Back to School

Schools all over the metro area welcomed students back last month, and over the coming months, open houses abound for parents getting a head start on next year’s enrollment. From early pre-school and care for infants up to specialized high school programs for teens, parents will find a number of schools looking to welcome in their little or not-so-little ones. New Orleans families will find that the city offers something for everyone with schools developed around certain philosophies, distinct teaching styles, or specific subjects. From private religious institutions to language immersion schools and arts-integrated curricula, the diverse educational landscape of the city means parents can tailor a child’s education to what they feel is most important while finding comfort in the strong academic reputations that many of these schools have fostered for years. Setting up a child for success is important work, and doing your homework now may mean easy transitions from schoolyear to schoolyear.

 

Early Education

 

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is the oldest Episcopal school in New Orleans with 62 years of experience in educating the mind, body, and spirit of young children. St. Andrew’s enrolls boys and girls 12 months through Grade 8, offering ten+ years of nurturing yet challenging education that focuses on “Cherishing Childhood, Developing Character and Cultivating Leaders.” Faculty strive to teach each child in a manner that builds on his or her individual strengths, interests, and abilities while at the same time fostering teamwork within the greater School community.

St. Andrew’s utilizes small classes to promote a challenging learning environment where students interact with teachers and 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 students and teachers in action at an upcoming Open House (October 22 for PK 3-Grade 4, October 17 for the Middle School, Grades 5-8), or call for a personal tour. Cottage tours are available by appointment only. For more information, visit saesnola.org/admissions.

 

Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans is the only private French school in New Orleans that is accredited by the French Ministry of Education and State of Louisiana. Founded in 1998, the mission of the school is to provide a strong and distinctive education by combining the best of French and American academics.

Ecole Bilingue follows the curriculum of the French Education Nationale, considered to be one of the most rigorous educational systems in the world. Ecole Bilingue also offers a rich English language arts and American mathematics and social studies programs designed to balance out and complement the strength of the French curriculum. The school has a campus of three buildings off Magazine Street in Uptown New Orleans with students and teachers from the U.S. and around the world.

Classes are offered for children in preschool (18 months) through 8th grade. The student-to-teacher ratio is 7 to 1, allowing each student an opportunity to have personalized attention for a better, differentiated education. For more information on Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans, please visit ebnola.net. To schedule a tour, call 504-896-4500.

 

Known as the “Jewel of Freret,” Samuel J. Green Charter School opened in 2005 as part of FirstLine Schools. Serving grades Pre-K – 8th, Green is working to provide more seats for children from all New Orleans backgrounds to learn together. The mission of Samuel J. Green Charter School is to prepare 100 percent of students for college, careers, and a successful life.

With a rigorous and creative curriculum, Green focuses on providing a strategic use of blended and personalized learning. This dedication to the individual needs of each student is why Green was recently recognized by the state as a top performer both in the city and statewide with an “A” rating for student growth. In addition to the academic curriculum, students at Green benefit from hands-on learning experiences daily through FirstLine’s nationally renowned gardening and culinary program, Edible Schoolyard New Orleans.

The school will host an Open House every Thursday in September from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. for families interested in the Pre-K and Kindergarten programs. For more information, visit FirstLineSchools.org/Samuel-J-Green-Charter-School, call 504-304-3532, or email gogreen@firstlineschools.org.

 

The mission of the Stuart Hall School for Boys is to live the words of Catholic educator, Janet Erskine Stuart, RSJC: “Education is formation, not just information.” Faculty and staff are dedicated to working with parents to help each child build a foundation for a life centered on a love for learning, a desire to help others, and a commitment to Gospel values.

Now in its 35th year, Stuart Hall School is the only school in the greater New Orleans area to offer a Catholic, independent, all-boy education in a traditional, elementary school configuration (PK3-7th). Faith, honor, leadership, and scholarship are the foundations upon which Stuart Hall builds future community leaders who have an unselfish commitment to the service of others. It truly is a school “Where Good Boys Become Great Men.”

Open House for grades PK3-7th grade will take place on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.  For more information on Stuart Hall School for Boys or to tour the campus, please call 504-861-5384 or visit StuartHall.org.

 

Trinity Episcopal School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students age 15 months through 8th grade. Trinity’s campus is located in the Garden District and offers a pleasant and stimulating learning environment. Trinity continues in the tradition of its predecessor school, Miss Edith Aiken’s Little School, and in that of Trinity Episcopal Church. Trinity’s talented and experienced faculty and staff are committed to educating students in a nurturing environment dedicated to the ideals of being Gentle, Generous, Truthful, Kind, and Brave.

Trinity’s mission is to build confident, resilient upstanders on a foundation of academic excellence, moral responsibility, and faith who are prepared to make a positive difference in the world. Open Houses for all ages will take place at 9 a.m. on October 16 and January 16. Private tours are also encouraged. For more information or to schedule an individual tour, please visit TrinityNola.org, email admission@trinitynola.com, or call 504-670-2561.

 

Established in 1978 and celebrating over forty years of serving area children, University Montessori School is a not-for-profit, pre-primary school dedicated to the Montessori philosophy and method of education. University Montessori School has two complete and individual classrooms: a twenty-month to three-year-old class and a combination 3- to 6-year-old preschool, transitional, and kindergarten class.

University Montessori School devotes itself to the total child—his or her emotional, social, intellectual, and physical well-being. A child-centered classroom is the basis of the Montessori approach. In each prepared environment, the child has the opportunity to progress at his or her own rate and reach the potential that each child carries within.

By combining age groups in the preschool, transitional, and kindergarten class, the children develop a sense of community. The younger children teach the older children patience and empathy and give them a feeling of competency, while the older children practice leadership, providing younger children with assistance with work and classroom adjustment.

For more information, visit umsnola.org, email info@umsnola.org, or call 504-865-1659.

 

Continuous Education (K-12)

 

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 6 weeks in its Infant Center through High School (10th grade) and provides state-of-the-art classroom learning facilities in addition to an equestrian arena, stables, and petting farm. The school is currently expanding its high school with the addition of a grade per year through 2023.

The school focuses on cultural enrichment as one part of its primary education and tradition of academic excellence. The STEAM Lab, 300-seat theater, art studios, music rooms and foreign language programs ensure students’ abilities to excel in the arts, while a sports field, competition pool, gymnasium, and extra-curricular athletics allow students to excel in physical competition as well. Before and after school care are available. The academy also hosts Camp Corral, a 10-week summer camp.

For more information, please call 504-392-0902 or visit ArdenCahillAcademy.com. Attend an Open House on October 10th, 6 – 8 p.m. (6th to 10th grade), or November 12th, 9 a.m (6 weeks to 10th grade).

 

Founded in 1867, the Academy of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent, college prep school for girls, ages 1 through Grade 12. The school is committed to values of faith, intellectual advancement, social awareness, the building of community, and personal growth.

As part of a network of 150+ Sacred Heart schools, its global exchange program allows students to visit other sister schools in the U. S. and abroad. With global exchange opportunities, thought leadership, service learning activities, a tech-forward campus, design thinking and more, Sacred Heart girls are truly inspired to go out and make change in the world.

Open House for Grades 5-12 is Tuesday, October 29 from 5 – 7 p.m. Personal tours for Ages 1 – Grade 4 are available at your convenience. For more info, visit AshRosary.org/openhouse.

 

Ursuline Academy is an all-girls Catholic school offering a diverse educational environment from Toddler 1 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.

High School Open House (Grades 8-12) will be Thursday, October 24 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Elementary Open House (Toddler 1- Grade 7) will be Friday, October 25 from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Private tours are available by appointment. For more information, visit go.uanola.org or contact the Office of Admissions at 504-866-5292 or admissions@uanola.org.

 

St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a coeducational, independent college preparatory day school for students from 8 weeks through 12th grade. St. Martin’s curriculum and programs are designed to stimulate growth at the different stages in a child’s life. A rigorous curriculum, balanced with small class sizes, an emphasis on critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and leadership, prepares students not only to thrive in excellent colleges, but also to lead meaningful and productive lives with knowledge and skills that enable success long after graduation. St. Martin’s is leading the way with a student-centered innovation and design approach to education that is unlike any other in the region.

Learn more about St. Martin’s when you visit the beautiful 18-acre campus for a personal tour or attend the Open House on Saturday, October 19 at 9:30 a.m. For more information or to schedule a personal tour, please call the Admission Office at 504-736-9917. Visit St. Martin’s on the web at StMSaints.com.

 

The Archdiocese of New Orleans is home to 75 Catholic elementary and secondary schools that educate nearly 35,000 students in eight civil parishes of South Louisiana.

This summer, the Archdiocese of New Orleans has been busy planning and preparing for a fruitful school year. Hundreds of teachers participated in professional development workshops and many administrators attended retreats and other professional development opportunities. In October, high school admissions season will begin followed by elementary school registration in February 2020.

For more information about Catholic Schools in the New Orleans area, visit NolaCatholicSchools.org or call the Office of Catholic Schools at 504-866-7916.  Find and like them on Facebook at Facebook.com/neworleanscatholicschools.

 

Established in 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School is a co-educational, non-denominational, independent school where care and cultivation of each child, from Pre-K through Grade 12, come to life with exciting and innovative approaches to teaching. The use of advanced technology and expansive, rigorous curriculum opens the world to Country Day students, and faculty teaches them the importance of individual achievement through a depth of inquiry rather than a mere recitation of facts.

Visit an Admission Open House or email admissions@mpcds.com for a private tour. Upcoming Open Houses include Pre-K on October 24 at 6:30 p.m.; K/1/2 on January 14 at 8:30 a.m.; Grades 3/4/5 on January 8 at 8:30 a.m.; 6th-12th grades on November 21 at 6:30 p.m. and January 16 at 8:15 a.m.

 

Middle and High Schools

 

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. The challenging curriculum enables students to cultivate critical thinking skills, communicate effectively, weigh social and religious values, and prepare for higher education. A 1:1 MacBook program enhances instruction and offers powerful collaborative and in-class possibilities. Small class sizes (average of 15) ensure each student receives individualized attention while developing meaningful connections with her teachers and peers.

As they navigate through a diverse selection of elective offerings and more than 50 extracurricular activities, students are encouraged to expand interests and become active participants in the community. Service to others is an integral part of a Mount Carmel education. Through hard work and reflection, students develop a deep respect for God, their families, and all of God’s creation. Teamwork and perseverance are found on and off the field on 11 athletic teams.

Visit their Open House, Thursday, October 10, 2019, 3 – 7 p.m. Private tours are available by appointment. For more information, visit MCACubs.com, call 504-288-7626, or email admissions@mcacubs.org.

 

For over fifty-five years, Archbishop Rummel High School has been educating young men who become tomorrow’s leaders. Conveniently located in Metairie on a 22-acre campus, Archbishop Rummel provides young men, grades 8-12, with a faith-based Lasallian education while maintaining state-of-the-art facilities. Academically, the school sets high standards in its college preparation courses while also encouraging students to explore their individual interests.

Unique to Archbishop Rummel are its pre-professional classes in biomedical sciences, engineering, and law studies. These courses give students opportunities to explore professional industries and develop relationships with alumni.

“Touching hearts, Teaching Minds, and Cultivating Leaders” is not just Archbishop Rummel’s motto; it is the foundation by which its staff and stakeholders base their decisions and actions. The school invites prospective families to visit its campus and see the daily life of a Rummel Raider.

To schedule a spend-a-day or tour, visit their website at RummelRaiders.com.

 

The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts—better known as NOCCA—has been training Louisiana’s young artists for nearly 50 years. NOCCA provides full-day, half-day, and after-school training in 11 arts disciplines: Classical Music, Creative Writing, Culinary Arts, Dance, Drama, Jazz, Media Arts, Musical Theatre, Theatre Design, Vocal Music, and Visual Arts. NOCCA’s full-day program includes academic courses and has been rated one of Louisiana’s top-ten schools. NOCCA also offers a summer session.

Admission to NOCCA is by arts audition, and students attend tuition-free. NOCCA’s nonprofit partner, The NOCCA Institute, provides financial aid to students who need help paying for art supplies and other costs associated with their training.

NOCCA will host an open house for prospective students and their parents on September 28. That same day, NOCCA will publish applications for the 2020-21 school year and the 2020 summer session at NOCCA.com. Applications can be completed online and are due Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

 

Colleges & Universities

 

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) offers degrees in more than 40 top-ranked programs, including architecture, animation, immersive reality, fashion, and film and television. This year, SCAD celebrates its 40th anniversary with SCADstory, a new immersive experience bringing to life the university’s creative journey. SCADstory is open to the public and is located in SCAD’s historic Poetter Hall on Bull Street in the center of downtown Savannah.

A global university, SCAD enrolls nearly 15,000 students at locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; Hong Kong; and Lacoste, France. SCAD facilitates travel for students to study across these locations, helping define their SCAD experience on an international scale. SCAD’s 99 percent alumni employment rate is testament to the creative careers of the more than 40,000 SCAD graduates working all over the world. In Savannah alone, SCAD alumni have created over 60 businesses in the historic city including retail shops, art galleries, restaurants, and architecture firms.

For more information, visit scad.edu.

 

The University of Holy Cross encourages students to do good and to do well. 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 1,300 students. With 154 faculty members and a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, students enjoy a personalized academic experience on an active 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 uhcno.edu.

 

Rooted in its Catholic heritage and continuing the centuries-old Jesuit tradition of educational excellence, Spring Hill College forms students to become responsible leaders in service to others. Located only a couple hours from New Orleans in Mobile, Alabama, Spring Hill College was named a 2019-2020 School of Distinction for its engaged and vibrant campus community, successful student outcomes, and the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, care for the whole person, body, mind and spirit. Spring Hill also received distinction awards for its Business and Nursing departments as well as the Career Development program.

Spring Hill College offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs and is home to the top ranked nursing program in Alabama. In 2018, 100 percent of incoming freshman received financial aid, and over 95 percent of outgoing graduates secured placement within six months of graduation. This fall, Spring Hill College is expanding undergraduate offerings to offer high-demand programs for ever-growing business career opportunities.

For more information on Spring Hill’s academics, admissions, student life, and athletics, visit SHC.edu or call 1-800-742-6704.

 

Schools for Students with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

 

Since 1965, St. Michael Special School has educated students age six through adulthood with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The school uniquely nurtures the whole child—academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Under the leadership of Principal Romaine McCarthy, along with the support of committed friends of St. Michael, the school serves over 200 students from 37 regional zip codes.

Experience all that St. Michael School provides for its students, including its new Exploration Academy, which supports the transition of recent high school graduates into adulthood through a focus on independent life skills and community work experience.

St. Michael is accredited by LDOE, AdvancEd, and is recognized as a NASET School of Excellence. Sign up for a tour at StMichaelSpecialSchool.com/admissions or call 504-524-7285. The school is located at 1522 Chippewa Street in New Orleans. “St. Michael School—a special place where students learn, grow, belong.”

 

Other Learning Opportunities

 

At Love Swimming Swim School, students of all ages are taught by a team of expert adult instructors who are passionate about teaching. Through safe, fun, and small classes, Love Swimming strives to provide swimmers with a strong foundation of love and respect for the water. Love Swimming’s teachers motivate individuals to explore their abilities beyond their fears and expectations.

With an indoor facility, Love Swimming Swim School never gets rained out, and their heated pools create a comfortable learning environment where swimmers can get right to swimming. This comfort is key to accelerating the learning process and developing strong safety skills that will last a lifetime.

The organization believes swimming is the best exercise for babies, kids, and adults and offers classes for ages six months to adult. Begin your swimming adventures for both fun and exercise by starting lessons now. Call 504-891-4662 or visit LoveSwimming.com.