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

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Photo Credit :: The Dunham School

Baton Rouge Area Schools, Admissions and Open Houses

If you live in Baton Rouge with kids, it’s likely that choosing a school is a big decision for you and your family.

Red Stick Mom aims to make living in Baton Rouge, LA easier for parents. There’s a good chance that Red Stick Mom has a resource for what your family needs, whether that’s a list of fun splash pads or a list of the best schools in Baton Rouge. Choosing a school is a BIG decision and not one that comes easily. It is our hope that this guide to Baton Rouge schools and open houses will make it easier for you to navigate open house season and any educational decisions that your family may be making this year.

If you would like to know what LOCAL moms think about the schools in the greater Baton Rouge area you can also join the Red Stick Mom Neighborhood groups. These groups are a great place to ask all the pressing questions you may have about school culture, uniforms, daily routines living in Baton Rouge with kids and more.

Would you like to have your school added to this guide?

Please email karen{@}redstickmom{dot}com.

The Dunham School

Dunham School Baton Rouge

For more than 40 years, The Dunham School has educated minds and hearts for Christ. Serving ages two through 12th grade and recognized as one of the most innovative schools in the country, Dunham offers an individualized approach to learning, small classes, 1:1 technology, and amazing teachers who help students reach their full God-given potential now and in the future. We invite you to schedule a personal tour or attend an open house to learn more about the academic, fine arts, athletic, and extracurricular opportunities available at Dunham. For more information, please visit our website at dunhamschool.org or contact our admissions office at 225-767-7097 ext. 324.

2024-2025 Open House Dates:
PreK/K Play Day: Friday, September 27; 8:30 am
Open House: Friday, November 1; 8:15 am

East Baton Rouge Parish School System

East Baton Rouge Parish School System

The second-largest school system in Louisiana, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) serves more than 40,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and takes pride in inspiring students to achieve. The school system, comprised of more than 80 schools, 11 of which are U.S. Blue Ribbon Schools, is paving the way for students to succeed by providing technology-rich instruction; an array of diverse academic programs; and a large variety of extracurricular activities to meet every child’s unique interests. With an invigorated mission to inspire humanity through transformational learning in the classroom and in the community, enrolling your child in an EBRPSS school is a wonderful investment in your child’s academic future.

For additional information on the East Baton Rouge Parish School System and to learn more about our offerings, visit our website at www.ebrschools.org.

Baton Rouge Ochsner Discovery Health Sciences Academy

Baton Rouge Charter School

At Discovery, we strive to create meaningful and engaging learning opportunities so that all students thrive. Baton Rouge Ochsner Discovery is a tuition-free, Louisiana-based public charter school that offers a health sciences-integrated curriculum with the flexibility to adapt to students’ educational needs. The school serves students in Pre-K through 5th grade and will add a grade level each year until reaching 8th grade by fall 2027. We recognize that each child is unique, and understanding how a child learns is important. We offer various support services to accommodate all types of learners. Through a robust academic program and health sciences integration, students can discover talents, explore opportunities, and achieve success. Admission is not limited to the Baton Rouge area; all Louisiana residents are eligible to apply.

To learn more, please visit www.discoveryhsf.org.

Sacred Heart of Jesus School

Baton Rouge Schools with Dyslexia Lab

Established in 1929, Sacred Heart of Jesus School educates Pre-K3 through eighth-grade students at our historic campus in the heart of Baton Rouge. Under the leadership of Father Josh Johnson and Principal Michael Miller, our committed faculty delivers a solid curriculum with individualized instruction that is rooted in the Catholic faith. Sacred Heart is proud to be one of the schools in the diocese that currently offers 1:1 technology with Chromebooks for each student in second through eighth grade and iPads for each PreK through first-grade student. In addition to 1:1 technology, Sacred Heart offers a dyslexia/instructional support lab, advanced math for middle school students, and Algebra I for eighth grade. Students enjoy numerous opportunities for personal growth through leadership roles, service projects, creativity, and athletics. Almost a century after its initial construction, Sacred Heart of Jesus School continues the major renovations to provide the environment and technology essential for a modern day education. With these renovations, Sacred Heart strives to modernize the interior while maintaining the historical exterior of the iconic main school building.

Open House: October 16th 2024 from 5-7 pm AND January 16th 2025 from 5-7 pm
Contact Sharon Jones ([email protected]) to schedule a private tour and discover the Heart of Baton Rouge!

Parkview Baptist School

Private Schools in Baton Rouge

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.

St. Joseph’s Academy

Welcoming schools in Baton Rouge

For 156 years, St. Joseph’s Academy has stood as a pillar of excellence in the Baton Rouge community. Founded in 1868 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, this premier Catholic high school for young women is a place where relationships are strengthened and young girls become women of faith, hope and love. SJA is a five-time National Blue Ribbon School awardee, having been honored by the U.S. Department of Education in 1991, 1996, 2002, 2016 and 2023. Academy students grow in Catholic faith traditions through a comprehensive religious education program, liturgical rituals and service opportunities; become life-long learners through interaction with master teachers and mentors; and enjoy peer relationships and learn leadership skills in a variety of co-curricular activities.

In an all-girls’ learning environment, young women explore, learn and grow without fear of failure. They speak their mind, express themselves freely, ask questions, openly engage in the exchange of ideas and find their passion: academically, in athletics and co-curricular activities, in leadership roles, in the arts and in their faith life. They are challenged, inspired, encouraged and prepared for the 21st century world which awaits them.

We can’t wait to meet you. Girls in grades 6-8 and their families are invited to Open House 2024 on Thursday, October 17. Tours are available between 3:30 and 7 p.m. Time slot reservations will be available this Fall. We encourage you to call Admissions Director Meredith Smith at (225) 388-2243 for additional information.

Episcopal School of Baton Rouge

Best Baton Rouge Schools

For decades now the Greater Baton Rouge community has entrusted Episcopal School of Baton Rouge to educate and prepare their PreK-3 through twelfth-grade students. Our premier educational program begins with a solid foundation in Lower School with an emphasis on purposeful play and project-based learning. Middle School students benefit from social-emotional learning and age-appropriate leadership opportunities. Upper School students are provided unparalleled access to personalized college counseling to help them find the school that best meets their life goals. Our whole-child philosophy means students are prepared to meet the challenge of rigorous academic standards, while also developing spiritually, gaining a deeper appreciation for the arts, and competing in inclusive sports. The strong sense of community that defines Episcopal is reflected in the cooperative effort of teachers, staff, students, parents, alumni, and friends working together to create an environment that supports this comprehensive development of students.

To learn more, contact our admission team at [email protected] or call (225) 755-2685. Private tours are also available throughout the year. 

St. Luke's Episcopal School

Episcopal Schools in Baton Rouge

Since 1957, St. Luke’s Episcopal School has delivered high quality education in a warm, sweet, loving environment for students in Pre-K3 through 8th grade. St. Luke’s is where everyone knows everyone’s name and no child blends into the crowd. Small class sizes allow our accomplished faculty to recognize and develop each child’s individual gifts and talents. St. Luke’s challenging academic program and continuous social, spiritual, and physical opportunities prepare students for life. Our parents say it best: “Not only does St. Luke’s help children in their academic performance, they help mold them into wholesome human beings. They focus on each child’s heart and who they are to become in the future.” Learn why parents choose St. Luke’s and schedule a private tour today!

Click here to schedule a tour or call 225-927-8601.

The Brighton School

Baton Rouge Schools for students with language-based learning difference

For over five decades The Brighton School has been leading the way for students with language-based learning differences. Serving Kindergarten through twelfth grade, our students are taught using the most current evidence-based practices which target both academic strengths and weaknesses. Our students benefit greatly from small class sizes and hand-on learning across all subject areas. Reading and math are taught in even smaller groups using Orton-Gillingham methodologies. In addition, all students receive integrated instruction in social emotional learning and executive function skills.

We invite you to schedule a tour for Walk-Thru Wednesday, available every Wednesday at 9am. Visit our website www.thebrightonschool.org or contact our Director of Enrollment, Angelle High, at [email protected] or 225-291-2524. See our students in action and learn more about the opportunities available through The Brighton School.

Family Christian Academy

Family Christian Academy

Educating children since its organization in 1983, Family Christian Academy is a ministry outreach of Family Worship Center located on Bluebonnet Blvd. Serving ages from pre-k to high school seniors, students enjoy individualized instruction due to small class sizes with an average student-to-teacher ratio of 8:1. At Family Christian Academy, we believe that education is a life-long endeavor, but the quality of the foundation of that education is paramount. Our students experience nurturing, highly-qualified teachers who foster academic development rooted in a traditional pencil-and-paper education enriched with all of the advantages that cutting-edge technology offers. All students at FCA can participate in many of the same sport and enrichment activities larger schools offer at a place where everyone is treated as family. Middle and high school students gain access to honors and dual enrollment classes that consistently produce students in the top 1% of nationwide graduates, as well, FCA is an approved ACT testing site.

BASIS Baton Rouge Charter Schools

BASIS Baton Rouge Charter Schools

Discover BASIS Baton Rouge Charter Schools—two tuition-free, public charter schools serving students in East Baton Rouge Parish School District. BASIS Baton Rouge Primary Mid City serves grades K–5, while BASIS Baton Rouge Materra serves grades K–9 and will expand one grade level each year until it’s a K–12 school in 2026–27. Together, our two schools are a omplete K–12 journey that will set your child up for success. At every grade level, we are committed to providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for our students. Supported by an accelerated curriculum and teachers who are experts in their fields, our students dream bigger and achieve more.

Visit enrollBASIS.com to RSVP for a school tour or to submit an application.

Great Hearts Harveston Academy

Great Hearts Harveston Academy

Great Hearts Harveston is the newest and most integral part of the renowned Great Hearts Academies network, and a growing K-12 academy in the heart of Baton Rouge, Louisiana off the corner of Bluebonnet and Nicholson. As a brand new, tuition-free, public charter school, we are honored to offer a classical education that nurtures young minds from kindergarten through high school, preparing them for both collegiate success and a life rich in virtue. At Great Hearts Harveston, we believe in the transformative power of a classical liberal arts education. Our curriculum is meticulously crafted to provide an educational journey that transcends the limitations of many specialized curricula, fostering a deep appreciation for the true, the good, and the beautiful. We are committed to developing well-educated, well-cultivated human beings, guided by the pursuit of human excellence—otherwise known as virtue—in all endeavors.

Come and see the Great Hearts difference on a campus tour! You can reserve your tour spot online here.

Apply for the 2024-2025 school year.

Register for Information Night on March 26th!

St. Thomas More Catholic School

Schools and admissions Baton Rouge

St. Thomas More Catholic School proudly educates 600 students from PK3 through 8th grade with 75 dedicated staff members in a faith-filled environment. We believe in a well-rounded education, which sets the foundation for success, and in an academic focus, which teaches key concepts promoting success. Partnering academics with athletics, co-curricular activities, and fine arts is vital in helping students recognize their strengths and interests. Prayer is a significant part of the school day, along with special religious experiences that help students develop a deeper understanding and love of their faith. Prayer, religion curriculum, and paraliturgy experiences form the overall climate of the school.

Schedule your private tour today at stmbr.org/tourSTM. For admissions information, please visit stmbr.org/admissions.

University View Academy

Virtual School Louisiana

University View Academy is a Louisiana-based K-12 tuition-free, online public charter school available to students statewide from any parish. As one of the most innovative virtual charter schools in Louisiana, we offer a unique online environment with certified teachers and proven curricula that allow student families the flexibility and freedom to learn in a way that fits their lifestyle needs. University View Academy also offers an early college high school program that allows our students to earn a free two-year associate degree from a partner community or technical college by either attending classes on campus or online via dual enrollment. This incredible program offers UVA students the opportunity to get ahead on their four-year degree while still qualifying for TOPS when they graduate from high school.

To learn more about University View Academy and participate in one of our virtual info-sessions, visit us online.

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