A quality, comprehensive education can open so many doors in life. It creates a solid foundation for college academics, can inspire career paths and ultimately, teach fundamental skills that can be put to use throughout life. There’s no question that strong academics are important but matching the right school to the right child is crucial. Some children may be better suited for a traditional, highly structured setting whereas others might thrive in environments where independent learning and exploration are encouraged. No matter the preference, these education and childcare options offer the perfect match for every type of learner.


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 this school 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 Fall Open House on October 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 Pre-K through 12 co-educational, non-sectarian, independent day school in the city of New Orleans. Visit newmanschool.org for more information or to schedule a tour.

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, scholarship and service. 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, visit stmsaints.com, call 504-733-0353 or schedule a virtual or campus tour at bit.ly/3bITgFO.

Metairie Park Country Day School

Established in 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School is a co-educational, non-denominational, independent school. Situated on a beautiful 15-acre campus, Country Day enriches the lives of talented young people in a dynamic learning environment filled with thoughtful, passionate adults united in our mission to help students learn “to be flexible, to be adaptable, and to face the challenges of life with honor, optimism, confidence, creativity, and a sense of humor.” The School prioritizes curiosity, critical thinking, character and citizenship as essential outcomes for all graduates. Come visit to learn more!

Visit an Admission Open House or email admissions@mpcds.com for a private tour. Upcoming Open Houses are Pre-K, October 19 at 6 p.m. and Grades 6-12, November 8, 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP at mpcds.com/admission.

Early Education

Kehoe-France

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.

Stuart Hall School for Boys

Stuart Hall is all boys, independent, Catholic, and unlike any other school in New Orleans. It’s what makes Stuart Hall distinct. Stuart Hall is a school built for boys and designed to help them thrive. At the heart of the Stuart Hall experience is a shared values system — the defining mark of a Stuart Hall boy. Faith, Scholarship, Leadership, and Honor are not merely words here. They are the values upon which the philosophy of the school rests.

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.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

Founded in 1957, 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. For more information, visit saesnola.org/admissions.

Jewish Community Day School

Jewish Community Day School of Greater New Orleans is a coeducational independent school for students ages two months through 6th Grade. By fall 2025, two months through 8th grade will be offered! Balancing challenging academics with an enriching Jewish Studies program, a JCDS education is interdisciplinary, project-based and holistic. The small class size and differentiated instruction ensure each child is valued for their individual strengths. Students bring what they’ve learned here beyond the school’s boundaries too, using their education to fulfill the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. 

JCDS is a nurturing school where families of all backgrounds are welcomed and children are prepared to be engaged, compassionate leaders. Visit JCDS at the fall Open House on Sunday, October 23 at 12 p.m. To RSVP or schedule a private tour please email admissions@jcdsnola.org.

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 cathedralmontessori.org or email info@cathedralmontessori.org.

Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans

Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans (EB) is an Independent bilingual 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 EB 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. 

Highschool

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 the ever-changing and complex world with an inquisitive mind. Small class sizes (average of 15) 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 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 campus, meet the students and teachers and learn more at Open House on October 13 from 3-7:30 p.m. RSVP on mcacubs.com.

Childcare

Kidz Klub House 

Serving as a child’s home away from home, Kidz Klub House has been the Northshore’s trusted childcare provider since 1999. Kidz Klub House provides children a stimulating, safe and clean environment for them to grow and prepare for kindergarten while maintaining a trusted partnership with their families. 

A range of carefully developed curriculums cater to the needs of young children in all developmental stages, including infants, toddlers, two year-olds, Pre-K threes and Pre-K fours. Kidz Klub House’s highly educated and experienced early childhood teachers receive at least 12 hours of continuing education per year in addition to being CPR and first aid trained. 

Kidz Klub House has been an educational, fun environment for
over 8,000 young children in Mandeville, Madisonville and Slidell. To learn more about Kidz Klub House or to join the family, visit kidzklubhouse.com.