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Educational Services at Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home
Residents of Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home and students referred from Lincoln Parish attend Howard School on our Ruston campus. The Lorraine Nobles Howard Education Center, affectionately known as “Howard School”, is a state-licensed alternative school on the campus of Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home in Ruston, Louisiana. Howard School is designated by Louisiana’s Department of Education as a “Top Gains” school.
In addition to Alternative Education at Howard School, the Allen Career Center offers vocational education in the fields of construction, welding and barbering.
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The history of Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services begins in 1902 when the Methodist Episcopal Church South founded Louisiana Methodist Orphanage. After two years of initial fund raising and organization, child care operations began in 1904 in Bunkie, Louisiana.
In 1906, a group of Ruston’s citizens who had eyes for the future donated a forty-acre plot within the city limits of Ruston and the Louisiana Methodist Orphanage moved to Ruston, Louisiana. In 1956, Louisiana Methodist Orphanage changed its name to Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home. In 1993, the board of directors changed the name of the organization to Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services, Inc.
While the organization provides an array of services to vulnerable children and families across Louisiana, the Ruston campus continues as “Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home” and is the organization’s home office.
The first effort to provide education on our Ruston campus was in 1920, when four teachers were employed by Louisiana Methodist Orphanage to teach 1st through 7th grade residents. Older students attended Ruston High School, one of the finest public high schools in Louisiana. Then, in 1952, Louisiana Methodist Orphanage began sending children who were in second grade and above to the local public schools.
The average age of the Home’s residents increased through the 1960s. During the ’70s, Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home began providing residential care for children who had been removed from their homes following abuse and neglect.
Between 1956 and the late ’70s, the Home fully transitioned from orphanage into adolescent residential care facility. Consequently, there were a growing number of residents whose behaviors prevented their education in the public schools of Lincoln Parish and the Home once again began providing educational services to residents.
In 1985, the Lorraine Nobles Howard Education Center, also known as Howard School, was opened to serve the Home’s residents who were unable to attend the public schools in Lincoln Parish. The first Principal of Howard School was Mrs. Evelyn Wilburn who was followed by Mr. Bill Gullatt in 1986, who, in turn, was followed in 1993 by Mr. Rick Sutton, who was followed in 2011 by Mr. Anthony “Tony” Cain. On October 1, 2015, Mr. Danny Bell, former Superintendent of Schools for Lincoln Parish, became the current Principal of Howard School and Director of Educational Services.
Growing pains in the early 1990’s led to a significant construction effort in 1997, when Howard School was expanded to four times its original size. Howard School contains state of the art classrooms filled with the latest educational technologies, computers and SmartBoards. The school was remodeled and redecorated in 2009 to meet the changing needs of all our residents.
All resident of Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home attend Howard School. In addition, Lincoln Parish School Board utilizes the expertise of our specially trained staff members to assist with Lincoln Parish public school students displaying extreme behavioral problems which prevent them from making progress in a traditional educational setting.
In additional to a regular academic track, Howard School also offers an extremely successful GED/Vocational Education track for students whose academic goals are better served by a career skills-based education. The vocational needs of our residents and the success of our GED/Vocational Education track prompted the development of a standalone Vocational Education Center on the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home campus in Ruston. In 2010, construction of the John H. Allen Career and Vocational Center was completed on our Ruston campus where students receive instruction in building construction, barbering and welding.
To enhance all students’ social and academic achievements.
A quality education for a quality life.
Howard School is located on the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home campus and is licensed by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Howard School and its teachers are equipped to accommodate junior and senior high students who are emotionally and behaviorally at risk. Howard provides two diverse education tracks for students to participate in the normal track for students preparing for a state university and a GED/Vocational skills track.