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New charter school aims to point children in right direction

4 years 26 minutes 38 seconds ago Thursday, March 26 2015 Mar 26, 2015 March 26, 2015 9:53 PM March 26, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Caroline McDougall

BATON ROUGE - A ribbon cutting Thursday marked the beginning of a new era of education for one community in Baton Rouge.

Board members for GEO Prep Academy officially announced the opening of the new college preparatory charter school that will host K through 3rd grade beginning of August 6.

The school is located at off of Greenwell Springs Rd, a strategic location according to school administrators to attract students of select high crime zip codes.

"The big focus that this school has is that it is very interested in the children who live in 70805," said former Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member Linda Johnson.

There's a two part initiative in this one-of-a kind school, as it aims to focus children on an academic future, it too will encourage children to stay out of trouble according to police Chief Carl Dabadie.

"We wanna be involved with our young folks, and this is an ample and great opportunity for us to be involved with them from kindergarten, all the way up to high school," said Dabadie. "So I think it's a great opportunity for law enforcement to be a part of the community educational piece."

The school is backed by a power house of local leaders including members of the Baton Rouge police's crime fighting team, BRAVE, who hope to make frequent visits to the school.

Administrators say the school was modeled after the academic plans at two other GEO Foundation schools in Gary, Indiana and Colorado Springs.

In the next five years, the board says they hope to expand with a middle and high school. So far each grade can hold up to 75 children. Enrollment is still open for the 2015-2016 school year.

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