The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will begin considering 10 charter school networks that applied to open new schools in the district at a special meeting tonight.
The schools being considered tonight are Basis Baton Rouge (K-12), Mentorship Helix Aviation Academy (K-12) and Mentorship Legal Academy (K-8), Xcel Technical Academy (9-12), Bellissimo Beginnings (pre-K-3), and Kennedy Elementary Charter School (K-5).
The school board will continue its proceedings on Monday afternoon for KIPP (two K-8 and one 9-12), CSAL elementary (K-5), Louisiana Connections Academy (virtual) (K-12), Auspice Academy (K-12), and Carmouche Performing Arts Academy (6-12).
The school system currently has 10 charter schools, four of which opened in 2018.
A previous effort by KIPP to enter the Baton Rouge market was rejected by the school board, with opposition led at the time by Pat Smith, now a member of the state Legislature. KIPP—along with CSAL, BASIS and Mentorship—have the backing of New Schools for Baton Rouge, an organization founded in 2012 to recruit and support a new network of high-performing schools in Baton Rouge.