Troubled Baton Rouge charter gets new life, plan for new management

A plan for new management at an otherwise doomed Baton Rouge charter school won easy approval Tuesday from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The school that was in jeopardy, Baton Rouge Charter Academy at Mid City, appeared done in December when BESE voted to close the school amid dismal student performance.

The school, which serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade, has never scored above an F in the state’s annual public school ratings.

But leaders of GEO Prep Academy, a C-rated charter school, successfully proposed taking over Baton Rouge Charter Academy starting with the fall of 2017. GEO Prep is an open enrollment operation and 98 percent of its roughly 250 students come from poor homes, according to state documents.

The plan will allow Baton Rouge Charter Academy to have up to 630 students.

State Superintendent of Education John White said GEO Prep has done a good job in its two years of classes.

The president of GEO Prep’s board of directors is Linda Johnson, a former member of BESE.

Johnson was on hand for the meeting, but did not address her former board since the proposal won swift approval.

The plan is for GEO Prep to lease Baton Rouge Charter’s campus, which is at 1771 N. Lobdell Blvd.

GEO Prep is operated by the GEO Foundation, a nonprofit group in Indianapolis.

Baton Rouge Charter has been managed by Charter Schools USA, which is based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

While Tuesday’s action was done by a BESE committee, final approval is all but certain when the board meets on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Charter schools are public schools run by non-governmental boards. They are supposed to offer students innovative options minus some of the rules that govern traditional public schools.


Aplica Ahora

Grade Level

GEO Prep Academy utilizará el sistema en línea EnrollBR para el proceso de inscripción 2021-2022. EnrollBR es un proceso de solicitud común que brinda ayuda a las familias con la correcta elección de la escuela que satisfará las necesidades que sus hijos tengan. Los padres deben seguir las instrucciones a continuación para registrarse para el año escolar 2020-2021.

  1. Haga clic aquí para ir directamente a EnrollBR y comenzar su aplicación.
  2. Necesitará una dirección de correo electrónico. Si no tiene uno, aquí le brendaremos instrucciones para ayudarlo a configurar una cuenta de gmail de Google. Haga clic aquí
  3. Para obtener instrucciones sobre cómo completar la solicitud de inscripción ante de, Haga clic aquí

Para el año escolar 2020-2021, GEO Prep Academy inscribirá los grados K – 8o. Las escuelas están ubicadas en:

  • Grados K-2do – 4006 Platt, Baton Rouge, LA 70814
  • 3ro – 8vo Grados – 2311 N. Sherwood Forest Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Para obtener información sobre cómo inscribirse en el actual año escolar, comuníquese con la escuela. Se puede contactar a ambas escuelas al número (225) 927-1500.

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Grade Level

GEO Prep Academy will be utilizing the EnrollBR online system for the 2021-2022 enrollment process. EnrollBR is a common application process that assists families with school choice to meet the needs of their child(ren). Parents should follow the below directions to register for the 2020-2021 school year.

  1. Click Here to go directly to EnrollBR and begin your application.
  2. You will need an email address. If you do not have one, there are instructions to help you set up a Google Gmail Account. Click here
  3. For instructions on completing the enrollment application beforehand, Click Here

For the 2020-2021 school year, GEO Prep Academy will be enrolling grades K – 8. The schools are located at:

  • K-2nd Grades – 4006 Platt, Baton Rouge, LA 70814
  • 3rd – 8th Grades – 2311 N. Sherwood Forest Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815

For information on enrolling this current school year, please contact the school. Both schools can be contacted at (225) 927-1500.