By Tracy Fuga


Starting over at a new duty station is challenging. You have to secure housing, find your way around a new area, and figure out where your kids are attending school or what daycares are available for your children. Luckily, there will be no shortage of quality schools and childcare options for your children in and around the Barksdale (AFB) Air Force Base area. See for yourself. Suggested Read: Barksdale Air Force Base: In-Depth Welcome Center

Louisiana School Enrollment

To be enrolled in a Louisiana school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Sept. 30 of the current school year. Registration typically requires a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age and the child’s previous school records and immunization records. Visit the Louisiana Department of Education website for more information. Check with individual schools for additional enrollment requirements prior to arriving.

Schools in Barksdale AFB

Louisiana allows residents to enroll their school-aged children into the school of their choice in the district they live in. For those living on base at Barksdale, you will have the option to send your child to any school in Bossier Parish, depending on capacity. You will also be able to find more information about registration requirements and policies for new students. There are special resources available for military families with children attending any of the Leavenworth County Schools. Reach out to your School Liaison Officer for help.

Barksdale AFB Elementary Schools

All elementary schools are off base and listed below.

Barksdale AFB Middle Schools

All middle schools are off base and listed below.

Barksdale AFB High Schools

All high schools are off base and listed below.

Schools Near Barksdale AFB

There are a number of public schools, charter schools, private schools and other options for school-aged children living near Barksdale Air Force Base.

Bossier Parish Schools

P.O. Box 2000 Benton, LA 71006


1 (318) 549-5000 Bossier Parish Schools serves more than 23,500 students across 34 schools in Benton, Bossier City, Dealing, Elm Grove, Haughton and Princeton The district has 20 elementary schools, one intermediate school, six middle schools and seven high schools to meet the needs of the 127,000 residents of Bossier Parish. Many students have ties to nearby Barksdale AFB so the district offers counseling and guidance to make things as easy as possible for transferring students.

Elementary Schools Near Barksdale AFB

1. Apollo Elementary School

2400 Viking Drive Bossier City, LA 71111


1 (318) 549-6010 Apollo Elementary School is six miles from Barksdale AFB's main entrance. Kindergarten through fifth graders enrolled at Apollo have plenty of options when it comes to getting a quality education. Apollo is an A-rated school and has been named the favorite elementary schools for nearly 20 years by Bossier Press Tribune readers.

2. Meadowview Elementary School

4312 Shed Road Bossier City, LA 71111


1 (318) 549-5640 Meadowview Elementary School is about five miles from Barksdale AFB. Students have access to technology at all grade levels, from computer labs to robotics. Other extracurricular activities for students from pre-K through fifth grade are student council, 4-H, running club, archery and Destination Imagination.

3. R.V. Kerr Elementary School

1700 Airline Drive Bossier City, LA 71112


1 (318) 549-6560 Only two miles from Barksdale AFB’s front gate sits R.V. Kerr Elementary School. The school boasts award-winning clubs devoted to robotics, 4-H, math, reading and running. Students from pre-K through fifth grade receive real-world applications through STEAM classroom instruction and a partnership with Shreveport Symphony.

4. Sun City Elementary School

4230 Van Deeman St. Bossier City, LA 71112


1 (318) 549-7000 Sun City Elementary School sits about three miles south of Barksdale AFB. The elementary school enrolls Bossier Parish students in kindergarten through third grade. Classrooms are fully equipped with effective technology to promote student learning.

5. Waller Elementary School

1130 Patricia Drive Bossier City, LA 71112


1 (318) 549-6850 Waller Elementary School is about two miles north of Barksdale AFB. Pre-K through fifth grade students enrolled in Waller are able to take advantage of two computer labs with over 50 Google Chromebooks, 100% qualified teachers and plenty of extracurricular and family activities. Middle Schools Near Barksdale AFB

Middle Schools Near Barksdale AFB

1. Elm Grove Middle School

4301 Panther Drive Bossier City, LA 71112


1 (318) 759-2400 Elm Grove Middle School sits less than three miles from Barksdale AFB’s front gate. The middle school is a feeder school for Parkway High School. The students benefit from high school credit courses and honors classes in addition to STEM courses.

2. T.O. Rusheon Middle School

2401 Old Minden Road Bossier City, LA 71112


1 (318) 549-6610 Students at Rusheon Middle School benefit from an array of athletic programs at the school: cross country, soccer, football, basketball, softball and track. There’s also the opportunity to participate in art, band, violin, Spanish, choir and Quest-for-Success.

High Schools Near Barksdale AFB

1. Parkway High School

2010 Colleen Drive Bossier City, LA 71112


1 (318) 759-2200 Parkway High School is a feeder school for the schools closest to Barksdale Air Force Base. Nearly 1,300 students attend Parkway. The A-rated high school works to prepare students for life after school, whether that means college, technical schools or entering the workforce right away. As the local high school serving the Barksdale AFB community, the school also offers the second-largest Air Force JROTC Program in Louisiana.

Charter Schools Near Barksdale AFB

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students, and have open enrollment. There are nearly 150 charter schools in Louisiana; however, there are only three located within 30 minutes of Barksdale Air Force Base. For more information about the charter schools in Louisiana, visit the Louisiana Department of Education’s website.

1. AMIkids Caddo

3860 Hutchinson St. Shreveport, LA 71109


1 (381) 364-5287

2. Magnolia School of Excellence

2290 Clyde Fant Parkway Service Road Shreveport, LA 71104


1 (318) 402-4220

3. Pathways in Education

8999 Mansfield Road Shreveport, LA 71118


1 (318) 688-2301 Private Schools Near Barksdale AFB

Private Schools Near Barksdale AFB

Parents who choose to send their children to a private school near Barksdale AFB are met with a handful of options. All of the private schools in the area have a religious affiliation but they do not skimp on academics. According to Private School Review, this is the largest and best private school in the Bossier Parish area.

1. Providence Classical Academy

4525 Old Brownlee Road Bossier City, LA 71111


1 (318) 820-9465 Providence Classical Academy serves nearly 500 students from pre-K through 12th grade. The students of this co-ed private school are taught a balance of traditional Christian teachings as well as standard academics. Small class sizes and a low student-teacher ratio mean that your child will get plenty of help to reach or exceed their academic potential. Daycares Schools Near Barksdale AFB

Daycares Near Barksdale AFB

Leaving your child in someone else’s care is not an easy decision. When looking for the right daycare facility, reading reviews on Care.com and Yelp and visiting a few options when possible is the best way to make a decision about where to send your child. Or, if you’re looking to secure childcare on base at Barksdale AFB, there are different options to choose from. On-base child care centers offer full-day, part-day and hourly care for your child, as well as hosting parents’ night out.


Moving every few years can be difficult for you and your child but ensuring your child’s education is taken care of right away helps alleviate this burden. There are plenty of educational options near (and on) Barksdale AFB to make sure your child’s mental and physical well-being will be well taken care of. Use the above information to help narrow down the choices so you can rest easy and spend your time on something else, like finding new restaurants to try out, shopping at the nearby outlets or visiting some of the fun places along the river in Shreveport.  

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