ESA Celebrates Beginning of Construction of Lower School Enrichment Center

ESA Begins Construction on New Lower School Building: Enrichment Center Finalizes Campus Vision

LAFAYETTE, LA – Monday, May 30th, the Episcopal School of Acadiana Board of Trustees joined students, faculty and staff to celebrate the commencement of construction of its Lower School Enrichment Center, a space where students will have the resources to explore science, technology, art, music, drama, and languages through hands-on, student-driven activities. The Enrichment Center will also house the campus Chapel, library and administrative offices. Located on the school’s Lafayette campus at 721 E. Kaliste Saloom Road, the building once housed the LAFCO Boats Company. The Enrichment Center is the final element in the campus plan for the 6-acre property adjacent to the Vermilion River that houses ESA students in PreK-3 through 5th grades.


ESA headmaster Dr. Paul Baker said, “Throughout the ESA experience we combine motivated students and passionate faculty to create a culture of excellence and achievement.  The Lower School Enrichment Center will house so many facets of this culture: Chapel, art, music, science and more.  When students grow up in a culture of excellence and achievement, the most natural thing for them to do is achieve.”

Gossen Architects and builder J.B. Mouton, LLC have been hired to finish out the 25,384 square foot building set to open in the fall of 2016.  The Enrichment Center will support and enhance the existing world-class, innovative educational program for students in PreK-3 through 5th grade offered by the ESA Lower School.

Chair of the ESA Board of Trustees Patrick Stokes commented, “We are excited to have the opportunity to complete the Lower School campus with this Enrichment Center.  This building will provide faculty and students with an extraordinary facility to support the high-caliber enrichment programs already in place.”

Established in 1979, ESA serves students in PreK-3 through 12th grades. The Cade campus houses grades six through twelve.  In 2004, ESA opened a Lower School for students in PreK-3 through fifth grade on the St. Barnabas Church grounds.  In 2010, due to enrollment growth, ESA created the Lower School campus on the Kaliste Saloom property in Lafayette.

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.  For more information visit