Several education choice advocates and business leaders gathered in Baton Rouge Wednesday to break ground on a new public charter school at Woman’s Hospital. 

The school, named BASIS, is the first of its kind to have a partnership with the East Baton Rouge School District and Woman’s Hospital. 

“BASIS public charter schools are ranked among the nation’s top academic programs. It is yet another opportunity that offers families in the Baton Rouge area greater choice in their child’s education,” said Caroline Roemer, Executive Director of the Louisiana Public Charter Schools. “We’re confident that this pioneering business-charter school partnership will create meaningful education and career opportunities for students, and will benefit the entire region by helping prepare a qualified workforce.”

The K-5 school is set to serve 450 students next fall at Woman’s Hospital. Half of the openings will accommodate children of hospital employees. The remaining openings are available to all students within the East Baton Rouge School District through a lottery. 

“Today’s ceremony is not just about building a new facility; it is breaking ground on a new educational foundation for Baton Rouge area families,” said Roemer. “This school will not only help hundreds of students and their families, but it serves as an example of how community and business can shape our public schools through partnerships and collaboration.”

The school has plans to eventually serve 900 students in grades K-12.