Download here: BRAZ Common Application 2016-17

Twelve public charter schools in North Baton Rouge announce the launch of the new 2016-2017 Baton Rouge Achievement Zone Common Application.  The Common Application unifies enrollment timelines and simplifies the process for families seeking choices across a growing array of public school options in the Achievement Zone.  “We look forward to participating in the unified enrollment process,” said Laurel Oaks Elementary Principal, Shafeeq Shamsid-Deen.  “Our families can really benefit when schools come together to make things easier.”

Expanded School Options: the following schools are participating in the Baton Rouge Achievement Zone Common Application, including two new schools (*) opening this August:

  • Apex Collegiate Academy*
  • Baton Rouge Bridge Academy
  • Baton Rouge College Prep
  • Baton Rouge UP Elementary
  • Democracy Prep Baton Rouge
  • Friendship Capitol High School
  • GEO Prep Academy
  • Laurel Oaks*
  • Thrive
  • Celerity Crestworth Middle School
  • Celerity Dalton Elementary School
  • Celerity Lanier Elementary School

Unified Timeline: families seeking to apply to a Baton Rouge Achievement Zone school are welcome to submit a Common Application to the schools of their choice prior to the application deadline of March 11.

Simplified Process: Families interested in attending Baton Rouge Achievement Zone schools no longer have to visit the school directly to get an application or fill out different applications for each school. Rather, a family can fill out the Common Application once and submit a copy to each school they are interested in attending. “The Common Application ensures families have a simple, streamlined process to enroll students in participating schools, said Michelle Gieg, Democracy Prep Baton Rouge Executive Director.

The Common Application ensures all children have access to an excellent education and provides families the ease of one application that can be submitted to each participating school for which a student would like to apply.  New Schools for Baton Rouge and other non-profit partners encourage families to explore their options by visiting schools.

What is the Baton Rouge Achievement Zone?

The Baton Rouge Achievement Zone is a community-wide response to the growing demand for great schools for students throughout North Baton Rouge.  The result is a collaborative partnership between the Louisiana Department of Education, Recovery School District, New Schools for Baton Rouge, and community, business, and civic leaders across the parish.  The goal of the Baton Rouge Achievement Zone is to create a system of autonomous high-performing schools that prepare students for college and career and engage local citizens in the push for quality educational outcomes for all Baton Rouge communities.