POSTED: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 2:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Baton Rouge, La.— THRIVE, Louisiana’s first charter boarding school serving at-risk student, announced the purchase 7.5 acres at 2585 Brightside Drive for $1.2 million dollars. The purchase was made possible through generous donations from The Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, The Charles Lamar Family Foundation and John and Virginia Noland.
The school plans to build a new facility to open in August 2015. THRIVE has selected Grace and Hebert Architects to design the campus which will include academic space, dormitories and athletic facilities. Development and construction of the facility will be financed with the assistance of Provident Resources Group based in Baton Rouge.
THRIVE students stay overnight 5 nights each week and have access to additional opportunities including tutoring, life skills training, sports and arts programs and individualized attention. Although a rare model, programs similar to THRIVE send more than 90% of their graduates on to college and represents an important alternative education opportunity.
THRIVE currently leases space at the Family Youth Service Center on Government Street, but will outgrow the space in the next 2 years.