An education is much more than a set of facts or methodologies—an education is also made up of relationships, those with students who become lifelong friends and with the teachers that inspire us to become the best versions of ourselves as we grow. An education also consists of moments—moments when one chooses to help another, to make a tough decision, or to act on an opportunity. More than just bricks and mortar, a school is not just a building; it’s a building block towards a successful future. New Orleans is full of schools that offer a variety of experiences for growth in and out of the classroom. This month, take a look at some of the institutions ready to give your child a seat at the table and a pathway to their full potential. 

Early Education

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

Founded in 1957, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a co-educational, independent school serving children 12 months – 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.

At St. Andrew’s, students and teachers love to build. Whether building a rocket for science class, a set for a school play, building friendships, or building upon the lessons learned, students are always building something. More importantly, teachers aim to build up each child’s self-esteem because helping them believe in themselves means they’ll have a strong foundation to build their future. With smaller class sizes, your child will have the individual attention they need to thrive.

If you are looking for a school that will nurture your child’s love of learning while helping to build their self-esteem, leadership skills, and social skills, St. Andrew’s just may be the place for your child. Schedule a tour today to see for yourself what makes St. Andrew’s so special. For more information, visit


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

Stuart Hall School for Boys

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 38th 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.”  

For more information on Stuart Hall School for Boys or to take a private tour of the campus, please call 504-861-5384 or visit 

Cathedral Montessori School

Celebrating over ten years of growth, Cathedral Montessori School (CMS) uses Montessori equipment and materials designed to inspire self-directed learning. A non-profit, co-educational, certified Montessori School, CMS now serves students ages three through twelve and changes the educational landscape of the city by providing a preschool through sixth grade private school Montessori education in New Orleans. 

CMS provides an education of hope, self-motivation, and discovery to a greater population of students who will go on to contribute and problem-solve creatively in both the local community and across the world. Growth, transformation, and change are celebrated at CMS, but the curriculum and culture remain constant to support independent academic inquiry and discovery, emotional confidence and empathy, and social justice and collective responsibility.

CMS welcomes you to call for a visit to the campus, learn about the school’s philosophy, and join its community. For more information, visit or call 504-252-4871.


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 two consecutive years. For more information on registration, please call 504-392-0902 or visit Tours are scheduled online by appointment. Interested families are encouraged to attend a tour or come to the Winter Open House on January 6. 


Higher Education

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has more than 19,200 students. It awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in disciplines ranging from the humanities to informatics, from business to exercise science.

UL Lafayette’s academic programs are offered in an environment that fosters student success and emphasizes career development. That’s why the University is proud to be the Official Higher Education Partner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans. These collaborations will give UL Lafayette students and recent graduates access to internships, practical career experiences, and professional development and networking opportunities. The Saints and Pelicans will fund two annual scholarships for qualified students.  

UL Lafayette is committed to providing students with learning opportunities beyond the classroom that will benefit them throughout their lifetimes. These partnerships will help the University meet that goal and enable students to realize their aspirations.

Visit and explore the possibilities UL Lafayette offers.

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. 

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