BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - More charter schools are opening throughout the Baton Rouge area, and that trend will continue this year.
Two charters, focused on preparing students for college, opened their doors in August. One of those is the Apex Collegiate Academy, which opened August 1. They will hold classes for 120 middle school students at the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church.
The school is expected to focus on science and math. Students will start taking computer science and robotics courses by the 6th grade.
"Ultimately, when our students reach the 8th grade, our goal is to have them on grade level, and then when our students are graduating from high school, our goal is to have our students be able to compete with the most elite high schools in the Baton Rouge community," said Eric Lewis, executive director of the Apex Collegiate Academy.
Another charter school, Laurel Oaks Charter Academy, is scheduled to open August 15 with at least 60 kindergartners.