The Smith Family

Educational Choice Option: Charter School

It was a school choice that started on the basketball court.

Smith FamilyAngela Smith and Carlos Butler’s son Thailand wanted to play basketball at Madison Preparatory Academy in Baton Rouge. His parents wanted a school that would provide a nurturing hands-on academic environment.

Now a senior at the National Blue Ribbon charter school, Thailand is enjoying the best of both worlds. Angela is especially grateful for the support provided by Madison Prep’s faculty and staff, especially when for a time her job required extended periods of travel outside of Louisiana.

“If I didn’t have the opportunity to choose for him to go to Madison Prep, I would have faced challenges with Thailand needing additional instruction, that one-on-one support,” said Angela.

“They take time with him after school, before school, before basketball practice. They work together, the teachers and coaches, everybody gets involved.”

Angela said school choice gives power to parents. “The parent is an essential key to that child being placed in a school that meets their needs versus being told where to go.”