Episcopal High School of Baton Rouge, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, is the leading independent school in Baton Rouge. Located on a beautiful 55-acre campus in the southeastern section of the city, it was established in 1965 as a challenging college preparatory school. It now serves students in grades PK-12. The low student/teacher ratio of 11:1 allows a relationship between student and teacher that recognizes the personal needs and individual levels of achievement of its 935 students. Episcopal is a member of the following organizations: the National Association of Episcopal Schools, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools, and the Southern Association of Independent Schools.
Episcopal works within the framework of a fully accredited college entrance curriculum. The primary goal is to develop honest, alert, intellectually curious, and academically disciplined students. Instruction is traditional in that it demands facts, principles, and methods, yet it is flexible in that it considers each student’s capabilities and interests.
The school offers Advanced Placement courses in the areas of English, social studies, mathematics, science, languages, music, and studio art. In addition, honors courses leading to the AP courses are taught in grades 9-11 in many academic disciplines.
Students may choose from a wide range of electives such as Publications, Media Arts, Statistics, Marine Biology and Engineering Computations. Instruction is offered in Spanish beginning in Pre-Kindergarten, and Latin and French are added to the foreign language offerings in fourth grade. There are opportunities for participation in debate, drama, art, music, and journalism. The school also provides a full interscholastic program in football, volleyball, basketball, track, cross country, soccer and other sports.
Episcopal has a comprehensive college counseling program that begins in eighth grade and supports students along the way to selecting the college they will attend after graduation. Throughout their time at Episcopal, students discover and cultivate their strengths, grow as scholars and citizens, and enrich the school community and the world around them. The work of the three full-time college counselors is to help students understand how these different aspects of their lives shape the college search process and will inform their final decision on a college.
Episcopal’s facilities include the Visual and Performing Arts Center, the Middle School building, a science building, the Lower School and Greer Center for the Performing Arts, the Kindergarten and Pre-K building, large classroom buildings, a chapel, Alumni House, and a dining hall. The school also has computer and writing labs, as well as computers with Internet access in each classroom. The main library was renovated in 1999 and includes computer labs for class use. A second newly renovated library serves Episcopal’s Lower School students. Athletic facilities include two gymnasiums, a weight room, a football stadium, soccer fields, a softball field, an all-weather track, a heated swimming pool, five tennis courts, and a baseball complex.