Today, IDEA Public Schools kicked-off its second school year in Baton Rouge. Our employees welcomed back nearly 1,300 students for the first day of the 2019-2020 school year. IDEA Public Schools is home to 4 schools throughout the Baton Rouge area. 

Over the last 19 years, IDEA has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States. From Pre-K – 12th grade, IDEA Public Schools is focused on sending 100% of students to college. For the last 13 years, 100% of IDEA graduates have been accepted to college.  

 Currently, both schools serve students between our academy and college prep campuses. IDEA Bridge serves grades K through 4 & 6 – 7 and IDEA Innovation will serve grades K through 3 & 6 – 7. They will grow to serve grades K-12 when fully scaled. 

 As IDEA Academy students persist each year, they are exposed to a combination of intimate, individualized instruction, and web-based, support from the nation’s leading educational technologies and software.  

Through IDEA’s AP For All initiative, every IDEA college preparatory student is required to take at least 11 AP courses as part of their core coursework. This strategy provides equity of access to rigorous and challenging coursework for all students. Not only does the coursework help prepare students for college, it allows them the opportunity to earn college credit before ever stepping foot onto a college campus. 

“We take pride in the fact that as we continue to grow to serve more students, our results continue to get better year after year,” said JoAnn Gama, president and superintendent at IDEA Public Schools. “Everyone, from our school leaders and teachers to campus operations staff, are committed to sending 100% of our students to and through college, and we are looking forward to another great year ahead.” 

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