A national charter school group has purchased a school building off Greenwell Springs Road and plans to open its first Louisiana campus there in August.

Greater Education Opportunities Foundation bought the site at 4006 Platt Drive for $675,000 in a deal that was filed earlier this week with the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court’s office. The 17,000-square-foot building had once been home of Paul’s Christian Academy.

The GEO Foundation, based in Indianapolis, operates charter schools in Gary, Indiana, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The plan is to open a kindergarten through third-grade school in August, said Kevin Teasley, president of the organization.

Already 120 students have applied to go to the local school, which has been named the GEO Prep Academy. The plan is to have 225 students when the school opens in August, and add grades four and five in time for the 2016 school year.

“Eventually, we want to open a middle school and then a high school,” Teasley said. All three schools will be located on the northeast side of Baton Rouge.

Teasley said GEO Prep will offer a “college prep” curriculum, operating under the idea that every student who goes to the school will attend college. The plan is to teach eighth graders so they are capable of passing the entrance exams to get into community or four-year colleges. “We have students taking college level courses with us as ninth graders,” Teasley said. “What we’re trying to do goes beyond college prep.”

Matthew Shirley of Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate represented the GEO Foundation and David Vercher of Keller Williams represented the sellers, who were members of the Paul, Ruckman and Patterson families.

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