How Are Schools in the Louisiana Scholarship Program Performing?

How Scholarship Schools Get Rated

Any student that enrolls at a Catholic school and receives a voucher through the Louisiana Scholarship Program is required to take the state’s exams (same as public schools). Student achievement on these assessments is used to determine if a school can continue to participate in the program.

Similar to the report card grades public schools receive, scholarship schools get what is called a Scholarship Cohort Index (SCI)—basically a rating to show how the students at the school performed on the state tests. The SCI ranges from 0-150.

If the school receives an SCI below 50 in the second year of participation or any year after that, the school is put on probation and will not be allowed to accept additional Scholarship students the next school year. Students at probation schools can choose to stay or leave the school. If they decide to leave, they will have priority in the lottery to attend another participating school the following year. 

Scholarship School Ratings

As of October 2017, the SCI ratings for the 2016-17 school year have not been released. The following scores are from the 2015-16 school year. 

The schools highlighted below received an SCI below 50 and were on probation last year (2016-17 school year).

2015-16 SCI Scores for NOLA Catholic Schools Participating in the Scholarship Program

Ascension of Our Lord School 64.2
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
48.3
Our Lady of Prompt Succor School
84.4
Our Lady of Prompt Succor School
55.6
Resurrection of Our Lord School 71.9
St. Alphonsus School59.6
St. Anthony School
65.5
St. Augustine Senior High School*
27.8
St. Joan of Arc School
60.0
St. Joan of Arc School48.2
St. Leo the Great School
75.5
St. Mary's Academy53.0
St. Peter Claver School
63.4
St. Rita School
59.8
St. Stephen School
60.9
St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory School
31.3
St. Augustine Jr. High School
49.4
Good Shepherd Nativity Mission School
80.2
St. Benedict the Moor90.5

* Due to poor performance, St. Augustine Senior High School is no longer accepting scholarship students.