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Welcome to the City of Carencro, where we take pride in maintaining a community-oriented quality of life, along with a progressive approach to business. Located near the crossroads of I-10 and I-49, Carencro is perfectly situated for economic development interests, as well as for families seeking a community to call home.

A leisurely down-home atmosphere, along with a progressive approach to business, make Carencro truly the best of both worlds. Just outside the city of Lafayette, we benefit from the resources available there. Yet, we maintain our own identity as a quiet community, just beyond the hectic pace of urban life. In Carencro, you really can be in the middle of it all and away from it all at the same time.

Education The Lafayette Parish School System operates four public schools in Carencro.

Carencro Heights Elementary enrolls students in grades K-5.
- Received the U.S. Department of Education National Distinguished Title I School Award in 1998.

- The KIDZ Eagle Vision News Teams broadcast live daily at Carencro Heights Elementary via closed circuit television. Each team consists of three 3rd-grade reporters.

- Classrooms feature networked computers.

- Students benefit from Computer Assisted Instruction labs, the Accelerated Reader Program and the Primary Academic Creative Education Program.

Live Oak Elementary built in 1999, has an enrollment of approximately 700 students in grades K-5.
- Model site for Positive Behavior Intervention Support

- Over 3/4 of the classrooms have Promethean Interactive Boards

- Model site for United Way Readers Program

- Partner with Carencro High School for reluctant reader mentoring

- 239 computers with Internet access

- Active 4H Club, PACE Art program, and French Enrichment Classes

Carencro Middle School, built in 1982, enrolls 924 students  in grades 5-8.

- All CMS classrooms have Internet access and are equipped  with the latest technologies available.

- Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) scores  increased an average of 9 percent in both language arts and math from 1998-1999  to 1999-2000.

- Girls’ volleyball, basketball and track teams were Parish  Champs in 1998-1999 and 1999-2000.

- Boys’ football and basketball teams were Parish Champs in  1998-1999 and 1999-2000; track team was Parish Champ in 1998-1999.
Carencro High School, grades 9-12, offers the following  opportunities to students:

- Traditional academic classes including Advanced Placement,  Honors, Regular and Resource;

- Advanced technology offered in computer classes, including  Webmastering, Digital Graphics and Animation, Business Computer Applications,  Computer Science I and II, Desktop Publishing and Keyboarding;

- A “High Schools That Work” school, which  includes:

  • application and hands-on classes,
  • Technology Education classes, where students explore  pneumatics, electronics, robotics, meterorology and aviation;
  • Physics for Technology which includes an exploration of  the principles of physics in laboratory settings,
  • outstanding Business, Family and Consumer Science,  Agri-Science and Industrial Technology classes preparing students for immediate  employment;

- Numerous clubs and extracurricular activities;

- Outstanding male and female athletic programs that compete  for state championship honors on a regular basis.

In addition, Carencro High is home to the Academy of  Information Technology. Established in 2000, the academy introduces students to  the broad career opportunities in today’s digital workforce and, in the  process, equips them with the personal, analytical, technical &  communications skills they need to thrive. A member program of The National  Academy Foundation (NAF), The Academy Of Information Technology operates as a  school within a school and is located in high schools nationwide.

Academy Focus – To introduce students to the many career opportunities in  today’s digital workforce – To equip students with the personal, analytical, technical  & communication skills that are necessary to be successful in today’s job  market. – To provide a new context for learning through building  motivation, confidence & a sense of personal worth.

Academy Benefits – Strong encouragement of students to pursue TOPS graduation  requirements. – Potential for earning academic or career/technical diploma  endorsement. – Recommended coverage of a world language. – Graduates are better prepared for employment & have  more positive career outcomes. – Enhanced opportunities for employment after graduation. – Clear vision of connections between what is learned in  school & the larger world. – Potential for earning industry certification while in high  school. – Intense exposure to computer applications. – Historically, 100 percent of academy students graduate  from high school.

All public school students who reside in Lafayette Parish  may apply to and be accepted into the academy, regardless of the high school or  middle school they currently attend. For more information, contact Kit Becnel,  director, 896-6675, or Joel Hilbun, co-director, 896-2811.

Carencro Catholic School (Pre-K-8) is operated by the  Diocese of Lafayette.

Easy access to outstanding higher education resources is  afforded by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. UL is the second largest  university in the state, with an approximate enrollment of 16,000. A selective  admissions university, it is classified as a Doctoral II research institution  and is home to the National Wetlands Research Center, the NASA Regional  Applications Center and the Center for Advanced Computer Studies. UL has  distinguished itself in the areas of computer science, biology and Francophone  studies. It’s also recognized for its athletic teams, known by the descriptive  moniker, the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Louisiana Technical College-Lafayette Campus is a two-year  open admissions campus designed to provide training for entry into business and  industry. Programs cover a variety of employment fields, as well as certificate  or diploma options. In addition, individuals already employed can receive  advanced and supplementary skills training from LTCL.

NORTH REGIONAL LIBRARY Carencro residents enjoy numerous services provided by the  North Regional Library, part of the Lafayette Public Library System. Opened in October  2007, the North Regional Library has a large selection of books, magazines,  DVDs and audio books, and music CDs for checkout, plus an in-house reference  collection. An active children’s department features materials especially for  preschoolers and young readers, and conducts a summer reading program. With  daily courier service, library patrons have easy access to materials from the  Main Library. Public access computers at the library allow anyone to search for  information on the Internet.
Located at 5101 North University Avenue, adjacent to the  Carencro Community Center, the 12,000-square-foot facility includes a  Children’s Storytelling “Kaleidoscope” Room, meeting and study rooms,  a Friends Shop (Magasin d’amis), a Teen Area, and a special Genealogy Area.

The North Regional branch is managed by Peggy Thibodeaux.  Staff members Kathy Hudson and Genella Fontenot conduct story times for  preschoolers and toddlers. Visit the library’s web site for a list of programs  for all ages.
Library hours are 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.- 6  p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday       and 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. on Sunday. To find out  more, or to join the Friends of the Library, call 337-896-3866 or 337-896-6323.  You can download a membership form here as a PDF.

CHURCHES First Baptist Church 242 St. Pierre Blvd. 896-8296 Brother Nick Peters, pastor

First Baptist Church was established in 1960.

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church 410 N. Michaud St. 896-8304 Fr. John G. “Buddy” Breaux, pastor

Mass Schedule:     Saturday at 4:00 p.m.       Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish was founded in 1925 under  the direction of the Holy Ghost Fathers. The church was built in 1926. A school  was organized by Saint Katharine Drexel, which served the community for several  years.

St. Peter Roman Catholic Church 102 Church St. 896-9408 Fr. Bill Melancon, pastor

Mass Schedule:     Monday and Friday at 5:30 p.m.     Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 a.m.     Wednesday at 12:05 noon     First Saturday at 8:30 a.m.     Saturday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.       Sunday at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

St. Peter’s was the first church parish of Carencro,  established in 1874 as St. Pierre. The current church building, constructed in  1904 by Hector Connolly, is the fifth church building for the parish. Its four  predecessors were destroyed by fire or weather-related disasters. The church is  a recommended stop for visitors to Acadiana, because of its historical nature  and its artistic details. It features stunning woodwork, including dual altars  made in Belgium in the late 1800s for the Chicago World’s Fair. Also of note  are the coats-of-arms on the pew ends, carved by a Bavarian craftsman, and the  stained glass, made in Alsace, depicting scenes from the life of St. Peter.

The St. Anne Society has been part of St. Peter’s community  for more than 100 years. The Canadian priests who served as pastors brought the  devotions from Canada. Every year from July17-25, novena prayers and Holy Mass  beginning at 6:15 a.m. are offered with hundreds of members of the Society  participating. On July 26th, the Feast of St. Anne is celebrated with a  procession to the church, followed by Holy Mass and closing novena prayers.

Temple Baptist Church   3501 N. University 886-1555

History The early Carencro Prairie was inhabited by two main tribes  of Native Americans – the Attakapas and the Opelousas. They saw few outsiders  prior to the mid-18th century. Those who settled in the region came primarily  from six areas: Nova Scotia, the Canary Islands, France, the British Isles,  Germany and Africa. The first settler in the Carencro area was Louis Pierre  Arceneaux, a native of Beaubassin, Nova Scotia, who established himself in  Carencro in 1765. Like most of the settlers who came to Carencro, then known as  St. Pierre, between 1765 and 1803, Arceneaux was an Acadian exiled from Nova  Scotia by the British. An 1803 census showed 32 Acadian families who formed the  backbone for development of the area. They were soon joined by Anglo-Americans  and settlers of Spanish descent. There were also some families who came  directly from France and Germany. By 1810, the number of families had grown to  50.

The Black population grew rapidly with the gradual increase  of the slave trade. Most slaves came from West African villages along the  coast. Although slavery was illegal in the colonial Attakapas District, pirates  such as Jean Lafitte and James Bowie brought in captured slaves, and the  Spanish government did little to enforce restrictions.

In the late 1800s, Carencro became the largest shopping  center in the area, with a number of merchants conducting business with several  surrounding towns. By 1890, the population was 287 and the town had a hotel,  town hall, two private schools and a hook and ladder company. At the turn of  the century, the population had grown to 445.

(From “The History of Carencro,” St. Pierre  Genealogical Society Archives)

OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION SCHOOL In 1924, Mother Katharine Drexel, foundress of the Blessed  Sacrament Sisters, opened a three-room school for the African-American children  of the Carencro area. Our Lady of the Assumption School began with 175 students  and three lay teachers, whose salaries were paid from Mother Katharine’s  personal fortune.

The schoolhouse evolved slowly through the 1930s and ’40s to  include a convent and office. By 1951, Our Lady of the Assumption’s enrollment  had increased to 300, and it was one of only three schools serving the area. In  1980, the sisters withdrew from the school due to lack of personnel. The  building is currently used for religious education and CCD classes.

Our Lady of the Assumption School was placed on the National  Register of Historic Places in Washington D.C. on November 29, 2001, for its  contribution to black education.

Mother Katharine Drexel was beatified by Pope John Paul II  on November 20, 1988. Her feast day is celebrated on March 3.

(Photos courtesy the Department of Culture, Recreation, and  Tourism, Office of Cultural Development, Division of Historic Preservation.  Information from various sources.)


Maps Get your bearings by viewing the State of Louisiana and the  Carencro local area maps below. 

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