NSU Elementary Lab School

Caron Coleman


As the Principal of NSU Elementary Laboratory School, I welcome you to our amazing school!  I have been blessed to serve the families and students of this extraordinary school for 14 years, two as a Teacher and twelve as the Principal. 

Our school is rich in history and tradition.  We take pride in our family atmosphere that provides creative learning opportunities for our students.  When you enter our doors you are greeted with a smile and treated like family. 

Our goal is to provide a solid foundation for young students that will prepare them for success.  With continued partnerships with our families and community, we will continue to show record achievements at E-Lab! 

My Honor to Serve,

Caron Coleman


Where Students Come First


Create a nurturing learning environment of innovative thinking and problem solving, where excellence is expected of everyone.

Mission Statement

NSU E-Lab is a collaborative environment of university and community that fosters meaningful learning experiences for all students. 

NSU Elementary Laboratory School is located on historic Normal Hill on the beautiful campus of Northwestern State University.  As part of the Gallaspy Family College of Education and Human Development, our location ensures easy access for future teachers studying at NSU to observe and actively participate in real-world classroom situations in a middle school setting.


NSU Elementary Laboratory School is accredited by AdvancED (Cognia).

To learn more about the AdvancED’s Standards for Quality, click here.

School Statistics

NSU Elementary Laboratory School has earned an “A” grade on the Student Report Card since 2011.  The school has earned “Top Gains” Status and Equity Badges two of those years. School Report Cards are based on two factors, the student performance (75%) and student growth (25%).  See a copy of our latest School Report Card in the documents section.

The first step to applying to NSU Elementary Laboratory School is to visit us! Our faculty, administration, and students are happy to show you what we have to offer.

The next step is to fill out an application, as well as attach a proof of residency, and the latest report cards/state assessment reports. We accept applications year round; however, the application deadline for the Kindergarten 2021-2022 is March 13, 2021. 

To download an application, please click NSU E-Lab Application Form

External enrollment for grades 1-5 for any academic school year is made in June. Many factors go into the decision-making process. The first available openings go to children of full-time NSU faculty and staff members, siblings of current NSU Middle Lab and NSU Elementary Lab students receive second priority. Then, available space for each grade level is filled with applicants. Any other applicants are placed on a waiting list.

If we have an opening for you, you must hold your spot by filling out the Enrollment Agreement and paying the $100 Supply Fee.

If an opening was not available for you the first year you applied, don’t give up! You must update your application yearly to be considered for the following year. This can be done by calling the school office at 238.6385. 

As soon as you are accepted to NSU-E, you must hold your spot by filling out the Enrollment Agreement and paying the $100 Annual Supply Fee.

The Supply Fee is assessed for the following: Supplies, Art, Purchase and Maintenance of Technology.

Tuition is paid to Northwestern State University for the upkeep of facilities, custodial services, and stipends to teachers who meet the master teacher requirements and will be serving as cooperative teachers for NSU Methods Students and observers.

The cost of one student to attend NSU Elementary Laboratory School is $2200 per year. Tuition for additional siblings in either NSU Laboratory School is discounted by $500, and costs $1700. Payments may be made throughout the year, but must be paid in full by April 31.

At NSU Elementary Laboratory School, our main priority is the safety and success of students and faculty. With that being said, we have implemented a plan in accordance with NPSB guidelines to ensure a Strong Start to the 2020-2021 school year. To view our Strong Start Plan, please click here.

NSU Elementary Laboratory School strives for continuous improvement of our school. Every year, we assess the needs of our school, with valuable input from all stakeholders. If you want to see how we are improving this school year, see our School Improvement Plan in the documents section.

strong start

NSU Elementary Laboratory School is ready to welcome back our students for the 2020-2021 school year. Our primary goal this year is to ensure the safety of all of our students, faculty and staff. 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.

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!

Administrative Staff

Caron Coleman
Kellie Cedars



1 Caldwell Drive
71497 LA
United States

Phone: 318.238.6385, Fax: 318.357.6979

31.750552, -93.0919679