The East Baton Rouge Parish School System offers outstanding magnet programs in nine elementary schools, nine middle schools and seven high schools throughout the parish. Many of our magnet schools have been recognized for earning Blue Ribbon status and for being awarded numerous Magnet Schools of America Merit awards.
East Baton Rouge Parish's Magnet Schools offer a wide variety of different programs in addition to their accelerated academic reputation. At the elementary level visual and performing arts, Montessori, and Foreign Language Immersion programs are offered. Our middle school programs include visual and performing arts, pre-engineering and a Foreign Language Immersion track. At the high school level, various special programs such as medical, visual and performing arts as well as Centers of Excellence programs focus on health sciences, business and governmental affairs, as well as engineering.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board approved policy allows students enrolled in a dedicated magnet school to progress to the next magnet school level if they apply and qualify. Therefore, students who attend elementary magnet schools will receive priority admission into: Capitol Middle, McKinley Middle, Scotlandville Middle, Sherwood Middle, Southeast Middle and Westdale Middle Immersion's Program at the middle school level. In addition, these special interest programs for high achieving student in grades K-12, offers advanced study such as dual enrollment for college credit, extended day services (elementary), expanded elective courses, and college readiness courses.
Students enrolled in the following middle schools will receive priority admission into Baton Rouge Magnet High: Belfair, Mayfair Lab, Scotlandville, Sherwood, McKinley, and Westdale's Immersion Program, if they apply and meet academic eligibility requirements during the first magnet application period. Students enrolled in the magnet programs at Southeast Middle and Capitol Middle will receive priority admission into Lee High, if they apply and meet academic eligibility requirements during the first magnet application period. Applicants enrolled in Woodlawn Middle Magnet will receive priority for the magnet program at Woodlawn High. Students enrolled in Istrouma Middle Magnet may matriculate into the magnet component offered at Istrouma High.
The Creative Sciences and Arts Magnets which includes programs at Park Forest Elementary, Villa del Rey Elementary, Park Forest Middle and Belaire High, provides high-quality educational programs through implementation of a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) theme-based curriculum. Using a consistent, logical approach for the development and implementation of thematic instruction, the four magnets are established upon a strong school culture with an emphasis on delivering an outstanding education through highly-qualified and specialized teachers. The programs at these schools were created with the Magnet Assistance Schools Program Grant, awarded to the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in 2017.