• A+ Coalition

  • Students of the Year
  • Together We Can

    The A+ Coalition recognizes that the responsibility to advance education in Natchitoches Parish relies not just on our educators, but on the entire community at large. Join today to become part of the movement that will make an impact on education today, tomorrow, and for years to come. 

  • About the A+ Coalition

    The A+ Coalition is an education initiative of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce that works to bring members of the community together to advance education in Natchitoches Parish. The Chamber recognizes the importance of education to the success and growth of our community and understands that the responsibility lies not only on the shoulders of our educators, but on the entire community at large. The A+ Coalition aims to offer a platform for organizations and individuals to get involved, stay informed, and give of their time and resources to make an impact on education in Natchitoches Parish.

    Together with our members and partners, the A+ Coalition aims to: 

    • Attract and retain great teachers,
    • Recognize and support teaching excellence,
    • Promote and incentivize student performance,
    • Engage and mobilize the business community.


    Our Work

    Excellence in Education Awards

    The Excellence in Education Awards recognize the Students, Teachers, and Principals of the Year during the Best of Natchitoches Awards luncheon. During this time, we also recognize the Elite Scholar Scholarship Recipient. This event exemplifies the mission of the A+ Coalition: to bring our community together to reward academic excellence and advance education in Natchitoches Parish.

    Elite Scholars 

    Top-performing seniors from high schools located in Natchitoches parish are recognized for their achievements on social media through senior profile spotlights. Elite Scholars are invited to complete an essay as part of their senior profile submission. The A+ Coalition committee reviews the essays and then selects the most compelling essay as the Elite Scholar scholarship recipient. The essay recipient receives their scholarship at the Best of Natchitoches Awards luncheon.

    Submit your Senior Profile HERE.

    New Teacher Welcome

    The A+ Coalition and its partners welcome new Natchitoches Parish teachers every August just prior to the beginning of school. Team players such as the Natchitoches Community Alliance, the Natchitoches Parish School Board, the College of Education at Northwestern State University, the City of Natchitoches and the Chamber of Commerce come together to thank these individuals for choosing Natchitoches Parish, welcome them to our community, and offer our support as they begin the school year. The Coalition hopes to build on this event every year in an effort to attract and retain great teachers.

    S.T.E.A.M. in Education Grant

    Educators in the school district may apply annually to the A+ Coalition S.T.E.A.M. in Education Grant, which is funded through the Chamber Education Fund. This grant is awarded on an annual basis to a teacher in Natchitoches Parish for innovative technology used to advance classroom learning and enhance the skills of students.

    Click here to learn more.


    The Chamber Education Fund supports middle school math development by sponsoring Natchitoches Parish math clubs that compete in regional and state MathCounts competitions. Middle school math club advisors may contact us to opt-in to this program.


    Our Partners














    Become A Partner

    The A+ Coalition seeks corporate partners not just to write a check, but to join the movement that will advance education in Natchitoches, a cause that we believe may be the most important investment you will make in our community. We recognize that our growth and momentum cannot rely solely on our local businesses. We ask that you consider joining the Coalition at a high level so that we might multiply your dollars by strategic fundraising efforts in our own back yard. Join the movement today by clicking the button below or contact our office at 318-352-6894 if you would like to schedule a meeting with a member of the Coalition to learn more!


    Donor Request

    The A+ Coalition strategically supports innovative initiatives that elevate education within Natchitoches Parish. Donor requests may be submitted by registered non-profit organizations. To request a donation for your organization, click the button below.