Bossier City residents have access to grade-A education options, from public school systems to parochial education and from traditional higher education to adult learning facilities. Bossier City has been listed in the Top 25 Best Cities for Recent Graduates, The Daily Beast 2011 and the city's emphasis on education shows.
The Bossier City-Shreveport area is served by two public school systems. The majority of public school students in Bossier City attend Bossier Parish School System. Within the Bossier City-Shreveport area, over 20 private and parochial schools supplement the public school systems, offering a wide selection of schooling options to both students and parents. In 2011, Bossier Parish welcomed its first private school, Providence Classical Academy. PCA envisions training students to be lifelong learners, who will fully engage both heart and mind to know and serve God.
A unique and innovative partnership has formed among Bossier Parish Schools, the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC), academic institutions, government, and industry. This partnership has produced dynamic education programs in the fields of cyber and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These programs help prepare students for academic and career pathways in the 21st Century.
The Cyber Innovation Center, a not-for-profit corporation located in the National Cyber Research Park in Bossier City, serves as catalyst for the development and expansion of an academic outreach and workforce development program throughout the region. The program includes both formal and informal, traditional and non-traditional approaches to education. For example, the CIC hosts numerous cyber competitions throughout the academic school year and camps based on the successful Cyber Discovery Model during the summer. The CIC has also developed new, innovative, project-driven curricula for the classroom.
As an education partner along with Louisiana Tech University and Bossier Parish Community College, Bossier Parish Schools' administrators and teachers take an active role in developing the programs with the CIC. Students and teachers in Bossier Parish then have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to participate in these programs as they are integrated into the local schools. Professional development for K-12 teachers is at the core of these efforts while students are engaged in STEM challenges that also incorporate the liberal arts.
The academic outreach and workforce development programs created through the CIC and piloted by Bossier Parish Schools have garnered national recognition. Due to the program's demonstrated success, the Department of Homeland Security awarded the CIC a $300,000 grant in 2011 to develop a project management plan and to fund next year's Cyber Discovery Camp at Louisiana Tech University. This project management plan provides an outline of how the CIC would roll out its Cyber Discovery Model nationwide. In 2012, the CIC will take the first steps toward a national roll-out of Cyber Discovery when additional grant funds are made available.