The beginning of a new school year is an exciting time for children and parents. Starting school for the first time or just leveling up a grade means making new friends, seeing old ones and looking forward to the exciting unknowns the coming school year has in store. For parents, sending their children to school can be a significant milestone in their journey of parenthood. Regardless of age, choosing the right school is pivotal to a child’s academic and personal development. Different families will choose different paths for their children, and this list of schools and upcoming open houses can help with the decision.  


Speciality Education

NOLA Speech and Language 

With fifteen years of clinical experience, NOLA Speech and Language founder Lesley Gattuso Brown, MCD, CCC-SLP and her team help children across New Orleans express themselves, communicate with others and connect with their community. Exercising comprehensive pediatric speech and language skills, NOLA Speech and Language uses a hands-on, personalized approach to meet the unique, individual needs of each child. 

NOLA Speech and Language offers speech-language evaluations and therapy in areas including articulation, oral motor, voice, fluency, language, processing and reading. Meeting the busy schedules of children and their families, the practice conducts therapy via telehealth, in-person, at home or at school.

The NOLA Speech and Language office is located at 630 N. Carrollton Avenue. To learn more about service offerings and to schedule an evaluation, visit nolaspeechandlanguage.com or call Lesley at 504-400-4239.

Early Education

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is the oldest Episcopal school in New Orleans with 65 years of experience in educating the mind, body and spirit of young children. St. Andrew’s enrolls boys and girls 12 months through eighth grade, offering a nurturing yet challenging education that focuses on “Cherishing Childhood, Developing Character and Cultivating Leaders.” 

St. Andrew’s students love to build things – building a rocket for science class, a set for a school play, building friendships or building upon the lessons they learn. More importantly, St. Andrew’s aims 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, children have the individual attention they need to thrive. 

Those looking for a school to nurture their child’s love of learning and to build self-esteem, leadership skills and social skills will discover it at St. Andrew’s. 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 and registration is required for Open House. For more information visit saesnola.org/admissions.

Stuart Hall School for Boys

Since 1984, Stuart Hall has offered a unique faith-based environment for the Catholic education of boys from preschool through seventh grade. Their motto is “Leaders for Life.” They inspire boys to be lifelong leaders – throughout school, in their homes, their careers and their words. Faith, Scholarship, Leadership and Honor are the foundations upon which Stuart Hall builds future leaders of our community. 

Stuart Hall holds membership in The Archdiocese of New Orleans, Independent Schools of the Southwest, National Association of Independent Schools and the Independent Boys’ Schools Coalition. To schedule a private tour of the campus located at 2032 S. Carrollton Avenue, visit stuarthall.org or call 504-861-1954.

Continuous Education

Ursuline Academy

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 admissions@uanola.org.

St. Martin’s Episcopal School 

For 75 years, St. Martin’s has been preparing children from eight weeks old to grade 12 to thrive in both college and life through faith, service and scholarship. A co-educational, independent school, St. Martin’s focuses on the development of the whole person – offering students the benefits of a strong, diverse community, and a shared commitment to core principles. 

While St. Martin’s provides the highest caliber of college preparatory education, the student experience goes far beyond academics. Guided by caring and engaged faculty members, students can explore their individual interests and strengths in athletics, the arts, technology and religion to name a few. Allowing students the opportunity to discover their gifts in childhood and adolescence ensures they can build upon them in college and their careers. 

To learn more about how St. Martin’s fulfills its mission through the student experience, schedule a virtual or campus tour at bit.ly/3bITgFO.

High School 

Benjamin Franklin High School

Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans’ top performing public charter school, has been preparing students of high academic potential for success in college and beyond since it was founded in 1957. From rigorous and challenging courses to a wide array of more than 60 clubs and 20 competitive sports, students are urged to find their spark at Franklin! In addition to offering visual arts, music and theater courses, Franklin partners with the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts to provide interested students access to a more arts-based curriculum. Students seeking further academic advancement can take dual enrollment courses through partnerships with the University of New Orleans and Louisiana State University.

Families interested in surrounding their child with the brightest students, faculty and staff are urged to attend Benjamin Franklin High School’s Open House on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. on the BFHS campus. To learn more about Franklin, its admissions criteria and its exceptional programs and opportunities, visit bfhsla.org.