Southern Lab rebounds with online enrollment
BATON ROUGE - A shift to online education has restored Southern University Lab School's financial health and prospects, perhaps even helping attract local students to the physical campus next to the historically black university in Baton Rouge.
Southern Lab's Virtual School, barely a year old, teaches more than 600 students around the state - three times its initial enrollment target. Almost 400 more students are on a waiting list.
School director Ronnie Harrison said the "sky is the limit" on how big the online school could grow, provided he has sufficient staff.
This school year is expected to see a surplus of between $500,000 to $1 million, some of which Harrison plans to use to improve the old Southern Lab facilities.