The lessons we learn as children shape us into the adults we eventually become. While some lessons come in the form of our interactions with peers, friends, and family, others are directly linked to experiences in school. From developing math skills and learning to read and write to building self-confidence and character, education plays a significant role in readying us for the challenges we endure and successes we enjoy. When choosing a school for your child, you’ll see a variety of approaches to curricula, extracurricular activities, and community values. Greater New Orleans is home to numerous schools recognized for their approaches to academics, arts, and religion, as well as the unique learning environments they offer. Open the door to your child’s future by identifying the school best suited to your family’s needs.
Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans
812 General Pershing Street, New Orleans, 504-896-4500, ebnola.net
Ecole Bilingue is the only private French school in New Orleans accredited by the French Ministry of Education and the state of Louisiana. The mission is to provide a strong and distinctive education by combining the best of French and American academics. Ecole Bilingue offers rich English language arts, American mathematics, and social studies programs to balance out and complement the strength of the French curriculum. The campus, located off Magazine Street, hosts students and teachers from the U.S. and around the world and accepts students 18 months – 8th grade. The student/teacher ratio is 7 to 1, allowing each student personalized attention.
Jewish Community Day School
3747 West Esplanade Avenue North, Metairie, 504-887-4091, jcdsnola.org
Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) offers a challenging academic and 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. 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. For a virtual or in-person tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
720 Elise Avenue, Metairie, 504-733-0472, kehoe-france.com
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.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
8012 Oak Street, New Orleans, 504-866-6553, standrewsepiscopalschool.org
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is the oldest Episcopal school in New Orleans with 63 years of experience 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.” St. Andrew’s small classes promote 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. Virtual and in-person tours are available by appointment only.
Stuart Hall School for Boys
2032 S. Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, 504-861-5384, stuarthall.org
Stuart Hall School for Boys’ mission is to live the words of Catholic educator, Janet Erskine Stuart, RSJC: “Education is formation, not just information.” Faculty and staff work 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. Stuart Hall School is the only Catholic, independent, school in Greater New Orleans educating boys in a traditional, elementary school configuration (PK3-7th). Through faith, honor, leadership, and scholarship, Stuart Hall builds future community leaders who have an unselfish commitment to serving others. It truly is a school “Where Good Boys Become Great Men.”
University Montessori School (UMS)
7508 Burthe Street, New Orleans, 504-865-1659, umsnola.org
University Montessori School is dedicated to the Montessori philosophy and method of education, devoting itself to the total child—his or her emotional, social, intellectual, and physical well-being. There are two classrooms: a 20-month to 3-year-old class and a 3- to 6-year-old class. In combining age groups, the children develop a sense of community. Younger children teach older children patience, empathy and competency, while older children practice leadership by helping younger children. The child has the opportunity to progress at his or her own rate and reach the full potential carried within. UMS is also a nature-inspired school—the children enjoy time connecting with the earth in the school’s green and lush outdoors.
Trinity Episcopal School
1315 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, 504-525-8661, trinitynola.org
Trinity Episcopal School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students 15 months through eighth grade. 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. The school seeks to enroll qualified students without regard to gender, race, religion, creed, sexual orientation, ethnic, or national origin. During these unprecedented times, Trinity strives to strike a balance between the safety of isolation and the benefits of in-person interaction. Email
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K — 12 / CONTINUOUS EDUCATION
Ursuline Academy of New Orleans
2635 State Street, New Orleans, 504-861-9150, go.uanola.org
Founded in 1727, Ursuline Academy of New Orleans serves Toddler 1 through 12th grade girls and 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. The Academy’s nurturing community is diverse by design and fuels every girl’s success. At Ursuline, students blaze their own trails—it’s the school’s legacy. Make it yours, too.
De La Salle High School
5300 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, 504-895-5717, delasallenola.com
De La Salle High School is a private, Catholic co-educational high school for grades 8-12. The school is rooted in the 350-year old Lasallian heritage and the tradition of the Christian Brothers. Utilizing innovative technology and curriculum development and its excellent standards of quality teaching and extracurricular activities, the school has built a tradition helping students achieve their potential both in and out of the classroom. De La Salle exceeds the Louisiana TOPS requirements and offers numerous AP and Dual Enrollment classes, and Cavaliers have consistently achieved the top national scores. Extracurricular clubs and teams and the school’s numerous athletic teams have also won district and state titles as well as national awards.
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
University of Holy Cross
4123 Woodland Drive, New Orleans, 504-398-2175, uhcno.edu
The University of Holy Cross (UHC) 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. Some of the university’s most distinctive programs are in Business, Education, Healthcare, Counseling, and Nursing. Located on the West Bank, minutes from downtown New Orleans, UHC offers an affordable, liberal arts education within a small, private university setting.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
104 E University Ave, Lafayette, LA, 337-482-1000, louisiana.edu
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has nearly 19,200 students and awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in disciplines ranging from the humanities to informatics, from business to exercise science. UL Lafayette fosters student success and emphasizes career development and is committed to providing students with learning opportunities beyond the classroom that will benefit them throughout their lifetimes. That’s why the University is proud to be an Official Higher Education Partner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans. These collaborations give UL Lafayette students and recent graduates access to internships, practical career experiences, and professional development and networking opportunities. The Saints and Pelicans also fund two annual scholarships for qualified students.
RESOURCES IN EDUCATION
New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO)
1555 Poydras Street, Suite 78, New Orleans, 504- 274-3645, newschoolsforneworleans.org
NSNO’s mission is to deliver on the promise of excellent public schools for every child in New Orleans. This is accomplished by focusing on five priorities:
• Talent – NSNO coordinates a citywide strategy to strengthen the teaching profession in New Orleans.
• Curriculum – NSNO funds experts to help schools transition to higher standards.
• Policy – NSNO advocates for policies to maintain an environment that supports positive outcomes for students.
• Portfolio – NSNO invests in schools and partners with NOLA-PS to improve the quality of school choices for families.
• Communications – NSNO shares data and stories about public education in New Orleans.