Between Hurricane Ida and the pandemic, Louisiana schools have seen disruptions like never before. Still, educators across the city and state aim to keep your child’s learning on track and are finding solutions for a variety of challenges faced. As the school year moves along and you begin planning for the future, it’s important to keep an eye on the options available to families, whether you seek a continuous, K-12 school or a specialized elementary or high school dedicated to educating children during certain stages of life. Many virtual and in-person open houses are scheduled for fall and winter, allowing parents and guardians the opportunity to see firsthand what an institution offers. Compare the differences between religious schools, charter programs, STEM-focused curricula and more with information from a variety of area schools offering unique learning experiences and opportunities for kids.
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 kehoe-france.com.
Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans
Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans is a private French school accredited by both the French Ministry of Education and the State of Louisiana. The mission of Ecole Bilingue is to develop globally literate students through a rigorous bilingual French-American curriculum set in a nurturing and multicultural community.
Graduates of Ecole Bilingue excel in both traditional American and global high schools. The school’s curriculum adheres to a strong English Language Arts, American math, and social studies program that complements the French national curriculum.
Located off Magazine Street in Uptown New Orleans, Ecole Bilingue spans across a four-building campus. Classes are offered for children in preschool (18 months) through 8th grade. For more information on Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans, please visit ebnola.com. To schedule a tour, call 504-896-4500.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
Founded in 1957, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a co-educational, independent school serving children 12 months through 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. St. Andrew’s offers a nurturing yet challenging education that focuses on Cherishing Childhood, Developing Character and Cultivating Leaders. Educators strive to teach each child in a manner that builds on individual strengths, interests, and abilities while also fostering teamwork within the greater school community. Small classes give teachers the flexibility to customize lessons, connect with students, and inspire life-long curiosity.
St. Andrew’s provides 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.
See the school in action—call or register online for a private tour. For more information, visit saesnola.org/admissions.
Jewish Community Day School
Jewish Community Day School of Greater New Orleans (JCDS) is a coeducational independent school for students ages two months through 6th Grade. Balancing challenging academics with an enriching Jewish Studies program, a JCDS education is interdisciplinary, project-based, and holistic.
The school’s small class size and differentiated instruction ensure each child is valued for their individual strengths. Students bring what they’ve learned at JCDS beyond the school’s boundaries, too, using their education to fulfill the Jewish value of Tikkun Olum, repairing the world.
JCDS is a nurturing school where families of all backgrounds are welcomed and children are prepared to be engaged, compassionate leaders. The school’s fall open house takes place on Sunday, October 24 at 12 p.m. To learn more or schedule a tour, please call 504-887-4091 or email email@example.com.
Continuous Education / K-12
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 more information on registration, please call 504-392-0902 or visit ardencahillacademy.com. Tours are scheduled daily by appointment. Interested families are encouraged to attend a virtual or in-person tour or come to the Winter Open House on January 6.
Isidore Newman School
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 for students in grades Pre-K through 12, with Green Trees Early Childhood Village enrolling children ages six weeks to four years old. 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.
Located in the heart of Uptown, Newman is the only accredited co-educational, non-sectarian, independent day school in the city of New Orleans. Visit newmanschool.org for more information or to schedule a tour.
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. Students collaborate with peers, view failures as opportunities for growth, and approach an ever-changing and complex world with an inquisitive mind.
Small class sizes (average of nine) ensure an interactive and inclusive learning environment. Students are encouraged to expand their interests as they navigate through more than 50 extracurricular activities and become active participants in the community through the school’s service learning program. Graduates depart from Mount Carmel Academy with confidence in themselves and a love for each other. They are well prepared for college and beyond.
Explore the Mount Carmel Academy campus, meet students and teachers, and learn more at an Open House on October 14 from
2 – 7:30 p.m. RSVP on mcacubs.com.
Colleges & Universities
University of Holy Cross
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 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.