Fall brings a number of open houses and tours at area schools, offering parents and their children an opportunity to see firsthand the academic, athletic, and artistic programs that develop future leaders. From a child’s earliest years through their adolescence, the influences of educators and fellow students will help define the person they become. When considering your child’s education, consider the following unique approaches from K-12 schools as well as those focused on a child’s early or high school years. Many will be hosting prospective students and their families this month.
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 graduated its first class of high school seniors in May of 2023 and is proud to continue its tradition of academic excellence and cultural enrichment through its college preparatory curriculum.
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 Cahill Camp Corral, a 10-week summer camp that has been voted the #1 summer camp for three years in a row by readers of Gambit Weekly.
Interested families are encouraged to register online at ardencahillacademy.com to attend a weekly tour or attend the Fall Open House on October 24th, 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.
Kehoe-France, with campuses in Metairie and Covington, stands as a beacon for transformative academic journeys. Instilling a lifelong love for learning, leadership, and service, the school welcomes children from eight weeks through 7th grade. At Kehoe-France, students are set on a path to discovery while developing the skills they need to be productive citizens of a global community. Every student engages with a rigorous and balanced curriculum, fostering holistic development and readiness for a connected, innovative world.
As a member of the International Schools Partnership, Kehoe-France is part of a global group of private schools committed to continuous improvement and offering students enriching, beyond-the-classroom learning experiences. To explore the school’s Southshore campus in Metairie, call 504-733-0472 or visit kehoe-france.com. For Kehoe-France Northshore in Covington, call 985-892-4415 or visit kehoe-francens.com.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is the oldest Episcopal school in New Orleans with 66 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.” 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.
What to learn more about St. Andrew’s? Visit on St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Day at the Pumpkin Patch on Thursday, October 19 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Get to know the St. Andrew’s family and interact with administrators, faculty members, staff, parents and students. Enjoy planned, engaging activities for children ranging from 12 months – Grade 8. Registration is required. For more information, visit saesnola.org/admissions/visit-our-campus.
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 call 504-252-4871.
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 high schools, locally, nationally, and abroad. The school’s curriculum adheres.
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.
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, with plans to expand through seventh grade in 2026 and eighth grade in 2027. 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 take what they have learned at JCDS 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. The school’s Fall Open House takes place on Sunday, October 22 at 12 p.m. To learn more or schedule a tour, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 504-887-4091.
De La Salle High School
Located on St. Charles Avenue in the heart of Uptown, De La Salle High School is the only private, Catholic, coeducational high school serving the city of New Orleans for students in 8th – 12th grades. Rooted in the 350-year old Lasallian tradition of the Christian Brothers, De La Salle aims to help students reach their highest personal and academic potential by implementing innovative technology, a collegiate model curriculum, and a multitude of extracurricular activities.
In the classroom, De La Salle offers a wide array of AP and Dual Enrollment classes and boasts a 100% college acceptance rate for its seniors. De La Salle offers 16 varsity sports and over 35 clubs and extracurricular activities.
De La Salle invites you to explore the school by scheduling a private tour of the campus, scheduling a Spend a Day for your child, or visiting our Open House on Tuesday, November 7th. For more information, visit delasallenola.com.
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 fifteen) 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 12 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. RSVP on mcacubs.com.
Resources for Students
NOLA Speech and Language
NOLA Speech and Language provides a personalized, hands-on approach in all areas of pediatric speech and language skills. Lesley Brown has over 15 years of clinical experience as a speech-language pathologist. She and her team help children overcome a range of delays and disorders by addressing speech and language skills. Conveniently located in Mid-City, her practice offers services that include speech-language evaluations and therapy in all areas of pediatric speech and language skills: articulation, oral motor, voice, fluency, language, processing, and reading.
Sessions at NOLA Speech and Language are available before and after school, and sessions are also available on-site in schools and daycares across the metro area. This team of experienced speech-language pathologists collaborate with parents, teachers, and caregivers to stimulate progress from the classroom to the home.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit nolaspeechandlanguage.com or call 504-400-4239. •