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Baton Rouge, LA
Students enrolled: 294

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802 Mayflower Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

(225) 343-6630
(225) 344-4962
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March 30, 2015
As a parent and a graduate student in education, I would highly recommend this school. It offers structure and accountability and a diverse and rigorous education. In addition, the building up of the whole child is something that I truly appreciate. I would encourage anyone interested to visit the school and see the amazing things going on inside the building.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2014
Just wait until they get in the upper grades where standized testing is the main focus. Not as amazing.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2014
We love Baton Rouge FLAIM! My son began this year in kindergarten not knowing any French and now not only does he comprehend a great bit of the language, but he has also been teaching his younger sister the days of the week and to count in French. The teachers and administrators are friendly, caring, and know the children by name. The building is in desperate need of repair and the streets surrounding the school are very narrow making parking and carpooling difficult sometimes, but the language and ELA programs are phenomenal, as are the P.E. and music classes. The PTO is active and involved organizing several activities for the students and their families. FLAIM is truly a hidden gem of the EBR schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2014
This school is awesome. The teachers are caring, the academics are not only rigorous, but also focus on the well roundedness of the students. This school has won numerous awards and grants and is really one of the most diverse schools in this city. I would urge parents to visit. Don't be surprised if you don't like the look of the old building, but please walk the halls and visit the classrooms and I guarantee you will leave utterly impressed!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2014
BR FLAIM is an absolute jewel of a school and everything a modern progressive parent wants: active PTO, engaged administrators who know EVERY child's name; competent teachers who are qualified and engaged in the classroom; a school ethos that values EVERY child's abilities regardless of the educational capital s/he brings to the classroom and a rigorous intellectual environment. I could go on and on but suffice it to say that the move my wife and I made from the private school immersion program a (after 5 years) to BR FLAIM has been the best decision we have made for our children's education this far. If you are interested in language immersion for your child(ren) take the time to call Ms. Miller or one of the other administrators at FLAIM and I PROMISE you will not be disappointed!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
I have found this school to be unresponsive. I am looking for more information. I have called and been told to call back, and when I do they once again tell me to call back. I have emailed and have received no response. I was very interested in this school until I found that no one was willing to help me or answer my questions.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
Many of my classmates came from BRIS to BR FLAIM. The advantages are that you don't have to pay a lot and that you focus on just one language and learn ALL subjects on that language which helps you speak fluently at it. Thank you to ALL my teachers for helping me become successful in middle school and for helping me become in the Immersion program which is very special and not many students get to be in in middle school. All of the teachers are wonderful and come from foreign countries.

- submitted by a community member
June 13, 2012
My son just finished kindergarten here and I'm so excited that we'll have 5 more years at this incredible little school. I can't believe how much language he's acquired in just one year! There are only 2 classes per grade--one Spanish, one French--so its easy to get to know other parents/teachers/staff/etc. Its a diverse group of kids from all over the city & teachers from all over the world, in the heart of downtown BR. I'm so happy we found this school. My only criticism is that its not promoted well enough--if more people knew about it they could probably double the size.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2012
BR FLAIM is an awesome program and we are so pleased to have found it! Being both an immersion and academic program, our daughter is not only receiving an excellent education but becoming bilingual in the process. Like many (most?) of the public EBR schools, the building is not pretty.....but hidden inside is an award winning program, high test scores and classes of children who know way more about the international world than most adults I know! Tour the school, talk to those inside, meet the parents, sit in on a class...that will be a more true reflection of BR FLAIM.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2012
Awesome program! All four (4) of my children have gone to this school and speak, read & write in French! It is so much fun watching them communicate with others in French...I wish I could!! They also perform GREAT on the standardized test and my oldest is now a Freshman in college and already has a minor in French

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2011
Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet (FLAIM), formerly S. Blvd. Elem., has been called BR's "hidden gem" by school board members. English speaking students become bilingual in either French or Spanish by being taught science, social studies, math, and grammar by certified teachers from French or Spanish speaking countries. English grammar, reading, and language arts are taught by certified American teachers. All of this teaching occurs at an accelerated pace, as this is also an academic magnet school. The facilities are meager, at best; the building is over 50 years old. But one should not be dissuaded by looks; what occurs inside the wall is remarkable. Children leave FLAIM bilingual , and can continue the immersion program at Westdale Middle and in to high school at Baton Rouge High, another of Louisiana's best schools, public or private.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2011
I absolutely love this school and its faculty. The teachers are extremely friendly and do a fabulous job teaching the students. The kindergarten French and Language Arts teachers made my child feel comfortable and created a productive learning environment. I definitely recommend Baton Rouge FLAIM (previously called South Boulevard) to everyone who is interested in an excellent education for their child.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2010
If you're looking for a great public school or maybe just an alternative to most regular private schools, South Boulevard is an excellent choice. Students are taught Math, Science, & Social Studies in the "target language" (either French or Spanish) by native speakers, and taught English, Language Arts & Reading by certified (American) teachers. At least 60% or the day is spent immersed in the target language, so the kids really learn how to hear, comprehend, and speak the foreign language. This school is also an academic magnet school, so the educational requirements are quite rigorous. The classes are small, the expectations are clear, and there is a lot of communication between teachers and parents in regards to grades and conduct. The staff is wonderful, and the test scores (LEAP, etc) are outstanding. This is our 4th year at this school, and we are very satisfied with it!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
Excellent educational opportunity - 70% of day spent in immersion and 30% with very high quality English Language Arts instruction. Twice weekly strings (violin, viola,cello) lessons and bi-weekly clubs (many to choose from based on student interest) meet during school time. Lots of computers in classroom, small class sizes, good playground facilities, very warm and responsive environment including principal and guidance counselor. Accelerated Reader used frequently and kids really speak and are taught in target immersion language.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2009
South Boulevard is a wonderful school. I do not think any amount of money could pay for better a better or more diverse education.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2009
My daughter has attended South Boulevard since Kindergarten and is now going to be in the Second Grade. Watching her and her classmates interact in French is so amazing you have to visit the school and sit in on the class, just to see it for yourself. Not only is the Principal amazing but so is the whole staff.They go above and beyond for our kids and it shows. The teachers are native speaking in either French or Spanish! The PTO is outstanding and the parental involvement is great to see. It isn't just a school it is a special family.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2008
My daughter has attended this school since kindergarten and I am very pleased and impressed with what she knows. Not only can she speak and understand french but she excells in her other subjects as well. I reccommend this school to any parent that wants the best education for there child.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2008
My daughter has had the most amazing year at South Boulevard. Madame Sizemore is an excellent teacher!! The French program is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2007
I knew I wanted to send my 2 sons to go to a public school. My own experience in private schools in Baton Rouge was not great. I admit that all the horror stories from my family had influenced my perception of public schools. So I was worried at first when the school in my neighborhood was Buchanan Elementary, but I just strongly felt that I had to follow my gut about where to send my boys. I am so glad I did! From the loving arms of Mrs. Green in K @ Buchanan to the comfortable atmosphere @ South Blvd. my boys have excelled beyond my wildest dreams. The French that they know is incredible. The teachers are very friendly and loving to all their students and parents. There is a diversity of people @ South Blvd. just like the real world not an elite group like at private schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
This is a wonderful school. The academics are out of this world. The teachers and principal are great also. The parents are also very involved as well. This school is definately headed in the right direction.

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May 10, 2007
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May 09, 2006
My son has attended this school since PreK. He loves his school and look forward to getting up each morning to attend. Both the instructional staff and the administrators are excellent. My son was able to build solid educational foundation because of the dedication of the staff. I feel this foundation will allow him to be successful and carry him the necessary distance throughout his life.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
This is an excellent school. I have two children who attend. My oldest can hold a conversation in French. I love it. Academics are important at South Blvd. Grading scales are somewhat higher but the kids only benefit from the classes and therefore comprehend what is going on in the classrooms. The cultural experience is great for children as well as their parents. There are teachers from France, Belgium, as well as from parts of Latin America. One is allowed to visit school grounds and talk to the teachers with appointments. Parent teacher relationship is open and involved. I would recommend South Blvd to any new parent. But it is in high demand so enroll early.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2006
My son is a kindergarten student here at South Boulevard. It is amazing what he has been learning in his first year of school! I am fluent in the French language, and when I speak to him, he understands about 90% of what I say. The teachers here are involved, and they seen genuinely excited about what they teach. While walking around the school, I see full stories, poems, or letters that have been written by students in this school, and they are done wonderfully. The schoolalso does little things that make the kids get into the language, so they are into it as well. My son, who is five, told me yesterday that he wants to be a French teacher like his teacher, Monsieur Boudhuin. I think that says it all.

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B. R. Foreign Language Academy Immersion Magnet
802 Mayflower Street, Baton Rouge, LA  70802
(225) 343-6630
Last modified B. R. Foreign Language Academy Immersion Magnet is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
B. R. Foreign Language Academy Immersion Magnet Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top