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

Educational Options in Baton Rouge

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

Especially as the world is adjusting to a “new normal,” choosing a school in Baton Rouge, LA is a BIG decision and not one that comes easily. The normally HUGE decision of navigating the school admissions process in the Greater Baton Rouge area has become even more of a daunting task with new items to consider such as a school’s plans for safety and COVID-19 related policies. 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, as well as these new waters of education, during and after a pandemic.

***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. 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

Christian School in Baton Rouge

For 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 learning, small classes, 1:1 technology, and amazing teachers who help students reach their full potential and envision a future full of possibilities. 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.

2021-2022 Open House Dates:

PreK/K Play Days:

Friday, September 24; 8:30 am and Friday, October 22; 8:30 am

Open Houses:

Friday, October 29; 8:30 am and Friday, February 4; 8:30 am

Parkview Baptist School


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!

Episcopal School of Baton Rouge

Episcopal School of Baton Rouge

Join us for a private tour or at our Open House showcasing all that Episcopal School of Baton Rouge has to offer students in the Baton Rouge region. As a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, Episcopal seeks to nurture and develop the whole child – spiritually, intellectually, morally, physically, and artistically. Through challenging academics and co-curricular programs, we prepare our graduates for college and purposeful lives. Our students benefit from a cohesive and collaborative PreK-3 – 12th grade Episcopalian education, the only of its kind in Baton Rouge. For 50+ years, families have chosen Episcopal, and we approach the admission process much the way we approach our educational philosophy – through personalized attention and support. Campus visits provide families an in-depth look at Episcopal.

The Middle and Upper School Open House is October 14th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.  Lower School Open House is October 21st from 8:00 – 10:00 am.

 If you prefer to schedule a private tour or want to learn more about the benefits of an Episcopal education, contact our Admission team

Sacred Heart of Jesus School

Catholic School Options in Baton Rouge

Established in 1929, Sacred Heart of Jesus School educates PreK4 through eighth grade students at our historic campus in the heart of Baton Rouge. 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. 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 has begun 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.

Contact Michael Miller ([email protected]) to schedule a private tour and discover the Heart of Baton Rouge!

Open House Date: TBD

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 [email protected] for more information or to register.



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BASIS Baton Rouge Charter Schools

Baton Rouge Charter Schools

BASIS Baton Rouge – Materra Campus is a K–7 public charter school in East Baton Rouge that will ultimately grow to serve grades K–12. The growing demand for great education led to a second BASIS Charter School in Louisiana. BASIS Baton Rouge Primary – Mid City Campus opened in August 2021 to serve grades K–4. All BASIS Charter Schools utilize the same STEM-inspired liberal arts curriculum to educate K–12 students to the highest international standards, preparing them to be active participants in the 21st century global workforce.

The tuition-free K–12 BASIS Charter Schools network is among the best in the United States—by national rankings, international exam scores, or any other measure.

Baton Rouge International School

Is there an IB School in Baton Rouge?

As the world is changing around us, Baton Rouge International School offers a unique opportunity for students to concentrate on academic excellence, multilingualism, and global thinking in a nurturing and culturally diverse learning environment. A child can start at BRIS at any age, from 6 weeks to grade 12 – no prior language experience necessary. We are truly an international school, offering full language immersion in multiple languages and an authentic global learning experience within a diverse community of educators from all over the world. As an IB (International Baccalaureate®) World School and part of International Schools Partnership, our students benefit from being part of a wider international community of schools, which provides many additional learning and cultural opportunities. Studying at BRIS means joining a progressive, open-minded, and ambitious international school community. We encourage you to further explore our educational vision by visiting us in person on our beautiful 18-acre campus in the heart of Baton Rouge.

Fall Tour Days :: Every weekday in October & November

Schedule a tour: https://www.brintl.com

East Baton Rouge Parish School System

Public School Baton Rouge

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 “Building the Future of Baton Rouge.” 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

Educational Options in Baton Rouge

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

Special Needs

Choosing the Best School {Special Needs Edition}

On Back to School Anxiety

East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Exceptional Student Services

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

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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