Touring new schools is part of the fun in education exploration. New Orleans offers a diverse smattering of schools, from Catholic and charter to arts-integrated and Episcopal. Every fall, open houses offer a sneak peek for parents and prospective students, giving than an opportunity to walk the halls, see classrooms, hear presentations, and experience school culture. In addition to open houses, many schools offer private tours.
If your little one is in line for a new school experience, checking out the many open houses this month may answer some questions and help you decide which schools share your personal values and value the same attributes in a young learner as you. From early and primary education to high schools and schools offering a continuous K-12 experience, each institution offers its own unique advantages. Get to know each school better with a little help from our Education Open House Guide.
 

Early Education

 

Trinity is a co-educational, Prekindergarten through Eighth Grade school. Their campus is located in the Garden District and offers a pleasant and stimulating learning environment for students and faculty. Trinity continues in the tradition of its predecessor school, Miss Edith Aiken’s Little School, and in that of Trinity Episcopal Church.
Trinity nurtures a child’s mind, body, and spirit through a fun and challenging program that offers the best in the academic disciplines, uses best practices, and is taught by a skillful, experienced, and loving faculty and staff. The School'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. Characteristics of Trinity graduates include being an empathetic upstander, a reflective person, an ardent questioner, a fluent communicator, and a collaborative learner.
For more information or to schedule an individual tour, please visit trinitynola.org or call the Admission Office at 504-525-8661. Open Houses for grades PK – 8 will take place at 9 a.m. on October 12, and 9 a.m. on January 11.
 

 

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is the oldest Episcopal school in New Orleans with 61 years of experience in educating the mind, body, and spirit of young children. St. Andrew’s enrolls boys and girls 18 months through Grade 8, offering ten+ years of nurturing yet challenging education that focuses on the Decade of Childhood.
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 library skills. Student publications, dramatics, interscholastic sports, and community service round out St. Andrew’s program.
See their students and teachers in action at an upcoming Open House (October 25 for Cottage at 9 a.m., November 15 for PK-Grade 4 at 9 a.m., December 6 for the Middle School Preview at 4 p.m.), or call for a personal tour. For more information, please visit the school’s website at saesnola.org/admissions.
 

 

For a strong primary education combined with the unique qualities of an outdoor country environment minutes from downtown, consider Arden Cahill Academy. Nestled on a 12-acre tract of land along Bayou Fatma in Gretna, the campus provide state of the art classroom learning facilities in addition to an equestrian arena, stables, and petting farm that provide unique learning experiences outside of the traditional classroom environment.
The school focuses on cultural enrichment as one part of its primary education and tradition of academic excellence. Their STEM 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 and a specialized Infant Center accepts children as young as six weeks. The academy also hosts Camp Corral, a 10-week summer camp.
For more information, please call 504-392-0902 or visit ardencahillacademy.com. Join Open House on November 13. Tours for infants through 7th grade are at 9 a.m., and 8th and 9th grade tours are at 1 p.m.
 

 

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 Middle School will be held on October 2 at 6:30 p.m., and Preschool and Lower School Open House takes place October 24 at 8:30 a.m. Tours are available by appointment throughout the year. Tours are available by appointment. For more information on Stuart Hall School for Boys or to tour the campus, please call 504-861-5384 or visit stuarthall.org.
 

 

Cathedral Montessori School (CMS) is a non-profit, co-educational, certified Montessori school. Having grown from the benevolence of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, it celebrates diversity, tradition, and faith. While it currently serves students three years to second grade, it will eventually serve students through sixth grade. CMS opened its doors after Hurricane Katrina, demonstrating hope and leadership during a time of rebuilding.  
After nearly a decade, it has expanded once again to meet the needs of the community and the call for an elementary level Montessori program to guide students beyond their preschool years.  With this expansion, CMS aims to provide an education of hope, self-motivation, and discovery to a greater population of students who will go on to contribute creatively and positively to the community and world. Growth, transformation and change are celebrated at CMS, but the curriculum and culture remain constant and support independent academic inquiry and discovery, emotional confidence and empathy, and social justice and collective responsibility.
Visit the Open House on November 3 at 9 a.m. Private tours are available by appointment. For more information, visit info@cathedralmontessori.org or call 504-252-4871.
 

 

Continuous Education / K-12

 

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 8 to 1, allowing each student an opportunity to have personalized attention for a better, differentiated education.
Open House takes place Thursday, October 25, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. For more information the school, please visit ebnola.net. To schedule a tour, call 504-896-4500.
 

 

Lusher Charter School, a National Blue Ribbon School in partnership with Tulane University, offers a rigorous, interdisciplinary, college-focused curriculum. Lusher students engage in a comprehensive program, enhancing critical, analytical, and creative thinking. Serving 1,800 students in its K-12 program, Lusher maintains two Uptown campuses, the Lower School on Willow Street, and the Middle and High schools on Freret Street.
Arts integration starts in the Lower School; many Lusher students continue artistic pursuits in high school Certificate of Artistry programs. Students may choose an area of concentration in Humanities/Communications or Math/Science/Engineering. Beginning with introductory Engineering classes in Lower School, STEM options expand to include Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Science and AP courses in all sciences. A Learning Resource Center and state-of-the-art science laboratories support academic excellence. Qualifying juniors and seniors earn college credit at Tulane.
Lusher’s numerous extracurricular offerings include 27 sports teams that operate with the support of Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who provided funding for Lusher’s Brees Family Field.
Call 504-862-5110 (Willow) or 504-304-3961 (Freret) to find out more about Lusher’s outstanding program.
 

 

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 Wednesday, October 17 from 5 – 7 p.m. Tuesday Tours for Ages 1 – Grade 4 are October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6, and January 8 from 8:30 – 10 a.m.
For more info, call 504-269-1213 or visit ashrosary.org/openhouse.
 

 

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 and 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 20 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.
 

 

Founded in 1903, Isidore Newman School is committed to the intellectual, ethical, emotional, and physical development of each student. Newman offers a challenging, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate curriculum from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, with Green Trees Early Childhood Village enrolling children ages six weeks to four years. A Newman education encourages critical and independent thinking, leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, and provides superior guidance and support for high achieving students and families.
Newman invites guests to explore the school’s offerings by visiting the November 13 Open House at 6 p.m. or the January 23 Open House at 9 a.m. Individual visits are always welcomed. You may arrange a visit by calling 504-896-6323. Visit newmanschool.org for more information.
 

 

Ursuline Academy is an all-girls Catholic school offering a diverse educational environment from Toddler 2 through 12th grade. Founded in 1727, Ursuline Academy enjoys the distinction of being both the oldest school for girls and the oldest Catholic school in the United States. Ursuline’s educational approach combines tradition and innovation and is validated by its dedication to the moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social growth of each student. The Academy’s strong musical, visual, and performing arts are matched by the excellence of STEM, and Ursuline is the first all-girls school in Louisiana to implement a full K-12 engineering and computer science pathway program known as Project Lead The Way.
High School Open House (Grades 8-12) will be Thursday, October 25 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Elementary Open House (Toddler 2-7) will be Friday, October 26 from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Private tours are available by appointment. For more information, visit uanola.org or contact the Office of Admissions at 504-866-5292 or admissions@uanola.org.
 

 

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 25 at 6:30 p.m.; K/1/2 on January 10 at 8:30 a.m.; Grades 3/4/5 on January 15 at 8:30 a.m.; 6th-12th grades on November 14 at 6:30 p.m. and January 17 at 8:15 a.m.
 

 

High School

 

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 11, 2018, 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.
 

 

Archbishop Chapelle High School is a leading private Catholic high school for girls in grades 8-12 offering exceptional academics alongside spiritual formation and leadership development. Chapelle women excel in college and their future careers while always remembering Deus Providebit… God Will Provide.
Chapelle provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with AP and Dual Enrollment classes and a strong emphasis on STEM and Fine Arts. Chapelle’s 1:1 student technology initiative integrates technology into every subject through the use of individualized Google Chromebooks and a new STEM Center for interdisciplinary learning.
In addition to impressive academics, Chapelle's competitive athletics and array of student activities ensure a well-rounded educational experience within a close-knit family environment. Over 90% of students join more than one extracurricular activity where they develop talents, cultivate school spirit, and make lifelong friends.
At Chapelle, students are challenged to deepen their Catholic faith through religion classes, liturgies, class-level retreats, and ministry programs. Service learning is also an integral part of the Chapelle experience, with students completing over 26,000 service hours each year.
Chapelle’s Open House is Thursday, November 8 at 6 p.m. For more information, visit archbishopchapelle.org.
 

 

Education for Individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

 

St. Michael School educates over 200 students each year age six through adulthood with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a Catholic environment. Established in 1965 by Sr. Lillian McCormack of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the school has served over 6,000 students in more than 50 years as a prized New Orleans institution.
Individualized instruction develops the whole child—academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Curriculum includes reading, religion, language arts, math, science, social studies, technology, creative arts, culinary science, independent living, community integration, industrial arts, music, and job training. Extracurricular activities include speech therapy, music therapy, adaptive physical education, club participation, student council, sports, cheerleading, and various inclusive activities with respective peer groups.
In 2017, a new transition program was added for recent high school graduates. Exploration Academy focuses on job readiness through self-determination, independent life skills and community work experiences.
St. Michael is accredited by LDOE, AdvancEd, and recognized as a NASET School of Excellence. Open House takes place October 18, 2018 and February 7, 2019. Sign up for a tour at stmichaelspecialschool.com/admissions or call 504-524-7285.

 

Education: Open House Guide