families are not responsible for the costs of tuition for any college classes that students take for the first time, but they are responsible for the cost of college textbook rentals.
ECA students are encouraged to use technology in all classes. Students may use their personal laptops or tablets or may borrow a school-provided laptop, when available.

For a full look at the curriculum requirements, please contact the Early College Academy @ (337) 521-8956