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Eric B. Lewis
APEX COLLEGIATE ACADEMY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DELIVERS KEYNOTE ADDRESS FOR ROTARY CLUB OF BAKER LOUISIANA
Apex College Academy Charter School will accept students from the Baker Community School District
January 19, 2016 – Baker, LA – Eric B. Lewis, lead founder and Executive Director of Apex Collegiate Academy, a STEM-focused, college preparatory school for students in Baton Rouge, served as the keynote speaker for the Rotary Club of Baker during their luncheon today. The luncheon was held at the Baker Municipal Building Auditorium.
Apex Collegiate Academy Charter School is a Public Charter school scheduled to open to 120 sixth grade scholars on August 1, 2016.
[Mayor Harold Rideau, Doris Alexander – Baker School Board Member, Eric Lewis - Speaker, Larry McCaleb – Rotary President]
Mr. Lewis shared his vision for the school which will eventually serve students in grades 6 through 12. The school will feature a strong character development system, increased time in math and reading, and students will have the opportunity to take a college tour at the end of each school year as part of the school’s plan to prepare every student to submit college applications during their 11th grade year.
“We applaud the Baker School System and the City of Baker for the progress that has been made in recent years,” Mr. Lewis told the audience of about 20 community leaders. “The unfortunate reality is that both in Baker and in North Baton Rouge we have a number of 4th and 5th graders that are reading and computing math below grade level; as much as 30 to 40 percent of the students in some schools. Our goal is to get all students on grade level by the 8th grade in preparation for a strong college preparatory high school experience.”
Apex Collegiate Academy was approved as a Type 2 Charter School by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on December 2, 2015. As a Type 2 Charter School, the school may enroll students in East Baton Rouge Parish and surrounding districts.
For more information about Apex Collegiate Academy, visit http://www.apexcollegiate.org.