Welcome to IDEA Public Schools Louisiana

Whole Child Focus. 100% College Bound.

IDEA's Schools in Louisiana


IDEA Bridge

1500 N Airway Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70815
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IDEA Innovation

7800 Innovation Park Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70820
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IDEA University Prep

7701 Plank Rd
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70807
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Four reasons parents love IDEA southern louisiana

College-Prep Academic Model

Through structured, challenging coursework, IDEA Public Schools focuses on college preparation for all children. For the last 16 years, IDEA has sent nearly 100% of its graduates to college and remains on track to uphold that legacy.  

Sports & After-School Activities

Our athletic programs are competitive and award-winning, instilling in students a strong work ethic, dedication, and accountability. In addition to sports, IDEA offers clubs that span the interests of our students.

Expert Teachers In Every Classroom

IDEA puts passionate teachers in every classroom and gives them the support they need to prepare students for success. Our teachers create joyful environments where students are excited to learn.

We Are Open To All Students

We are a tuition-free public school option in neighborhoods across Southern Louisiana. We accept all students, regardless of where they live, their academic standing, their income, and ability level.

Find an IDEA campus in Louisiana near you!

We serve grades K through 10, more than 2,500 college-bound students in 6 schools across Southern Louisiana. We are on track to maintain our legacy of sending 100% of our graduates to college.



Our tuition-free public schools are open to all students. We proudly serve students and families in Baton Rouge.



We have a total of 3,000 students between our academy and college prep campuses in grades K through 8. We will grow to serve grades K-12 when fully scaled.



Since IDEA’s first graduating class in 2007, 100% of our seniors have been accepted to colleges and universities nationwide.


Through small learning groups and daily access to technology, every student learns at the level and speed just right for them. 

Expert Teachers

Our teachers bring subject matter expertise and an unwavering commitment to set each student on a path to success.


Our school is family. Parents, teachers, and administrators work as a team to help each student reach their full potential. 

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Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to a network of tuition-free, K-12 public charter schools serving students in Texas, Ohio, Louisiana, and Florida. 

Work at IDEA

We are looking for hard-working, talented individuals to help make college a reality for all children in Louisiana. From the classroom to transportation and everything in between – your work will directly deliver on IDEA’s mission.

Board of Directors

Board Members

Lakeisha Robichaux, Board President

Email Board President
(225) 276-0877

Michael Tipton

Nicole Reynolds

Theo Richards

Tonnisha Ellis

Darrel Lewis

Board Meetings and Agendas

23-24 Board of Directors Calendar (approved 5.9.2023)

Note that any changes such as date, time, location, etc. to the board meeting calendar will be updated in the bullets below, not the linked document above. Special meetings will be posted below as well and not shown on the linked calendar above. Unless otherwise indicated below, all regular board meetings begin at 6 pm CST.

  • 2024.6.25 Board Meeting at UP: Agenda Minutes
  • 2024.5.24 Board Meeting at Innovation: Agenda Minutes
  • 2024.4.23 Board Meeting at Bridge: Agenda Minutes
  • CANCELLED: 2024.3.26 Board Meeting at UP: Agenda Minutes
  • 2024.2.27 Board Meeting at Innovation: Agenda Minutes
  • CANCELLED: 2024.1.30 Board Meeting at Bridge: Agenda  Minutes
  • 2023.11.28 Board Meeting at Bridge: Agenda Minutes
  • RESCHEDULED: 2023.11.03 Board Meeting at Bridge Agenda Minutes
  • CANCELLED: 2023.10.25 Board Meeting at Innovation: Agenda Minutes
  • CANCELLED: 2023.9.26 Board Meeting at Bridge: Agenda Minutes
  • RESCHEDULED: 2023.9.7 Board Meeting at Bridge at 12pm CST: Agenda Minutes
  • CANCELLED: 2023.8.29 Board Meeting at UP: Agenda Minutes 
  • 2023.7.25 Board Retreat & Meeting at Baker Donelson at 9 am CST: Agenda Minutes

2022-23 IPSL Board of Directors Meeting Schedule (Approved)

Unless otherwise noted on the posted agenda below, all board meetings begin at 6 pm CST. Meetings are held at the address provided on the schedule above and on each agenda.

2022.6.21 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2022.6.14 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2022.6.7 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2022.4.12 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2022.2.15 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2021.12.14 Board Meeting – Notice | Minutes

2021.10.12 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2021.08.17 Board Meeting (Rescheduled from 2021.08.10) – Agenda | Minutes

2021.06.23 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2021.06.15 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2021.06.01 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2021.05.14 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2021.04.13 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes 

2021.02.09 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2020.12.15 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2020.12.01 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2020.10.22 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2020.10.13 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

Virtual Meetings: 

2020.09.25 Board Meeting – Notice | Agenda | Minutes

2020.07.28 Board Meeting – Notice | Agenda | Minutes

2020.06.09 Board Meeting – Agenda | MinutesVideo

2019.06.25 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2019.05.07 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2019.05.01 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2019.04.02 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2019.02.05 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2019.01.08 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2018.12.06 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2018.11.06 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2018.10.02 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2018.08.07 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2018.07.19 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2018.03.08 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2018.02.08 Board Meeting – AgendaMinutes

2017.10.12 Board Meeting – AgendaMinutes

2017.09.13 Board Meeting – Agenda | Minutes

2017.08.01 Board Meeting – AgendaMinutes

Adopted Budget

Board Approved Policies

Finance Committee Meeting Agendas

Note that any changes such as date, time, location, etc. to finance committee meetings will be indicated below. Unless otherwise indicated all finance committee meetings are held at IDEA Bridge at 12 pm CST on the date below.

2024.6.18 Finance Committee – Agenda | Minutes

2024.5.16 Finance Committee – Agenda | Minutes

2024.4.18 Finance Committee – Agenda | Minutes

2024.2.20 Finance Committee- Agenda | Minutes

2024.1.23 Finance Committee – Canceled

2023.11.16 Finance Committee – Agenda | Minutes

2023.10.19 Finance Committee – Agenda | Minutes

2022.9.19 Finance Committee – Agenda | Minutes

2023.8.22 Finance Committee – Agenda | Minutes

CANCELLED: 2023.7.18  Finance Committee – Agenda | Minutes

2023.06.06 Finance Committee – Agenda | Minutes

2023.05.02 Finance Committee – Agenda | Minutes

2023.04.04 Finance Committee – Agenda | Minutes

2023.03.21 Finance Committee- Agenda | Minutes

2023.02.24 Finance Committee – Agenda | Minutes

2023.01.25 Finance Committee – Agenda | Minutes

2022.12.20 Finance Committee – Agenda | Minutes

2022.12.14 Finance Committee – Postponed

2022.12.12 Finance Committee – Postponed

2022.11.28 Finance Committee – Agenda | Minutes

2022.10.05 Finance Committee – Agenda | Minutes

2022.09.13  Finance Committee – Agenda | Minutes

2022.08.02 Finance Committee – Agenda

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Formal Solicitations

Public Custodian of Records

For public custodial records requests, please contact

Leslie Spencer

Transportation Managers

IDEA Bridge
Tina Carter

IDEA Innovation
Cheryl King

IDEA University Prep
Michelle Anderson-Snowden

SIS Coordinators

For Student Records Request Please Reach Out to:

Regional SIS Coordinator

Chandra White

IDEA Bridge

K-5th grade:
Barbara Young

6th-11th grade:
Eugena Williams

IDEA Innovation

Denisse Santiago Arroyo
SIS Coordinator

Nadia Davis

IDEA University Prep

Chandra White
Regional SIS Coordinator

Regional Leadership

Dr. Clifford Wallace

Executive Director, Southern Louisiana