First ‘Values-Based’ School
Istrouma High School will re-open August 9 on the 100th anniversary of the historic school with a new mission: It will be the first “values-based” public school in the state, which means it will emphasize character and core values, while welcoming people of faith.
The school will sponsor a student “roundup” from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at Winbourne Elementary School. Parents and prospective students will get to learn more about course offerings, the new physical facilities, and the history of Istrouma, which is currently in the midst of a $22 million renovation project.
The Istrouma Advisory Committee, comprised of Istrouma alumni, is advising Supt. Warren Drake on all aspects of the redesign and reopening of the school. The 14-member body unanimously endorsed the decision to make Istrouma a “values-based” school.
The committee envisions Istrouma as being the center of the North Baton Rouge community and recommends that it be open for a wide range of use by the community.
Istrouma, which was closed by the State Department of Education nearly three years ago, will actually consist of three schools: A traditional academic high school for North Baton Rouge, a technology institute that will emphasize petro-chemical and other high-demand careers, and a magnet middle school.
Students at the middle school will generally be kept separate from high school students.
The student “roundup” on March 25 will be held on the grounds of Winbourne Elementary School. It will include tents on:
• Istrouma History and Tradition Tent
• Istrouma’s Future Tent, including architectural design, academic and technology offerings, student enrollment applications, and counseling for students
• Alumni and Friends Tent
• Donors Tent
• Marketing Tent
• Entertainment Tent
• Concessions Tent