The school year is back underway, and despite the tough times, continuing to educate local children is a high priority. Whether virtual or in person, students are learning the basics and the not-so-basic, from how to count to how to determine the speed of gravity, from how to be a good neighbor to how to help communities across the world. New Orleans area schools vary in their academic approaches, from focusing on other languages or arts-based curricula to incorporating Catholic values or emphasizing community service. No matter their approach, the results speak for themselves as area students graduate to attend some of the best colleges and universities around. As you consider your child’s academic future, learn more about the variety of schools across the metro area, from elementary and high schools to continuous K-12, as well as local universities. As to wellness check-ups and vaccines, resources are also available for parents with questions about their child’s health.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
Founded in 1957, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a co-educational, independent school serving children 12 months through Grade 8. It is the oldest Episcopal School in New Orleans with 64 years of inspiring and educating the mind, body, and spirit of each child. St. Andrew’s offers a nurturing yet challenging education that focuses on Cherishing Childhood, Developing Character and Cultivating Leaders. Educators strive to teach each child in a manner that builds on individual strengths, interests, and abilities while also fostering teamwork within the greater school community. Small classes give teachers the flexibility to customize lessons, connect with students, and inspire life-long curiosity.
St. Andrew’s provides a challenging learning environment where students grow spiritually, socially and intellectually. A strong academic program, enhanced by state-of-the-art technology, includes Spanish, music, chapel, fine arts, athletics and information literacy skills. Student publications, dramatics, interscholastic sports, and community service round out St. Andrew’s program.
See the school in action at the upcoming Open House on October 21 for PK 3 – Grade 8, or call for a personal tour. Cottage tours are available by appointment. For more information, visit saesnola.org/admissions.
Kehoe-France is a school known for offering transformative and meaningful academic experiences that instill a lifelong love of learning, leadership, and service. A nurturing and engaging environment for children as young as eight weeks through 7th grade, Kehoe-France sets children on a path to discovery while developing the skills they need to be productive citizens of a global community. Each student experiences a rigorous and balanced curriculum focused on developing the whole child and preparing them to succeed and make lasting relationships in an increasingly connected and innovative world.
As part of the International Schools Partnership, Kehoe-France is one of a growing group of private schools committed to improving schools and learning opportunities for students across the world. For more information on the school and admissions, call 504-733-0472 or visit kehoe-france.com.
Jewish Community Day School
Jewish Community Day School of Greater New Orleans (JCDS) is a coeducational independent school for students ages two months through 6th Grade. Balancing challenging academics with an enriching Jewish Studies program, a JCDS education is interdisciplinary, project-based, and holistic.
The school’s small class size and differentiated instruction ensure each child is valued for their individual strengths. Students bring what they’ve learned at JCDS beyond the school’s boundaries, too, using their education to fulfill the Jewish value of Tikkun Olum, repairing the world.
JCDS is a nurturing school where families of all backgrounds are welcomed and children are prepared to be engaged, compassionate leaders. The school’s fall open house takes place on Sunday, October 24 at 12 p.m. To learn more or schedule a tour, please call 504-887-4091 or email email@example.com.
Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans
Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans is a private French school accredited by both the French Ministry of Education and the State of Louisiana. The mission of Ecole Bilingue is to develop globally literate students through a rigorous bilingual French-American curriculum set in a nurturing and multicultural community. Graduates of Ecole Bilingue excel in both traditional American and global high schools. The school’s curriculum adheres to a strong English Language Arts, American math, and social studies program that complements the French national curriculum.
Located off Magazine Street in Uptown New Orleans, Ecole Bilingue spans across a four-building campus. Classes are offered for children in preschool (18 months) through 8th grade. For more information on Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans, please visit ebnola.com. To schedule a tour, call 504-896-4500.
K – 12 / Continuous Education
Arden Cahill Academy
Arden Cahill Academy combines a strong education with the unique qualities of an outdoor country environment minutes from downtown. Nestled along Bayou Fatma in Gretna, the 12-acre campus currently serves students from six weeks in its Infant Center through 12th grade in its High School. Arden Cahill Academy enrolled its first class of high school freshmen in August 2019 and is proud to continue its tradition of academic excellence and cultural enrichment through its college preparatory curriculum. Arden Cahill Academy will be graduating its first class of high school seniors next year.
Horse stables, a petting farm, a STEAM Lab, art studios, band and music rooms, and a 300-seat theater make the Arden Cahill Academy campus unique. The academy also hosts Camp Corral, a 10-week summer camp that has been voted Best of New Orleans by Gambit readers. For more information on availability for the 2021/2022 school year, please call 504-392-0902 or visit ardencahillacademy.com. Prospective families are encouraged to attend an Open House on September 30th from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tours scheduled online by appointment. Spaces are limited.
Ursuline Academy is an all-girls Catholic school offering a diverse educational environment from six weeks through 12th grade. Founded in 1727, Ursuline Academy of New Orleans enjoys the distinction of being the first all-girls Catholic school in the United States. As girls progress through the academy, a highly interactive approach exposes them to increasingly complex concepts in STEM and the arts that go beyond learning the material. Ursuline girls learn to think creatively, articulate their ideas confidently and compassionately, and solve problems collaboratively. Ursuline’s all-girls environment empowers students to challenge themselves, explore outside their comfort zones and expand what they are capable of achieving.
At Ursuline, students blaze their own trails—it’s the school’s legacy. Make it yours, too. Register for an open house at uanola.org. For more information, visit go.uanola.org or contact the Office of Admissions at 504-866-5292 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mount Carmel Academy
The Mount Carmel Academy experience is filled with opportunities for each student to pursue her passions, uncover new talents, grow spiritually, and discover the person God created her to become. Students collaborate with peers, view failures as opportunities for growth, and approach an ever-changing and complex world with an inquisitive mind.
Small class sizes (average of nine) ensure an interactive and inclusive learning environment. Students are encouraged to expand their interests as they navigate through more than 50 extracurricular activities and become active participants in the community through the school’s service learning program. Graduates depart from Mount Carmel Academy with confidence in themselves and a love for each other. They are well prepared for college and beyond.
Explore the Mount Carmel Academy campus, meet students and teachers, and learn more at an Open House on October 14 from 2 – 7:30 p.m. RSVP on mcacubs.com.
Colleges & Universities
University of Holy Cross
The University of Holy Cross provides an atmosphere of learning and growth that not only expands the mind but also nourishes the heart. A fully accredited Catholic university in New Orleans, the University of Holy Cross (formerly Our Lady of Holy Cross College) offers more than 65 majors and programs to more than 1,000 students. With 154 faculty members and a student-faculty ratio of 10:1, students enjoy a personalized academic experience virtually and on a close-knit campus where they are encouraged to explore spiritual values and pursue service opportunities.
Some of the university’s most distinctive programs are in Business, Education, Healthcare, Counseling, and Nursing. The university was founded in 1916 as a mission of the Marianites of Holy Cross, whose distinguished history of educating minds and hearts dates to 1848. Located on the West Bank, minutes from downtown New Orleans, UHC offers an affordable, liberal arts education within a small, private university setting.
For more information, visit go.uhcno.edu.
The Blood Center
Find out if you’ve had an immune response to COVID-19 with The Blood Center (TBC). This free service informs blood donors if they carry the COVID-19 antibodies produced from previous exposure and/or vaccinations. TBC is performing COVID-19 Antibody screenings to find potential candidates for COVID Convalescent Plasma collections when and if needed for transfusion.
Receiving the vaccination, choosing not to, or previous exposure to the COVID-19 virus do not affect blood donations or the patients whose lives are touched every day by blood donors. Potential donors are urged to give as the country battles a critical need for blood, provided they are healthy and meet all other eligibility criteria for blood donations. Scheduled donations are encouraged to practice social distancing and ensure a safe, stable blood supply. Immune response results post three to five days after a completed blood donation. Following the donation, donors need to visit TheBloodCenter.org and log in to My Account for their results.
To schedule your blood donation and help save lives, visit TheBloodCenter.org or call 1-800-86-BLOOD.
Children’s Hospital New Orleans
As the health experts for kids in Louisiana, Children’s Hospital New Orleans is proud to support Louisiana’s schools, students, and their families in returning to school safely. Schools across the nation and here in Louisiana are adapting to new practices, procedures, and approaches to learning to keep students and teachers safe upon reopening. The experts at Children’s Hospital are available to serve as a resource and to help make the reopening process for schools a safer, smoother experience for students, parents, and educators.
As part of its school reopening program, Children’s Hospital is partnering with the Louisiana Department of Education, ThriveKids, and schools across Louisiana to offer support to schools and educators for the school year. The ThriveKids Hotline is your resource for making this school year successful, from scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine or test to virtual appointments with Children’s Hospital pediatric nurses or physicians.
Learn more at chnola.org/school-wellness.