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Message from the Principal
The upcoming school year brings all of the excitement of new beginnings, new experiences and new opportunities to learn and grow. The enthusiasm and wonder of students reminds us that each student comes to school with tremendous hopefulness and anticipation for their very best year. Every teacher, principal, staff member and parent plays an important role in making this year a great one for each of our Chiefs.
To engage everyone in a united effort to provide lifelong learning.
The faculty and staff of Natchitoches Central High School believe that every student is entitled to an education in a safe, disciplined, and challenging environment. Furthermore, we believe that an education must include not only academics by also basic life skills that will prepare students to live and function successfully in our society. To the end, we believe that Natchitoches Central High School must provide for both college and non-college-bound students. Teachers must inspire students to achieve their full potential by instilling in them a strong work ethic and desire to learn. Students must exhibit self-discipline and not infringe on the rights of other students to learn. Finally, we believe that the responsibility for the success of our students must be assumed by all-administrators, teachers, students, parents, and the community.
Natchitoches Central High School is located on the Natchitoches Bypass between property owned by NSU and the Louisiana Technical College. It serves students from the Parish Seat of Natchitoches as well as the villages of Provencal, Robeline, Marthaville, Allen, and Cloutierville. All students in Natchitoches who live below the Red River Bridge, with the exception of part of Payne Subdivision, are served by Natchitoches Central High School. The unique aspect of combining students from town with those from the more rural areas has been a duty of both excellence and pride for all stakeholders associated with the school. The history of Natchitoches Central High began with the purpose of inclusion of all. This is still a highlight of the school’s mission.
History of NCHS
The development of Natchitoches Central High School, like so many schools in the 1960s and early 1970s, began with Federal Court orders to desegregate the two major existing high schools in the city of Natchitoches. To insure a smooth transition, the faculties of both Central High School and Natchitoches High School attended a workshop at Northwestern State University to develop curricula, attitudes, and the necessary internal organizations to promote the total school.
The Natchitoches Parish School System was placed under another court order in 1981 to further desegregate its schools. This led to massive consolidation and assigned 10th through 12th grade students from Natchitoches, Allen, Provencal, Marthaville, and Robeline into the new Natchitoches Central High School facility. Ninth grade students were housed at a nearby facility named Natchitoches Ninth Grade Center and operated under a separate administration. Cooperative planning, with reorganization of scheduling and curriculum, was necessary to insure a smooth transition of faculties, students, and communities into the new educational endeavor. In 1989, Cloutierville High School was closed and those students were assigned to Natchitoches Central High School.
The communities, school board, faculty, students, and parents working together have established an outstanding school. In November 1992, Natchitoches Central High School was one of five Louisiana public high schools nominated for the Blue Ribbon Schools Excellence in Education Award in a national program sponsored by the United States Department of Education.
Major reconstruction began on the facility in 1998 and 24 new rooms were added to the building. The beginning of the 2000 school year marked the consolidation of Natchitoches Central and the Ninth Grade Center and began a new phase in the history of this school.
The CHIEF is the school mascot, and the school colors are maroon, gold, and white.
NCHS is ready to welcome back our students for the 2020-2021 school year. Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff. We have been hard at work to ensure our students and faculty have a strong start to this school year. Our school level Strong Start Plan outlines protective measures that will be taken throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check out our Strong Start plan for more information on everything to expect for the 2020-2021 school year.
End of Course Tests
High school students take End-of-Course tests in seven subjects: Algebra I, Geometry, English I, English II and III, Biology and U.S. History. End-of-Course tests comprise 15% of the student’s final grade in the subject. To earn a standard high school diploma, students must earn a score of Fair or above on three End-of-Course tests, including one in each category – Algebra I or Geometry; English I, English II or English III; and Biology or U.S. History.
College athletes must register at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. Once at the website, simply follow the instructions for prospective athletes. If you received an ACT or SAT fee waiver, the NCAA fee can be waived. After creating your account and putting in all the necessary information, see Ms. Schaub in the guidance office to verify the ACT/SAT fee waiver.
Use code 9999 to have ACT/SAT scores sent to NCAA Clearinghouse.
Request a Transcript
To request a copy of your transcript, please click on the link at left to access our transcript request form. A fee of $3 is required for alumni. Completed forms should be mailed to NCHS Guidance, ATTN: Joanie Potter, 6513 Hwy. 1 Bypass, Natchitoches, LA 71457. Faxed forms must be followed by mailed payment before requests will be processed.
In order for any student to be eligible for TOPS benefits, there must be a LOSFA signed consent form on file at Natchitoches Central High School which gives the school counselors permission to share your child’s data with the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) through the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) and any postsecondary education institution(s) to which your child may apply. LOSFA must have your child’s personal information in order to track your child’s progress toward TOPS eligibility.
Natchitoches Central High School is excited about our partnership with Northwestern State University to offer courses for college credit for selected high school students. In an effort to provide a unique opportunity, 11th and 12th grade students may earn college credit while enrolled in courses taught by their high school teacher, Students may also enroll in online courses classes directly through Northwestern or traditional face-to-face classes on Northwestern’s campus provided that they meet the enrollment criteria listed below:
- ACT or PLAN (or ASPIRE equivalent) Composite Score of 18
- ACT or PLAN (or ASPIRE equivalent) English sub-score of 18 to enroll in English or (450 SAT, 68 Compass Writing)
- ACT or PLAN (or ASPIRE equivalent) mathematics sub-score of 19 to enroll in College Algebra or (460 SAT, 40 Compass Algebra)
- GPA 3.00 – Junior Status
- GPA 2.75 – Senior Status
Apply now by clicking on this link: http://ece.nsula.edu/dual-enrollment-program/.
Natchitoches Central High School also has a partnership with Central Louisiana Technical Community College – Natchitoches Campus to help prepare our students for college and the workforce while they are still in high school. Call Mrs. Twana Harris for more information about this application process at (318)352-4315, ext. 229.
SENIORS: Don’t forget to go fill out your FAFSA online in order to apply for TOPS and other forms of financial aid such as Federal Pell Grants and Student Loans.
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Louisiana’s high school students have two paths to a high school diploma:
- the UNIVERSITY pathway which is for college/university-bound students… http://www.louisianabelieves.com/docs/default-source/jumpstart/tops-university-course-requirements.pdf?sfvrsn=18 … and
- the JUMP START pathway which is for technical/community college and career-bound students http://www.louisianabelieves.com/docs/default-source/jumpstart/tops-tech-course-requirements.pdf?sfvrsn=12.
Students receive a gold Student Planning Guide in the tenth grade which contains this information plus much more. This guide contains the student’s transcript which has been evaluated by his/her counselor along with her notes and suggestions. Ask your junior or senior to share their GOLD FOLDER with you and track his/her progress toward graduation together.
NCHS is pleased to be able to provide an on-site health center for its students. In order for a student to be seen at the health center, they must have a consent form on file. Please download the consent form in the documents section of the website and have your child return it to the school-based health center.
NCHS offers a wide variety of opportunities for both male and female athletes here at school. Please visit the sports sections below to learn more about each sport that we have available.
Please understand that in order for the student to be eligible to be on the team, they must meet BOTH the criteria from the coach/sport, as well as official LHSAA eligibility criteria.
Please see the REQUIRED forms and information that LHSAA requires to have on record to the right. Click on the forms to print them off. Failure to turn in any one item may result in your student being ineligible to play and/or be on the team.
Additionally, the student-athlete must turn in any required forms/information to their coach that they specifically require.
Sports and Auxiliaries Faculty
Chiefs Football–Head Coach Byron Keller
Chiefs Basketball–Head Coach Micah Coleman
Lady Chiefs Basketball–Head Coach Nicole Jones
Lady Chiefs Volleyball–Head Coach Nikki Murphy
Chiefs Soccer–Head Coaches Rusy & Anne Stultz
Lady Chiefs Soccer–Head Coach Yanci Borel
Cross-Country–Head Coach Don Colombel
Chiefs Baseball–Head Coach Regan Kaufman
Lady Chiefs Softball–Head Coach Ronnie Abels
NCHS Track–Head Coach Don Colombel
NCHS Tennis–Head Coach Greggory Green
NCHS Powerlifting–Head Coach John Daugherty
NCHS Swimming–Head Coach Cindy Davis
NCHS Golf–Head Coach Micah Coleman
Are you interested in bettering Provencal Elementary/Jr. High and Natchitoches Parish Schools? If so, we are looking for you!! NPSB has created advisory councils for our parents, students and teachers to serve on and provide feedback on how to better the district as a whole!
If you are interested in being on one of the councils, please fill out an application and email it to Chynna Paris at Chynna.Paris@nat.k12.la.us.
Please refer to these resources for more information about the plans the Natchitoches Parish School Board has implemented to ensure a successful Strong Start for the 2020-2021 school year!
Click HERE to view the NCHS Administration, Faculty & Staff. Click on names to view/access email addresses.