Every student in every neighborhood deserves an excellent school.
Today, a majority of our public school students attend underperforming schools. East Baton Rouge Parish is home to more than 80,000 school-aged children and is served by four school districts and numerous public charter, private and parochial schools.As a result of limited access to high-quality public school options, parents and families have increasingly opted into private or charter schools, or created entirely new independent school districts. We need more proven, high performing schools to provide all Baton Rouge students with life-changing opportunities.
The largest school district in the parish is the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS)—where nearly 80 percent of 42,000-plus students are black and 84 percent live in poverty. Three breakaway school districts–Baker, Central, and Zachary–were formed in the early 2000s, and a fourth breakaway effort in the southern part of the parish narrowly failed in 2015.
Undoubtedly, there are high-quality schools in Baton Rouge that should be celebrated and recognized. Many of our A and B schools have tremendous results, but we just don’t have enough of them available for all kids across the city.
Across the parish, the opportunity gap between white students and their peer students of color is dramatic. The highest concentration of underperforming schools are in the neighborhoods of highest need– the communities of North Baton Rouge, where virtually all schools are rated D or F by the state.
New Schools for Baton Rouge partners with and supports high-quality schools to ensure every student has an opportunity to learn and succeed in college or careers after high school. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, we are increasing diverse school options across our community comprised of traditional neighborhood, district, charter and nonpublic offerings, accessible to all of our families.