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BATON ROUGE - Staplers stapling and boxes opening are the sounds of progress at the Baton Rouge Charter Academy at Mid City, just one week before it opens its doors to grades kindergarten through 8th grade for the first time August 12.

"If you have an attractive classroom when they come in, they're eager to learn, and they want to know, what is this, and what is that?" said Pamela Mayfield, a Baton Rouge Charter teacher with more than 30 years of experience.

It's one of three new schools opening in 2013.  Key Academy is another charter program, and Mayfair Lab is in the LSU Lab mold.

They offer alternatives to traditional public schools, like Baton Rouge Charter's more personalized approach.

"They come in and they're assessed. We see where they are and where they need to go, and we make a plan to get them there," Baton Rouge Charter principal Christine Stoudt said of their students.

"I have seen growth over the years, but for the charter schools, I see people leaving other schools to come to the charter," said Mayfield.  "I'm coming all the way from New Orleans, so if that gives you an idea of how excited I am, I left New Orleans to come here to teach."


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