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New Lee High School could get GPA requirement

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BATON ROUGE - Prospective students of Lee High School may have a tougher time getting accepted into the newly-built magnet school.

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board may require students to have at least a 2.5 grade point average during the past two years. It is something the board will discuss at its meeting Thursday night.

Superintendent Warren Drake says the GPA requirement will help students prepare for the work load of the new magnet school.

"Because of the rigor that's going to be required at that school and because it's a dedicated magnet, we would like to put in a 2.5 minimum average but also a norm-reference test that they're going to take that any student from across the parish and that's students that within our school system right now and students that are outside of our school system," he said.

Drake expects the highly-touted school to fill up its 1,200 student capacity fast. Those living in the area near the school will get the first shot at getting into Lee High. The school system will also invite students from all across the parish to apply.

"I absolutely think it's going to be a high demand. It's going to be one of the best schools in Louisiana, if not the southeast region of the United States," said Drake. "The technology, it's going to be a research based school, a technology driven school. It's going to be phenomenal, something we haven't seen in Baton Rouge in a long time."

Lee High is expected to be ready for the next school year.


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