Applications for school transfers, online learning, and magnet programs will be accepted starting April 1st. If your TPSS student is interested in attending a school outside your school zone or participating in our Virtual Learning Option, this is the time to get prepared. Enrollment must be completed by June 1st, 2022, for your child to participate in these programs.
Tangipahoa Parish School System offers multiple programs for your child to succeed. One of our most recently redesigned programs is the tuition-free TPSS Virtual Learning Option (VLO), which allows students to learn in a flexible environment without losing the traditional benefits of attending in person. VLO students receive laptops, live lessons, and instruction at home from dedicated TPSS teachers, but are also eligible to join school clubs and sports teams or participate in school events. Each teacher with the TPSS Virtual Learning Option is responsible for no more than 18 students, so children get more focused instruction and help.
We offer two pathways to transfer your student to a neighboring school. To apply for a transfer, a student must be eligible to attend one of the magnet schools within the school district. The district will provide transportation where such transfers contribute to social, economic, and cultural diversity.
Magnet school programs are available parish-wide to students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Magnet schools focus on specific areas of interest, such as performing arts and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM or STEAM for short) programs to prepare students for their desired career paths. Visit our Magnet School Programs page to see which school offers a magnet program that interests your child.
The second way to transfer is to apply for a diversity transfer. This transfer allows students in grades K-12 to apply for a transfer to a school where the resulting impact on the receiving school is to increase its socioeconomic and cultural diversity. The school district will provide transportation to paired schools.
Session 1: June 13 - June 30 (no classes on Fridays)
Time: 9am - 12pm
Who: Children entering kindergarten in August. Must be 5 by September 30.
Deadline to Apply: May 25, 2022
- Any child entering kindergarten in August 2022, turning 5 by September 30, can apply
- Parents must provide transportation
- Drop off is at 9am, pickup is at 12pm
- Location will be determined by availability and parent choice on the application
- Children will be taught by a Tangipahoa Parish School PreK teacher using a Tier 1 curriculum
School Superintendent Melissa Stilley was joined by representatives of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board and Independence town leaders for the announcement Tuesday evening in a town hall-style meeting at City Hall.
“This is something our district has wanted to do for at least a dozen years, but truly dating back to my time as a principal in the late 1990s and early 2000s,” Stilley told those assembled at Tuesday’s gathering. “Of course, what makes this plan so extraordinary is the fact that we have been able to make it happen without any tax increase or bonded indebtedness added to the people of Tangipahoa Parish.”
The district recently received more than $1 million through a “Reimagine” schools grant which will be used to develop and open the campus, which will serve juniors and seniors from high schools throughout Tangipahoa Parish. Under the terms of the plan written by the district leadership, this new campus will enable the district to expand opportunities for students in AP and dual enrollment classes as well as provide students pursuing Jump Start pathway training access to an even greater number of programs in which they can attain basic or advanced credentials toward job readiness. The district hopes to be able to launch associate degree programs through the Fast Forward program at this campus as well.
“It’s a highly ambitious plan, one that we see taking our students to the next level,” Stilley said. “This is what the state considers a local innovation plan because through this program we will be able to expand in-person opportunities for students from throughout Tangipahoa Parish to receive not only career training but also AP, and dual enrollment classes at one centralized location where every student will have access."
The Advanced College and Career Magnet Center will open in the Fall of 2023 at the campus of what is currently known as Independence Magnet School, located at 300 West 2nd Street on the west side of town. The school which currently houses the town’s 5th-8th grade classes will be closed at the end of this spring semester to begin necessary renovations to prepare for the Advanced College and Career Magnet Center.
School officials said the current student body of IMS will be absorbed into the town’s two east-side schools, Independence Leadership Academy and Independence High Magnet School. Under this new configuration, ILA will be home to students in grades Pre-K to 6, and the high school will be a combined junior high and high school campus, serving students in grades 7-12, starting this fall.
“There has been much talk in previous years about dwindling enrollment at our Independence schools. Our approach is to capitalize on the opportunity we have to keep this town’s close-knit K-12 community intact by literally moving all of our students to campuses that are literally a block away from each other. Think about the synergy that we will see with these two schools! This is a win-win for our Independence community,” Stilley said.