Rapides Parish School System, Louisiana

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Rapides Parish School System is a school district in Louisiana. In the 2011-2012 school year, Rapides Parish was the eighth-largest school district in Louisiana and served 24,028 students.[1]

About the district

Rapides Parish School System is located in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.
Rapides Parish School System lies in central Louisiana in Rapides Parish. The seat of parish government is Alexandria. Rapides Parish was home to approximately 132,723 residents according to 2013 estimates by the United States Census Bureau.[2]


Rapides Parish underperformed compared to the rest of Louisiana in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 18.3 percent of Rapides Parish residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 21.4 percent for Louisiana as a whole. The median household income for the parish was $40,946 compared to $44,673 statewide. The poverty rate in the parish was 19.9 percent compared to 18.7 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
Race Rapides Parish (%) Louisiana (%)
White 64.1 63.5
Black or African American 32.0 32.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 0.8
Asian 1.4 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander >0.05 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 2.8 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern, Rapides Parish[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 20,045 37,193
2008 20,127 36,611
2004 18,904 34,492
2000 18,898 28,831

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4]


Rapides Parish School System does not publish its annual budget on its website.[5]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $197,803,000 88.9% $9,945,000 4.5% $11,421,000 5.1% $3,133,000 1.4% $215,000 0.1% $222,517,000
Averages: $197,803,000 89% $9,945,000 4% $11,421,000 5% $3,133,000 1% $215,000 0% $222,517,000