Baton Rouge International School plans to close after 22 years | Education

A small private school in Baton Rouge with an international bent has announced it will close its doors after 22 years in operation, citing a huge drop in enrollment during the pandemic from which the school has yet to recover.

“Therefore, it is with deep and heartfelt sadness that I write to tell you that Baton Rouge International School will close permanently at the end of this school year,” said a letter sent to parents of students at the school on Monday.

The private school, which is located at 5015 Auto Plex Drive, will hold its last day of school on May 26.

Enrollment at the International School of Baton Rouge has dropped from 309 students in the fall of 2019 to just 188 students this February, according to the Louisiana Department of Education. The school, which starts in pre-kindergarten and goes through 12th grade, saw a particularly steep drop in its high school grades, going from 75 to just nine students during that time period.

The school is part of a global network of 50 schools known as the Association of International Schools. The letter to parents was signed by sarah graves, ISP’s regional managing director for its schools in the United States and Canada. The network’s headquarters are in London.

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