Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet School Named National Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America

Jan. 23 2019

Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet (BR FLAIM) has been named a National Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.

BR FLAIM is Baton Rouge’s only public elementary foreign language immersion school for grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Academic immersion is a teaching method where the teacher speaks in the target language to teach students the academic material and a second language at the same time. FLAIM students are taught math, science, art and social studies by French, Spanish or Mandarin speaking teachers. 

FLAIM is also an academic magnet. We set high expectations for every student. Our teachers use Louisiana Student Standards as the rest of the state/district public schools, but they accelerate the curriculum so that the students are consistently challenged. FLAIM teachers also use body language to teach the skills and concepts of the vocabulary, mechanics, and syntax of the language itself through song, dance, hands-on activities, art, and play. While FLAIM students spend 60-70% of their school day in immersion, the academic standards are not neglected and students perform above average on standardized tests.

Presentation of Excellence Award:

Principal Cheryl Miller will be recognized and receive a National Magnet School of Excellence Merit Award on behalf of the school during an awards ceremony held at Magnet Schools of America’s 37th National Conference hosted by Baltimore County Public Schools in Baltimore, Maryland April 10-13, 2019.

Magnet School of Excellence Awards are only given to a select group of magnet schools. Schools of Excellence are eligible to receive monetary awards and are eligible to be named the nation’s top Elementary, Secondary, or New & Emerging Magnet School. One of the Schools of Excellence will also be selected to win $5,000 and the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award, which is considered the most prestigious magnet school award in the nation.

To receive a national merit award, members of Magnet Schools of America must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. These schools are judged and scored on their demonstrated ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s magnet theme. To learn more about the national merit awards program, please visit

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