About Us

Experience ESA

Quick Facts

    • Two Campuses

      PK3 through 5th Grade in Lafayette, 6th-12th Grade in Cade

    • Average Class Size: 13

      Small classes allow teachers to challenge and support each student.

    • ESA students come from eight Acadiana parishes

      Lafayette, Iberia, St. Mary, St. Landry, St. Martin, Jefferson Davis, Acadia, & Vermilion

    • 588 Students

      And over 1500 alumni, beginning with the Class of 1983

Jennifer Desormeaux Graycheck, ’01, Visual Arts Department Co-Chair

The ESA Experience is much bigger than you or I could ever put into words. It’s the feeling on the first day of school; it’s the smell of sugarcane burning; it’s the quiet walk to chapel, or the awesome run at morning practice, the one with the sun rising and the fog hovering over the dew covered practice fields. It’s the outdoor coffeehouse performance of an 8th grader playing a piece by Beethoven. It’s knowing you’ve been prepared. Prepared for the woods, the interview, the choices you will be faced with in life. It’s the hugs you are given, or the tears you will shed. We all feel it. And that is permanent to anyone who has ever been a part of it.

Excellence from Within

List of 4 items.

  • A Culture of Learning

    ESA teachers are lifelong learners who share their enthusiasm with their students. They establish high expectations and provide the guidance students need to meet and exceed those expectations.
  • The Roots of Character

    Through our Honor Code, our shared chapel experiences and a balance between freedom and responsibility, students develop into people of strong character who exhibit confidence and independence wherever their lives take them.
  • Beyond the Classroom

    Through experiential learning, ESA students connect with the world outside the classroom and beyond the boundaries of our campuses. Opportunities range from science field work in the marsh and service at a local food bank, to learning from local artisans and backpacking in the North Carolina wilderness.
  • A Welcoming Community

    From participatory athletics and arts programs to a club system that encourages students to start their own groups, every ESA student has the opportunity to take part. Differences are embraced, and individuals who share of themselves in class, in chapel or around campus find their efforts applauded.


Episcopal School of Acadiana is a coeducational, independent day school for students in grades PreK-3 through 12. Our mission is to instill in every student the habits of scholarship and honor. ESA challenges students to develop intellectually, spiritually, and physically.
The ESA Experience began in 1979 on the grounds of a former sugar mill in Cade, Louisiana. The idea was to create a place where intelligence could grow, not simply through books, but through avenues such as the outdoors, chapel speeches, French immersion, community service, mentorship, honor and family.

At ESA we believe that Experience is Everything. Begin your own ESA Experience here.

Episcopal School of Acadiana

Episcopal School of Acadiana is a private coeducational day school for students in grades PK3 through 12. Our mission is to instill in every student the habits of scholarship and honor.
ESA does not discriminate on the basis of physical disability, race, religion, gender, or national or ethnic origin.
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