Award Year: 2021

Westdale Heights Academic Magnet

2000 College Drive
Baton Rouge, LA, 70808-1923

(225) 926-5421

Ms. Alesha Cavanaugh, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School

East Baton Rouge School System

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The mission of Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School is to establish a student-centered program that fosters academic and social success.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 36%
  • White: 46%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 14%
WHAM students tag and release monarch butterflies.

WHAM students tag and release monarch butterflies.

Westdale Heights Academic Magnet (WHAM) is a dedicated academic magnet school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that serves approximately 400 students in grades K-5. The academic program at WHAM is centered around environmental science, mathematics, and technology, and provides students with learning experiences that foster academic and social success.

At WHAM, there is a tradition of academic excellence from students of all genders, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds, which can be attributed to many factors. WHAM's challenging core curriculum paired with our ancillary classes, interactive technology lab, science lab, koi pond and school gardens allow students to put their content knowledge into action right on our campus. Collaboration between our science specialist, technology specialist, ancillary and classroom teachers ensures that learning is enriched through hands-on STEM integration experiences. WHAM students have opportunities to act as environmental scientists by participating in citizen scientists projects, which expose them to real-world environmental science topics and issues. Additionally, our school-wide recycling and composting initiatives allow students to learn academic content related to caring for our environment, and experience the social responsibility of being good stewards of resources. Another integral part of WHAM's success is the long-standing commitments from parent and community stakeholders who are often the stimulus for embracing innovative educational opportunities.

WHAM is an extraordinary school community known for its academic excellence, diverse student body, highly-qualified faculty, active parent-teacher organization and family-friendly atmosphere. At WHAM, we have high expectations for all students and strive to produce students who view themselves as lifelong learners.