Award Year: 2020

Indian Bayou Elementary School

1603 La Highway 700
Rayne, LA, 70578-1701

(337) 334-4070

Ms. Tara Frick, Principal at time of Nomination

Vermilion Parish

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Our mission statement is simple. We are IBES! Individuals leading and learning together while Believing in Each other and our Students!

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 93%
  • Hispanic: 2%
First graders busy on the 1st day of school

First graders busy on the 1st day of school

Indian Bayou Elementary School consists of grades Pre-k through fifth grade and is located in a small rural farming community in south Louisiana. IBES is the center of this country community, which consists of a volunteer fire department, a Dollar General, and a church. School events are guaranteed to be standing room only inside the small gymnasium with wooden floors.

The faculty and staff are all hands on deck when it comes to facilitating learning for students. It is not unusual to see the PE teacher giving extra assistance in the first grade reading class while the band teacher provides support during a fourth grade math lesson. The two custodians greet students each morning as they walk into the building and help to supervise afternoon recess time.

Small group instruction is at the heart of teaching at IBES. Focusing on individualized instruction provides tremendous academic gains, as well as supplying students with confidence and encouragement. This small group approach to instruction is used when teaching core subjects of reading and math, as well as providing intervention groups, centered learning, and cooperative learning in science and social studies.

Making personal connections is not an innovative idea. However, at Indian Bayou Elementary everyone is involved in helping to educate and develop the whole child. The mission statement of the principal, is "LOVE". It's an acronym for Love Others, Value Everyone. This attitude is prevalent in the daily operation of the school. It is encouraged and implemented in relationships between the faculty and staff, as well as the students. Every student counts!