We congratulate Forest Heights Academy of Excellence in Baton Rouge for being honored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Schools of Distinction in Arts Award.

Forest Heights was one of only four schools to be honored by the Kennedy Center this year. The award recognizes schools that have done an outstanding job of making the arts an important part of their students’ education.

The East Baton Rouge Parish public school is an academic , visual and performing arts magnet school that teaches students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The award is a timely reminder that there are good things happening in local public schools. At a time when public education budgets are being stressed, there’s a natural tendency to cut back on arts funding in classrooms. Forest Heights’ latest honor is also a reminder that the arts shouldn’t be an afterthought in educating our youngsters, but an important part of the curriculum.