Press Release


The Vermilion Parish School System continued to lead the way in the Acadiana area for DIstrict Performance Scores as they were released by the Louisiana Department of Education on Wednesday.

Vermilion’s score of 89.2 not only led the area, but also garnered a #10 statewide district ranking. This score signified a slight growth in scores from last year’s simulated sps scores. 

“We are happy with the outcomes, but we know we still have work to do as a district,” said Superintendent Tommy Byler. “Our overall district score is not quite where we were before Covid and two hurricanes affected our district, but we do feel like we are well on our way back to recovering and moving back up at the state level.”

Of the state’s 20 largest districts by student population, which Vermilion is #20, the district’s SPS score ranked #2 overall. Only Ascension Parish had a higher SPS in the group of school systems.

As individual schools, Vermilion finished with 9 schools receiving an “A” rating, 8 with a “B” rating and 3 with a “D” rating.

“Our individual school rankings were a mix of some great accomplishments and a few schools that we will need to continue working to improve our efforts,” added Byler. “Our administrators and teachers have done a great job of overcoming the obstacles that have been thrown their way. “

Erath High School led the way for Vermilion with a #6 overall ranking in high schools with a score of 113.6. This score put them holding on to the distinction of the #1 traditional school as the top 5 are selected admissions or magnet programs. 

Kaplan High School, #11 overall and #5 traditional and North Vermilion High School #16 traditional achieved Top 20 status in the 180 9-12 high schools in the state.

Indian Bayou Elementary claimed the top elementary score in the parish at 99.6. This was a #20 ranking of the 552 elementary schools. 

Erath Middle School was the parish’s top middle school scoring a 91.0. This was good enough for a #29 school ranking of the 288 middle schools in the state.

Vermilion had the distinction of being one of 20 systems that had an overall A ranking in the growth component. Kaplan Elementary and Indian Bayou were ranked in the Top 25 of all schools in the state for growth.

“Growth is a huge component and a primary goal for all of our schools.” stated Byler. “It is our responsibility to reach all students and this state recognition in the growth category shows that we are doing a great job.”

“ I just want to congratulate all of our stakeholders for these scores, but know that we will continue to work each and every day to continue and grow our students. Our kids are more than just a number, but when the numbers match the work effort, it does bring a sense of pride to all of our Vermilion parish communities,’ added Byler.


Vermilion 89.2

Lafayette 84.8

St. Mary 80.2

Iberia 77.7

Acadia 77.1

Evangeline 73.7

St. Landry 70.6

St. Martin 68.2