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The Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System (EBRSS) was established in 2012 as an independent, nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to preparing students for successful post-secondary education, career and citizenship. Our mission is to enhance education by promoting academic excellence, championing innovation and providing sustained financial support to East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS). Tax ID 46-1149306


One of the clearly defined challenges identified by the US Department of Education and the National Science Foundation is increasing the number of students pursuing careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  With these challenges in mind, the Board of Directors of the Foundation for EBRSS endorsed Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) to:

  • Integrate innovative and engaging STEAM learning opportunities into EBR public schools
  • Strengthen teacher effectiveness in STEAM education
  • Create opportunities for businesses to meaningfully engage with EBR public schools

An effective STEAM education benefits all students because it requires creativity and critical thinking skills that are in high demand for all jobs.

Our Initiatives


Robotics programs are designed to provide experiences that engage students in learning the practical applications of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. We train teachers at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy in Pittsburgh and provide robots and supplies for a classroom of 24 students.


As a game of strategy, chess has been proven to teach students to focus, to think critically and creatively, to apply math skills and logic, to solve problems and to foster positive character traits.  We train teachers at a week-long Chess Institute and provide classroom chess sets and demonstration boards. We also host tournaments throughout the year so that students can compete against their peers.

STEMup Baton Rouge

STEMup BR brings business and industry mentors into EBRPSS middle schools using a high-impact mentoring model. Mentors engage in the classroom leading activities using the Engineering Everywhere curriculum, a research-based, award-winning middle school curriculum.

Workforce Development

We identify and invest in programs and partnerships that will students to receive relevant education, work readiness skills, and valued credentials to prepare them for successful careers.

Professional Development

The Professional Development Initiative provides summer and academic year professional development opportunities focused on science content, leadership strategies in collaboration with local universities, scientific institutions and businesses.