Impacting Students, Teachers & Schools

Impacting Students, Teachers & Schools

The College Readiness Program

Teachers obtain training and certification that prepares them to work efficiently toward more ambitious learning goals for their students. Students are offered a continually expanding catalog of courses leading up to enhanced dual enrollment and advanced placement options. Students become better prepared for success through an introduction to the rigors and requirements of first-year college courses. This takes place while they are in the safety of the high school, where growth can be nurtured by parents, and students can receive individual attention in small classes. The program offers the following three types of courses:

  • Dual Enrollment Courses: Students take actual LSU courses in their classrooms and pay reduced tuition, earning college credit and high school credit concurrently. Teachers are trained and certified to facilitate the course with an LSU faculty member serving as the instructor of record. As of 2016 there were 15 disciplines and 37 courses with more in line to be added each year. This successful program is expanding to include the humanities, arts, agriculture, and kinesiology. View the course catalog for course specific information. For more information on Dual Enrollment contact or visit the College Readiness website.
  • Pre-College Courses: Participating teachers can elect to utilize curricula for pre-college courses developed by LSU faculty to better prepare students for college material. Currently available mathematics courses include Calculus, Advanced Math, Algebra II, Geometry, and Algebra I. Similar courses are being developed in other disciplines.
  • ACT Prep Courses: The College Readiness Program offers ACT preparatory courses to participating schools. This includes one course specifically for math and another for all four ACT content areas.


LSU Early College Academies

Provides university bound students with an accelerated pathway to bachelor or master’s degree completion. The Cain Center, through a partnership with the high school, provides a curriculum composed of traditional high school courses and College Readiness courses focusing on specific academic paths, such as Engineering, Digital Media & Arts, Computer Science, and Biomedical Sciences. Successful Completion of the Academy provides the student with their first year(s) of University courses, a certificate of achievement from LSU, and knowledge they are college ready for any university. The first LSU Early College Academy will be piloted at Lee High School in Baton Rouge during the 2016 – 2017 academic year.


Quality Science & Mathematics 

Awards approximately $162,000 annually, in $750 increments, for science and mathematics instructional materials and equipment to public school teachers. QSM is funded by the Louisiana Legislature and is governed by a council of representatives. The Cain Center administers the program under the direction of the Council. For more information on the proposal submission process, click here.


Student Enrichment

The Cain Center offers a number of programs offered to students of various ages and disciplines such as: STEM Family Night, Science Fair Judging, You be the Chemist Challenge, STEMup Baton Rouge, Math Circle, and more.