Award Year: 2017

Forest Heights Academy Of Excellence

7447 Sumrall Drive
Baton Rouge, LA, 70812-1240

(225) 355-5681

Ms. Myra V. Varmall, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School

East Baton Rouge Parish School District

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Our mission is to provide a challenging and enriching education partnered with an artistic program that encourages all students to become positive, productive leaders.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 99%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 72%
Students perform a strings melody at FHAE

Students perform a strings melody at FHAE

At Forest Heights Academy of Excellence, we seek to meet the needs of each student and provide a learning environment that encompasses content across the curriculum. Our teachers provide a variety of instructional methods and opportunities for students' success and maximize instructional time by actively engaging our students in activities that promote academic and personal achievement. As a dedicated academic magnet school infusing the arts as an integral part of the curriculum, our school emphasizes a curriculum that is both relevant and rigorous and produces students who are problem solvers and critical thinkers. Students experience curriculum mastery through integration of the arts, which makes each day a fun and engaging experience. With lessons developed and taught in collaboration by grade level and arts faculty, instruction is planned so that concepts are echoed in subjects across both core and arts curricula. These activities culminate with not only classroom performances, but with sharing sessions that include both parent and community attendance. The interdisciplinary opportunities for students allow them to apply and demonstrate skill mastery. Integrating technology into the curriculum is a priority in increasing both student achievement and engagement. The utilization of a variety of technology based programs has provided our students with the ability to succeed through differentiated tasks. From our superb core curriculum, ancillary programs, as well as the arts, our students are continuously provided with opportunities to practice and master the skills and concepts to Grow Smart, Grow Creative and Grow more every day!