McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School of Visual & Performing Arts

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Basic Information

Address: 1550 Eddie Robinson, Sr. Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70802
County: East Baton Rouge
School District: East Baton Rouge Parish
Phone Number: 225-388-0089
Fax Number: 225-387-1434
Principal: Herman R. Brister, Jr.

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McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School of Visual & Performing Arts

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Additional Information

School Type: Academic and Visual & Performing Arts Magnet
Accreditation: SACS
Ages/Grades: 6 - 8
School Setting:

MMAMSVPA is the only middle school in the district and state of Louisiana that offers an advanced academic program integrated with a visual and performing arts program. Our academic program provides a rigorous academic curriculum that is aligned to our goals and objectives to meet and exceed state academic requirements while integrating the arts into the core classes. Our visual and performing arts classes are aligned to the goals and objectives by nurturing and developing the artistic and creative talents of our students while incorporating the core academic concepts to support the academic curriculum.

MMAMSVPA offers a high-quality academic program which includes advanced placement and courses for high school credit focused on providing a solid foundation utilizing hands-on activities and differentiation to meet the needs of all students.

Our visual and performing arts program showcases over 25 unique courses that focus on developing the skills and talent of students, motivating students to appreciate others and excel to their highest potential, exposing students to diverse experiences, and providing support in the academic content areas. In addition, MMAMSVPA students are global learning explorers investigating diverse cultures through first-hand educational experiences. The students have visited numerous cities in the continental United States and internationally such as Greece, Rome, London, France, Spain, Italy, and China.

School Schedule (Hours in Day): 7:05AM - 2:25PM
School Days in Calendar Year: 180
School Colors: Burgundy and Gold
School Mascot: Mustang
School Size: 750
Classroom Size: 20-25
Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:25

Academic: Math, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Visual & Performing Arts Department


Courses for High School Credit - Algebra I, Geometry, Physical Science, Spanish I, & Intro to Business Computer Applications
Advanced Placement Courses in Math
Visual Arts courses: Art I, II, III; Drawing & Painting I & II; Sculpture I & II; Stage Craft Design; Animations; Writing for Media; Filmmaking; Creative Writing w/ Art Integration; Web Design; Desktop Publishing; and Talented Art
Performing Arts Courses: Drama I & II; Musical Theatre; Dance I, II, & III; Ballet I & II; Band; Choir; Orchestra; Piano; Talented Drama and Talented Music

School Performance: McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School for Visual and Performing Arts (MMAMSVPA) has set the bar for student growth. MMAMSVPA has grown approximately fifteen school performance score points (SPS) in the past five years. In 2007, MMAMSVPA had a baseline score of 101.2 and in 2012 our growth score is 116.3. We are constantly trying to reinvent ourselves in regards to improving the school.
Computer Capabilities:

Three Computer Labs
Two Wireless Mobile Labs
ActivBoards in every classroom

School Championships:

National, State and District Beta Winners
All Parish Performers in Choir, Orchestra & Band

School Clubs:

Junior Thespians
Math Counts

Notable Graduates:

Governor Bobby Jindal

Awards & Recognition: MMAMSVPA has a proven track record of recognized success. In 2012, MMAMSVPA was recognized by the Magnet Schools of America as a School of Distinction. From 2009 - 2011, MMAMSVPA has been recognized by the Louisiana Department of Education as a High-Poverty, High-Performing school. In 2008, the school was awarded accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. MMAMSVPA was awarded this distinction prior to the district receiving its accreditation. In 2008, MMAMSVPA received the distinction as a School of Recognized Academic Growth, and in 2009, it received the School of Exemplary Academic Growth based on Louisiana’s school accountability system.
Admissions Requirements:
  • Students must have 2.5 grade point average for the last 4 consecutive semesters
  • Score Basic or above on the state assessment in English Language Arts and Math
  • Application Period opens in October and ends in December of each year
Admissions Deadline: Contact school for updated information
Mission Statement:

Our mission at MMAMSVPA is to challenge students both intellectually and artistically to become responsible citizens who will make valuable contributions to society. Our vision is to create an environment which nurtures high ideals, creative thought, and positive action. Our values are respect for all persons and property, cooperation in all endeavors, and good citizenship.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Our goal is to provide opportunities for each student to reach his or her full potential.

School Motto: Where Academics feed the mind and the Arts nourish the soul