Students have options in Shreveport. Across Louisiana, children can attend schools outside of their district as long as they've entered into an agreement with their current school. But most students and parents remain happy with Shreveport's Caddo Public School District, the largest employer in Caddo-Parrish County. The district includes 50 elementary schools, 24 middle schools and 18 high schools.
Shreveport is home to several universities, including Southern University. Southern University operates on a two-year program and was established in 1967. The historically African American college has numerous other locations, with the the original and best-known campus located in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana State University Shreveport, a branch of the Louisiana State University System, is the only public four-year university in the Shreveport area. The size of the campus is relatively small, around 4,000 students, and houses no on-campus dormitories. Despite its small size, the university has gained accolades for its hands-on faculty and its Health Science Center.
Centenary College of Louisiana, the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River, also calls Shreveport home. The college, originally located in Jackson, LA, dates back to 1825 and has seen its fair share of history outside the classroom. During the Civil War the college was used as a Confederate hospital, and eventually moved to its permanent Shreveport location in 1908. Today, the school can be recognized by its Georgian architecture and is consistently ranked high college and university rankings.