McKinley Middle Magnet School

K-12 Education in Baton Rouge

A varied mix of public, magnet and private schools provide numerous options for parents seeking K-12 education in Baton Rouge. Area school systems offer extensive public and magnet options as well as gifted and talented program options for students, while private schools include international, college preparatory, religious or arts-focused curricula.

The region’s A-rated magnet schools provide advanced instruction in world languages, law, engineering and the arts. Parents who choose a private education for their child have a number of appealing educational choices to consider in Baton Rouge that include large independent schools featuring extensive Advanced Placement courses and renowned sports programs, and small Christian schools where faith-based education in a nurturing setting is a key draw.

The region’s public and private schools offer compelling and challenging coursework in classrooms equipped with leading educational technology available at all grade levels. Examples include a K-12 school with a private campus where kindergartners learn Chinese, French and Spanish simultaneously; a magnet high school that U.S. News & World Report ranks as one of the best high schools — public or private — in the nation; and a suburban public high school with one of the best music programs in the country.

Education in the Baton Rouge region produces National Merit Scholars, earns recognition from the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools and prepares students for admission to Ivy League and other prestigious universities. In addition, students are able to use iPads for research, write and publish poetry, win titles in pursuits from football to academic quiz bowls, compete nationally in solar car engineering races, explore music theory and build sustainable gardens that direct rainwater to native plants.