The Guide to Baton Rouge Area Schools, Admissions and Open Houses

Baton Rouge schools, open houses and admissions information.

Guide to Baton Rouge Area Schools, Admissions and Open Houses

Especially in the era of COVID-19 choosing a school is a BIG decision and not one that comes easily. The normally HUGE decision of choosing an educational institution in Baton Rouge has become even more of a daunting task with new items to consider like – in person versus distance learning, what virtual learning looks like, and school’s plans for safety during the pandemic. It is our hope that this guide to Baton Rouge area school open houses will make it easier for you to navigate open house season, as well as these new waters of education, during a pandemic.

***Please note, we do recognize that Open House dates and requirements may be a fluid situation this year. Please contact each school directly to confirm any programing or options.***

Whatever you choose for your family, from an educational standpoint this fall and spring, please know that we wish you safety, happiness, connection and confidence. This is not an easy year. We stand by all of you, our readers, and the choices that you make for your families regarding education. 

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The Dunham School

Private school options in Baton Rouge.

As the leading Christian school in Baton Rouge for girls and boys in grades PreK3-12, Dunham prepares students for success in college and in life. Within the framework of Christian instruction and example, our students are challenged to think, inspired to create, empowered to lead, and motivated to win. At Dunham, you’ll find intentionally small classes, where a blend of traditional and innovative teaching is combined with the latest technology to ignite creativity and intellectual curiosity. You’ll discover expert teachers who treasure each child as the individual he or she was created to be and academic, athletic, fine arts, and leadership programs that prepare our students to meet their God-given potential now and in the future. But it’s not just our college preparatory curriculum, cutting-edge technology, and innovative programs that single us out in Baton Rouge. It’s how our faculty and students use these resources every day—collaborating, problem solving, mentoring, communicating, learning, and leading—that’s unique. And it’s the Christ-like love modeled and lived out daily that creates a palpable and joyful spirit on our campus—a spirit that makes all the difference in educating young minds and hearts. We invite you to join us at an Open House or contact our admissions office to schedule a personal tour.

2020-2021 Open House Dates:

Open Every Day!

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, The Dunham School will not be hosting a traditional open house this fall. However, our admissions office is open every day, and our staff would be delighted to meet with prospective families—either in person or virtually. We also invite families to take a virtual campus tour at their leisure.

PreK/K Virtual Play Day (PreK3, PreK4, K)

Friday, October 9; 8:30-10:00 am

Parkview Baptist School

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Parkview Baptist School’s Christ-centered, pre-K – grade 12, college preparatory education equips students with the intellectual, spiritual, social, physical, and emotional skills necessary for college, for life, and for eternity. Our exceptional educational program is built on the four As – Abundant Life, Academics, Arts, and Athletics. Each day, our team of nurturing, dedicated faculty support and challenge our students to grow and mature into the individuals God created them to be. For students desiring a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum and a flexible schedule, Parkview also offers a Flex Program in Baton Rouge & St. Francisville. Learning coaches monitor student progress daily and our subject-area specialists facilitate students’ content mastery. We are proud to be the only private school in Louisiana to receive national Blue Ribbon School recognition in 2019. We look forward to showing you everything Parkview has for your family!

Open House Dates for 1st through 12th grade | October 7, November 11, January 13, February 10, and March 10.

Come and Play Dates for Early Childhood (Pre-K and Kindergarten) | October 8, November 12, January 14, February 11, March 11 and April 29.

Episcopal School of Baton Rouge

College preparatory program in Baton Rouge.

“In all, I know this was an unprecedented and enormous challenge for all involved. I am deeply grateful for the terrific teachers, their accessibility, patience, kindness and guidance during this unforeseen circumstance. I think they did a wonderful job.” – Episcopal Parent While the 2019-2020 school year presented unique challenges, Episcopal faculty and staff never wavered from their efforts to educate the whole child even during distance learning. This has been the case for more than 50 years as Episcopal has prepared students for lives of purpose and meaning through an inclusive faith-based education. We invite you to learn more about Episcopal’s PreK-3 through 12th grade college preparatory program by joining us for a virtual campus tour this fall. Tours will highlight the academic, artistic, athletic and spiritual opportunities that make the Episcopal experience well respected throughout the region. For more information, visit our website at episcopalbr.org/admission or contact us at 225-755-2684.

Sacred Heart of Jesus School

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Established in 1929, Sacred Heart of Jesus School educates PreK4 through eighth grade students at our historic campus in the heart of Baton Rouge. Nestled between downtown and mid-city, Sacred Heart continues to be the school of choice for parents in the greater Baton Rouge area.  Our campus includes our iconic school building, a breathtaking church, a fully restored ball field that dates back to the 1920s, and two gymnasiums, including one in the renovated, historic CYO building. Sacred Heart takes pride in a student body that reflects diverse religions, ethnicities, socio-economic statuses, races, and neighborhoods. This diversity is the very foundation of our mission. Our committed faculty delivers a solid curriculum with individualized instruction that is rooted in the Catholic faith. Learning – whether in the classroom or through distance learning – is enhanced with 1:1 Chromebooks and Google Classroom for second through eighth grade students, and 1:1 iPads for PreK4 through second grade students. Sacred Heart offers a dyslexia/instructional support lab, advanced math for middle school students, and Algebra I for eighth-grade students. One out of three eligible students qualify for Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP). Students enjoy numerous opportunities for personal growth through leadership roles, service projects, creativity, and athletics. With a wide variety of enrichment and athletics, including a Biddy Sports program for PreK4 through second grade students, Sacred Heart fulfills its mission to “educate the mind, body and spirit.”

One hundred percent of Sacred Heart eighth graders are accepted to their first-choice high school.  Recent high school graduates have been accepted to prestigious universities such as Harvard, University of Southern California, Georgetown University, and Fordham University.  Explore our website, Facebook page, and Instagram account to discover why we are #SacredHeartProud.

Contact Assistant Principal Langley McClay (LMcClay@SacredHeartBR.com) to schedule a private tour and discover the Heart of Baton Rouge!

Open House Date:  TBD

Catholic High School (CHS)

Catholic high schools in Baton Rouge.

For 126 years, Catholic High School (CHS) has set the standard for excellence in education in the Baton Rouge area. Founded in 1894 by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, CHS is an all-male college preparatory school for grades 8-12 dedicated to providing opportunities for the development of spiritual, moral, intellectual, social and physical growth of each student. Recognized five times as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the Department of Education, CHS offers a rigorous academic program that includes a 1:1 laptop program, multiple honors and AP courses, a STREAM curriculum (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics) and a wide range of electives. In addition, students have the opportunity to excel in 12 different sports, with many competing for state titles each year. With more than 30 extracurricular activities offered, students are able to pursue interests in clubs such as Bruin Broadcast, drama, robotics, Respect Life and Ultimate Frisbee, just to name a few. The mission of Catholic High School is to teach gospel values in an environment of academic excellence according to Catholic tradition and the spirit of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.

Enroll Baton Rouge

Find a Baton Rouge charter school that is right for me.

Enroll Baton Rouge is an easy-to-use website that assists families with applying to the charter school that is right for their student by consolidating all of the schools in one location. By informing parents of the options available, the site allows them to select a school that will meet the needs of their children. With the click of a button, families are able to view school options, research information and apply for a spot. The mission of Enroll Baton Rouge is to empower families. We believe in the power of families and support their ability to choose the best learning environment for their students.

St. James Episcopal Day School

Episcopal educational options in Baton Rouge.

St. James Episcopal Day School serves children ages 18 months through 5th grade. Founded as a private elementary school in 1948, the school is committed to developing each child’s unique gifts by providing a strong foundation combining academic excellence and spiritual formation within a warm, loving, Christian community. Come experience our award-winning school and beautiful downtown campus that is a landmark in Baton Rouge. At St. James, students benefit from a well-rounded curriculum that emphasizes the whole child. Students have challenging academics and enrichment classes including art, music, Spanish, STEM, and broadcast journalism. Low teacher-to-student ratios and small class sizes help students receive individualized attention. St. James also offers high-quality, faith-based preschool programs in our Early Childhood Development Center. Classes are led by experienced early childhood teachers in a newly-renovated facility customized for young learners. Join us live for one of our Virtual Open House events in October. Visit stjameseds.org or email admissions@stjameseds.org for more information or to register.

BASIS Baton Rouge

Charter school options in Baton Rouge

BASIS Baton Rouge is a tuition-free public charter school, currently serving students in grades K–6. The campus opened in 2019, as the first BASIS Charter School in Louisiana. In 2021–22, BASIS Baton Rouge will enroll grades K–7, and add one grade each year, ultimately growing to serve grades K–12. Founded in 1998, BASIS Charter Schools educate students at the highest international levels through our STEM-inspired liberal arts curriculum. Our students achieve high standards because they believe they can, and because they are prepared with the tools and support they need to succeed. Our expert teachers extend their knowledge and enthusiasm to their students, fuel critical and creative thinking, and guide them to develop interdisciplinary connections, encouraging deep content knowledge. Our diverse and inclusive community is represented by many backgrounds and perspectives, creating a culture of respect, accountability, and collaboration. The primary BASIS Charter School Curriculum enables students to excel in our secondary program by building upon fundamentals at an accelerated pace. Every K–3 class is led by two caring and supportive teachers working in tandem to create a comprehensive learning experience and ensure that each student’s needs are met. Grades 3–5 students take a variety of national and international assessments, and consistently outperform their peers.

Visit enrollBASIS.com to sign up for an Open House on October 29, 6–8:00 p.m.

Blue Bridge ASL Academy

Baton Rouge language immersion pre-school and childcare center

Blue Bridge ASL Academy is the very first language immersion pre-school and childcare center in Louisiana, specialized in the bilingual acquisition of American Sign Language (ASL) and English, for hearing and Deaf children alike. With state-certified educators and gold-standard curriculum, our #BilingualBabies are proven models of exemplary early childhood development. Here you’ll discover a wealth of industry-celebrated experts, including one Deaf teacher and one hearing teacher in each classroom, as well as professional partnerships with a range of therapists and specialists. Equipped with the best leaders in the field, as well as state-of-the-art indoor-outdoor facilities, Blue Bridge brings the best in each young one to life- from essential life skills, to social-emotional learning, to Kindergarten classroom readiness. While we believe in tailoring our teaching to suit each child’s specific set of needs, our general curriculum is focused on principals of STEAM, sensory exploration, language acquisition and early literacy, nutrition and health, social and cultural development- all within a child-centered, kid-approved model. Explore our virtual tour, or schedule your in-person tour with our Directors today at bluebridgeasl.com!

Baton Rouge schools, open houses and admissions information.

Additional Baton Rouge School Resources

On Back to School, in the Era Of Covid-19 

Planning for Success in the 2020/2021 School Year

Preparing for Academic Success Amid COVID-19: Tips For Parents

Preschool in Baton Rouge

Pre-K Programs :: Five Qualities to Look For

The Search For the Perfect Preschool 

On Preparing for Kindergarten

I Heart Montessori 

Activities and Resources for Parents of Young Kids

Why We Chose Montessori

Homeschooling in Baton Rouge

Register for Homeschool in Louisiana

Five Things Homeschooling Mamas Want You to Know

Back to School…..Or Not {On Homeschooling}

So You’re Thinking of Homeschooling?

Lessons from the Carpool Line {Transitions of a Previously Homeschooling Family}

The Truth About the Homeschooling Mom

To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool?

10 Lessons I Learned in My First Year Homeschooling

A List of Homeschool Organizations

The Unlikely Homeschool

Private Schools in Baton Rouge

Why This Public School Teacher is Sending Her Kids to Private School

Choosing a Private School {A Checklist}

The Case For Single Gender Schools

Baton Rouge Public Schools

Why Parents Are Choosing EBR Public Schools

East Baton Rouge Parish School System

Two Kids, Two Schools :: Navigating East Baton Rouge Schools

Year Round School, One Year Later

Hybrid Schools

Hybrid Schooling: A New Educational Model in Louisiana

Special Needs

Choosing the Best School {Special Needs Edition}

On Back to School Anxiety

East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Exceptional Student Services

Dyslexia Support and Resources

School Based Speech Therapy {The IEP Process Explained}

Love to Our Teachers

A Letter to My Child’s Teachers

Year Long Teacher Appreciation

On College (Yes, You Will Be there One Day If You Are Not Already)

Call Your Kids, NOT Their Professors

Additional Baton Rouge School Resources

The Louisiana Department of Education

East Baton Rouge Parish School System Open House Dates

FAQ on EBR Magnet Schools

On Helping With Homework…

Red Stick School Guide :: Better Information for Baton Rouge Families

Challenges of School Aged Kids

How to Make Friends Like a Sixth Grader

Rude, Mean or Bullying and What To Do About It

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