It all started when...
Thrive Academy was founded in 2011 by former teacher Sarah Broome following the death of a student at her school. After being granted a charter by East Baton Rouge Parish, Thrive opened with a class of 20 sixth graders in 2012.
During the first year, students saw incredible academic gains, moving from an incoming SPS of 19.6 to a 76.9 in a single year. The second year saw further growth to an 87.5 - making Thrive one of the highest performing schools in Baton Rouge. Thrive continued to grow and currently has 160 students in grades 6-11.
In 2015, Thrive broke ground on a permanent campus at 2585 Brightside Drive. Construction on the first dorm was completed in August of 2016 and students moved in that month. A capital campaign to fund phase 2 - a permanent academic building - is currently underway.
In 2016, recognizing the tremendous work of Thrive Academy, the Louisiana Legislature passed HB 887 creating Thrive as a legislatively authorized school. The legislation was signed into Act 672 by Governor John Bel Edwards in June of 2016 and took effect July 1st, 2017.