- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two public charter schools that focus explicitly on preparing children for college are opening their doors in Baton Rouge.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/2arMeDe) Apex Collegiate Academy is the first out the gate opening Monday with 100-plus sixth-graders in space it is renting from Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in Scotlandville. Eight miles to the southeast Laurel Oaks Charter Academy is opening on Aug. 15 with at least 60 kindergartners.

Both schools were approved as charter schools in December by state leaders despite objections from East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Warren Drake. He argued that neither school offers anything that isn’t already available in Baton Rouge and they will be a financial drain of nearly $3 million annually from the school system.

The two new schools bring to 23 the number of charter schools in Baton Rouge.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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