In Lafayette Parish, the number of students in private schools is growing.

According to Louisiana Department of Education data, compared to the 2013-14 school year, nine private schools added students this year.

The other private schools in the parish either had enrollment numbers that were about the same, or changed by only a handful of students between 2013-14 and 2014-15.

The state says more than 8,500 students are now attending private or parochial schools in Lafayette Parish.

The Advertiser reports St. Thomas More Catholic High School has the highest private school enrollment this year, with 1,076 students. The smallest school is Gethsemane Christian Academy, with 68 students.

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