BAKER—IMPACT CHARTER Elementary, a locally operated, charter SCHOOL has broken ground to begin construction at 4815 Lavey Lane in Baker. Officials said the free public school will open its doors to students this fall.
“We found Baker had the biggest need for the type of program we will have and that is what made [it] the best site for Impact,” said Chakesa Webb Scott, CEO of Impact.
Impact will initially accept students in grades K-3 in its first year. Each subsequent year, the school will add an additional grade up to fifth grade.
“We want to build an educational foundation with our students starting at the foundation and build on as they matriculate,” Scott said.
Impact will function as a free public charter school. There are 200 students already enrolled with more students expected by the time school opens on Aug. 11.
Former principal of Prescott middle Christopher Smith has been chosen to be the school’s academic leader.
“We worked with and launched a regional search with the [help of the] Re- covery School District. Finding a principal who is already from the area and has charter experience will help us build a solid foundation,” Scott said.
Construction on the 30,000 square-foot facil- ity began in early May and is expected to be completed in time for the school year opening. The school will have incorporated technology throughout the building, ranging from each classroom having its own air conditioner, to building a multipurpose media lab. The classrooms will also utilize a tool called the Doceri system, rather than old-fashioned chalkboards. The upgraded system will allow teachers to apply lessons using an iPad projected on a screen.
Impact will also be the first school in Baker to use the core knowledge curriculum.
“Core knowledge curriculum has already seen suc- cess in other private schools in Baton Rouge,” Scott said. “This program emphasizes and focuses on the core subjects of math, history, reading and science but also includes art and music component – [it] also aligns with Common Core.”
According to its mission statement, Impact Charter Elementary School will provide a rigorous core knowledge education for all students in a safe, supportive and challenging learning environment.
While the school is still taking applications, kindergarten spots have been filled. The school will be the first charter to school provide transportation to students. Students living in Baker and some parts of north Baton Rouge will be receive transportation offered by the school.
Impact is operated by Education Explosion Inc., a Baton Rouge-based non profit.
The school’s administration office is located at 201 Sherron Avenue in Baker or call (225) 308-9565
By Cameron James
City News Manager