IDEA Public Schools to Expand in 2021

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IDEA Public Schools

BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — IDEA Public Schools announces IDEA University Prep Academy and College Prep to launch in August 2021.  

IDEA Public Schools was founded in Baton Rouge with IDEA Innovation and IDEA Bridge opening in 2018. IDEA is expanding across the US based on parents’ demand for higher-performing public schools and currently serves over 3,000 students in schools throughout Baton Rouge and New Orleans.  

Beginning next Fall 2021, IDEA UP Academy and College Prep will be located at 7701 Plank Road Baton Rouge, LA 70811 with Kindergarten through sixth-grade classes, adding an additional grade level each year until it is a fully scaled K-12 campus. 

Students currently attending IDEA Public Schools will be guaranteed a spot at IDEA UP with preference given to siblings of current students.

The current principal at UP Elementary, Brytanni Blanchard, will serve as principal for IDEA UP Academy and Crystal Forte will serve as principal for IDEA UP College Prep. 

Applications are now open for the 2021-2022 school year. Parents can apply for IDEA UP and all IDEA Southern Louisiana schools at On February 20, 2021, a random lottery will determine the students who will fill the available spots. Students not selected will be placed on a waitlist for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. 

For more information on IDEA Public Schools, please visit

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