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Park Elementary Partnership

Baton Rouge General and Park Medical Academy partnered to create East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s first medical Focus Choice school. Together, they offer real world experiences and early exposure to healthcare careers. They will continue to build on students’ foundations in math and science to ensure they have the knowledge, resources, and skills necessary to achieve their future career goals in medicine, healthcare, or other STEM-based fields.

How We’re Working Together

Curriculum Support

  • Advisory committee meets regularly to discuss progress, successes, needs and recommendations
  • BRG team facilitates lessons, from “dissecting” math problems to dissecting pigs with 6th graders
  • Professional development for teachers

Healthcare Exposure

  • Hospital tours for 1st – 6th graders at BRG, including stops in imaging, physical therapy, pharmacy, lab, facilities, emergency services, nursing, and clinical nutrition
  • CPR training
  • In-class discussions with healthcare professionals, including nurses, lab scientists, cardiologists, and pharmacists

Wellness Programs

  • Back to School Community Bash Health Fair
  • Sports physicals conducted by BRG physicians
  • BRGFit! movement and fitness activities
  • Pet therapy


What is a “Medical Academy”?

East Baton Rouge Parish Schools implemented a new model called Focus Choice Schools in the 2022-2023 school year. Focus Choice schools are designed to provide competitive and engaging theme-based programs. They align with a community partner, in this case Baton Rouge General, to help with specialized expertise for each focus. Park is the first medical Focus Choice school in EBR and provides students with the opportunity to experience various aspects of the medical field.

Who can attend?

Any student (on grade level) can apply for admission to the PK-7th grade program. Students who live in the attendance zone of Park Medical Academy will receive priority to enroll in the program. Students will be allowed to apply for the program only during the open application period.

Is Park Medical Academy reserved for students with special medical or
behavioral needs?

No. The “medical” in “Medical Academy” means the school model has a medically focused curriculum and has partnered with a hospital system to provide real-world experiences and early exposure to the possibilities in healthcare. The district’s Exceptional Student Services Department will help meet the unique needs of all students, in any of its schools.

Where can I find more information?

Visit to learn more about Park and other Focus Choice schools, or visit to learn about our work with Park and other schools in our community.