School may look a little different this year—it may even look a lot like your living room—, but eventually students who’ve not yet returned to the actual classroom will once again walk the halls with classmates and teachers. As local schools have pivoted with the times and found ways to keep students learning remotely or in masks, they’ve also been looking ahead to make sure that when this schoolyear ends, the next will follow with a seamless transition. If your child is aging out of one school and into another, or if you’re considering a move to a different area of the city, you may want to peruse the many great options that exist for today’s local students. From private to public, Jewish to Catholic, French to English, a large variety of approaches to education can be accessed in the metro region. Nearby colleges and universities also round out this month’s education focus, as well as resources for area educators.
Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans
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 four 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.
Jewish Community Day School of Greater New Orleans
Celebrating its twenty-fifth year, Jewish Community Day School of Greater New Orleans (JCDS) balances challenging academics with an enriching Jewish Studies program for children in Preschool through 6th Grade. At JCDS, each child is seen and each child is valued. With the benefit of small classes and differentiated instruction, kids find themselves meeting challenges that they never before thought themselves capable of tackling.
Now more than ever, understanding the interconnectedness of the world is essential to preparing students for adulthood. By learning about Jewish identity and history, by learning about each person’s duty to make the world a better place (Tikkun Olam), and by participating in a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, JCDS graduates become better critical thinkers, better advocates for themselves, and better advocates for others. Alumni leave prepared to continue the scholarship, service, and leadership that have been the hallmark of the Jewish community of New Orleans for nearly 300 years.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is the oldest Episcopal school in New Orleans with 63 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.
This year, virtual one-on-one tours and in person tours are available by appointment only. For more information,
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 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.
Horse stables and a petting farm, a STEM 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.
For more information on face-to-face or virtual options for the 2020/2021 school year, please call 504-392-0902 or visit ardencahillacademy.com. Attend an Open House on October 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Virtual or Private Tours will be scheduled by appointment.
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.
At Ursuline, students blaze their own trails—it’s the school’s legacy. Make it yours, too. Register for 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.
Metairie Park Country Day School
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 email@example.com for a private tour. Upcoming Open Houses are Pre-K, October 22, 6:30 p.m. and Grades 6-12, November 17, 6:30 p.m.
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. 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 9) 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 26 teams in 11 sports.
College & University
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.
Spring Hill College
Spring Hill College students are doers. They’re curious and inspired to learn, serve and become the kind of leaders who take action. Located only two hours from New Orleans in Mobile, Alabama, Spring Hill is a private Jesuit, Catholic college, founded in 1830.
Recently, Spring Hill was named among the top 10 colleges and universities in the country in Forbes magazine for return on a student’s investment in their degree. The College was also named, for the second year in a row, a College of Distinction for its engaged and vibrant campus community, successful student outcomes, its Business and Nursing departments, and the Career Development program.
This fall, Spring Hill College is making some important changes, from expanding undergraduate offerings to offering new real-world majors to help students succeed. For more information, visit SHC.edu, shc.edu/realworldready or call 1-800-742-6704.
Resources for Educators
Teach New Orleans
Teach New Orleans is a free, centralized resource that connects high quality educators to the city’s public schools. The organization aims to streamline the job-seeking process for educators by enabling candidates to share their resume with all 86 public schools while providing candidates with impartial job-search support and a comprehensive website with a job board, school-specific info, citywide growth data, and more. Since Teach New Orleans launched in 2018, more than 1500 educators have shared their resumes on the site and over 200 experienced educators utilizing the site have been hired by New Orleans public schools.
You can be the teacher that creates opportunities and makes a difference doing the work you love. For more info, visit TeachNewOrleans.net.