8th Grade Trip
History of the trip to New Orleans
The trip to New Orleans was started in 2013 to give 8th grade students a culminating experience as well as an opportunity to learn more about the French heritage in the United States. In addition, because of the continuing social service needs in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, there are opportunities for our students to help with the rebuilding effort.
At Académie Lafayette, we support this important travel experience because it gives our students an opportunity to broaden their experience beyond the classroom to experience life in another part of the United States and to contribute their time and sweat to rebuilding this important city.
Parents will sign a letter of commitment, and students will sign an academic and behavior contract at the beginning of the year (available parent education night and by request after that). The 8th grade trip typically takes place in May. Check back here for the 2021 trip dates.
Make a Payment
Payments may be in the form of checks turned in at the front office or may be made online. Please use the “8th Grade Trip” PayPal form on the Make a Payment page.
The students travel by motorcoach to New Orleans where they stay in volunteer housing accommodations.
The cost of the trip to France is divided into two parts: travel costs and student costs.
The travel costs portion is not fixed because it can change from year to year based on the number of students and chaperones who travel. Typically the travel portion of the trip costs between $300–$400 per person traveling. This includes:
- One or two motorcoaches
- Drivers who stay with the students the entire trip and provide transportation in New Orleans
- Lodging for the drivers
The student costs typically ranges from $650–$750, again depending on the number of students and chaperones who travel. This includes:
- Admission to cultural and historic sites/tours
The student and his/her family are responsible for the student costs of the trip. Typically $200 scholarships are available to students who need travel assistance. The school, with fundraising assistance from the proceeds of the $10,000 Cash Raffle and PTO-led fundraising events, is responsible for the travel costs associated with the trip. PTO events can change from year to year but typically include: Allez5K fun run, Trivia Night, and the PTO gala, An Evening in Paris.
A combination of fundraising and funds from parents.
Any family who thinks they may not be able to pay for the entire trip is eligible to apply. However, keep in mind that the more families who apply, the less money each family may get, so if at all possible, save the scholarships for those families who truly need it. Usually the maximum has been $200 per family.
An application will be available for all families who would like one. To be eligible, you must turn it into the office by the due date on the application.
Parents will sign a letter of commitment and students will sign an academic and behavior contract at the beginning of the year (available parent education night and online after that).
Payments may be in the form of checks turned into the front office or may be made online. The link for online payments can be found to the right. All payments must be received by the set deadline listed on the right.
A ratio of approximately 1:8 to 1:10.
Teachers, at least two middle school, or any other AL teacher, preferably those with the experience of working with the students going on the trip (in elementary school). In an effort to bridge the AL experience to our alum, one or two former AL students with at least two years of college and sub-certification may be selected.
A series of parent informational meetings will be scheduled throughout the year, usually beginning February or March of your child’s 7th grade year, continuing in September, January, and March of his/her 8th grade year. Although these are not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged you attend as there is a lot of useful information. There is one mandatory meeting a few weeks before the trip to sign authorization for your child to travel outside of the country without a parent. The 8th grade team will present the trip and have information/pertinent documents available at our parent education meeting in August.
Please review our list of frequently asked questions.