Disclosure :: We would like to thank all of the New Orleans schools that chose to sponsor the 2016-2017 Guide to Greater New Orleans Schools & Open Houses. We hope that this guide is a helpful resource to all parents shopping the greater New Orleans area for schools this fall and spring.
Guide to Greater New Orleans Schools and Open Houses 2016/2017
Whether you choose private, public, religious or otherwise – choosing a school is a huge challenge. The challenges are multiplied as we live in a city that is that has such a variety of educational choices and issues. We invite you to peruse our listing for a school that meets your families needs and priorities and to visit them at the Open Houses listed below. If you have questions about specific schools we also encourage you to ask the moms in our neighborhood groups about their thoughts and experiences. Who better to ask about local schools than actual moms who have experienced the schools themselves?
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela.
Good luck and happy New Orleans school shopping!
Trinity is a Prekindergarten through Eighth Grade coeducational school located in the Garden District. Trinity offers a curriculum that applies the latest and best educational practices, fostering the intellectual, spiritual, moral, and physical development of our students within a creative and nurturing learning environment.
Open House Dates :: Thursday, October 13th, Friday, November 4th and Wednesday, January 18th. All events start at 9:00 am.
Contact :: (504) 525.8661 | Admission Information
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. Our uses of advanced technology and our expansive, rigorous curriculum open the world to our students. Our outstanding faculty holds our students to high standards while teaching the importance of individual achievement through depth of inquiry rather than mere recitation of facts. The Country Day tradition of developing an aesthetic sensibility in students is reflected not only in our beautiful 14-acre campus, but also in the rich and varied performing and visual arts program that has been a hallmark of our School. Our insistence on intellectual virtues and ethical leadership is woven throughout the daily lives of the diverse individuals that build our community.
Open House Dates :: Pre-K | Wednesday, October 19th at 6:30 pm
K-Grade 5 | Thursday, January 12th at 8:30 am
Grades 6-12 | Wednesday, November 16th at 6:30 pm and Thursday, January 19th at 8:15 am
Metairie Park Country Day School’s state-of-the-art Early Childhood Center is located on Country Day’s campus in the heart of Old Metairie. It is a place where children from six weeks to four years blossom and where attachments are formed that continue from one year to the next. Our program is flexible and enrollment options range from two days a week to five days a week, with part-time or full-time availability. Extended-care is also available for parents who need more flexibility. Please contact us for a private tour or attend our Open House.
Open House (ages 6 weeks – 4 years) :: Friday, October 28th at 8:30 am
Contact :: (504) 831-4523 | Admission Information
Successful girls possess a combination of self-esteem, resilience and grit. McGehee goes the extra mile in teaching girls critical skills for the 21st century. Small by design, McGehee provides a nurturing and challenging environment and builds collaborative relationships between students and faculty. Providing excellence in education since 1912, Louise S. McGehee School is an all-girls college preparatory school grades Pre-K – 12th. Our mission focuses on the individual and fosters a lifelong love of learning. Rigorous academics, competitive athletics, honor, service and leadership are at the core of McGehee. Headmistress for 19 years, Eileen Powers, values tradition as well as innovation. Our revered honor code serves as a moral compass, setting McGehee girls apart. Through the Online School for Girls, we offer a wider range of AP and elective courses. Our students are admitted to top colleges and universities across the country.
Open House Dates :: October 13th and 20th, November 3rd, January 12th and 26th from 8:30 to 10:00 am.
McGehee’s Little Gate is a coeducational early childhood program that provides a Reggio Emilia inspired environment, with the child as the protagonist, collaborator and communicator; the environment at Little Gate serves as the third teacher and the design of the classrooms and space is focused to encourage encounters, interest and relationships; the teachers are the researchers and offer not only their expertise but continuous dialogue and discussion of the work of the children with the children; the children’s learning process is documented to share with parents; and at Little Gate the parent is partner. Our parents participate and play an active role in their children’s learning experience.
Open House Date :: November 9th at 8:30 am
Contact :: : (504) 523-9911 | Admission Information
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is the oldest Episcopal school in New Orleans with 59 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.
Come visit our campus at an upcoming Open House on November 3, December 1, or January 12 at 8:00 am.
Contact :: (504) 866-6553 | Admission Information
Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orleans is the only private French school in New Orleans that is accredited by the French Ministry of Education and State of Louisiana providing multilingual education for 18-month-old students through eighth grade. Since its founding in 1998, Ecole Bilingue’s mission has been to provide a strong and distinctive bilingual education for children in New Orleans by combining the best of French and American academics. 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 Date :: October 20 at 4:30 pm
Contact :: (504) 896-4500 | Admission Information
Celebrating over 50 years of Raider Pride, Archbishop Rummel High School continues to prosper. Principal Marc Milano ‘90 leads a staff of 62 lay faculty members and school chaplain, Fr. Kurt Young ’05. The school’s commitment to excellence is evidenced by the addition of three pre-professional courses. Engineering, BioMedical Studies and Law Studies programs are four-year courses that move the classroom beyond the four walls and into the real world environment. Extracurricular activities abound at Archbishop Rummel and are provided to appeal to the interests and needs of the student body. Organizations and clubs include participation in academic activities, athletic events, fine arts, literary work and Lasallian service projects. Archbishop Rummel High School has also expanded its student service program. In 2015-2016, students in all grade levels volunteered more than 23,000 hours at over 55 different service partners across the metropolitan area. Archbishop Rummel’s Open House is scheduled for November 3 at 6 p.m. in the Raider Gym. Located in the heart of Metairie, Archbishop Rummel High School invites all prospective students and their families to experience Raider Pride at its finest. Open House gives prospective applicants and their parents a look into the school’s individualized academic curriculums and many extracurricular programs.
Open House Date :: November 3rd at 6:30 pm
Spend-a-Days: October & November (Select Days)
Academic Night: October 24th
Contact :: (504) 834-5592 | Admission Information
For a strong primary education combined with the unique qualities of an outdoor country environment, check out Arden Cahill Academy, which is nestled on a 12-acre tract of land along Bayou Fatma in Gretna. Not only does the campus provide state of the art classroom learning facilities, but two vegetable gardens, a horseback riding arena, stables and petting farm help the school provide unique learning experiences outside of the traditional classroom environment. Arden Cahill Academy focuses on cultural enrichment as one part of its primary education and tradition of academic excellence. Their 300-seat theater, art studios, music rooms and foreign language programs ensure students’ abilities to excel in the arts, while a football field, competition pool, gymnasium and extra-curricular athletics allow students to excel in physical competition as well. To provide family-friendly support services, Arden Cahill Academy offers before and after school care and a specialized Infant Center which accepts children as young as 6 weeks. Additionally, during summer months, they offer Camp Corral, a 10-week summer camp program with academic enrichment classes.
Open House Date :: November 15th at 9:00 am
Isidore Newman School invites prospective parents to visit our campus and learn about our enriching early childhood – 12 curriculum. Open houses are an ideal way to explore Newman’s excellent academic, artistic, and athletic programs and to ask questions of our Admission Office. Founded in 1903, Isidore Newman School is a co-educational independent school that serves high achieving and highly motivated students from early childhood through 12th grade. With a current enrollment of over 1,000 students, Newman is the only co-educational, non-sectarian, independent day school in the city of New Orleans. The school enjoys a national reputation for excellence and achievement in academics, athletics, and the arts, with its students matriculating to the most selective colleges and universities in the country. At Newman, strong relationships and high expectations provide the foundation for teaching and learning.
Open House Dates :: Green Trees Early Childhood Village | September 10th, October 22nd, November 19th
Pre-K | September 29th, October 14th, October 27th, November 3rd and December 7th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Lower School | October 19th from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm
Middle & Upper School | November 17 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm and January 11th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Contact :: (504) 896-6323 | Admission Information
In 1984, William Gallop saw the need for an elementary Catholic boys school in New Orleans and decided to turn a dream into reality by founding Stuart Hall School for Boys. During Gallop’s tenure, he oversaw the school’s establishment of a permanent campus on Carrollton Avenue and the addition of a middle school as the student body grew both in numbers and maturity. Shortly after, Stuart Hall embarked on an expansion and continued to increase enrollment under the guidance of the school’s second headmaster, Kevin Avin. Now in its 32nd year, 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.
Open House Dates :: Middle School (grades 5-7) | October 4 at 6:30 pm
Preschool (grades PK3-K) and Lower School (grades 1-4) | October 26 at 8:30 am
Contact :: (504) 861-5384 | Admission Information
Brother Martin High School, located at 4401 Elysian Fields Avenue in the Gentilly/Lakefront section of New Orleans, is operated by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. Educating young men in grades 8 through 12, Brother Martin challenges its students to define their lives with courage and confidence. Brother Martin is committed to holistic education with a focus on personal attention, academic excellence, friendly discipline, and strong faith formation. A District 9-5A school, Brother Martin offers a full range of athletic teams and club sports at the 8th, 9th, junior varsity and varsity levels. Students can choose from over 80 academic, athletic, and service extracurricular activities. Permeated with the tradition of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, Brother Martin offers young men the opportunity to make positive contributions to their world. To quote our namesake, Brother Martin Hernandez, S.C., (1904 -1991), “We are not here to teach boys how to make a living but how to make a life.”
Information Nights :: Monday, September 12, 2016 and Tuesday, October 11, 2016 all at 6:30 pm
Crusader Discovery Night :: Friday, September 16, 2016 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Open House Date :: Thursday, November 10, 2016, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Click HERE to learn more about School Day Tours (RSVP Required)
Contact :: (504) 283-1561 | Admission Information
Come visit the JCC Nursery School! We invite you to attend an Open House or Tuesday morning tour. As you tour the facility, see our teachers in action and watch our curriculum come to life, you’ll understand all of the things that set our nursery school apart and make it so very special! The JCC aims to teach the “whole child” by directly engaging youngsters in a full range of physical, emotional, social and cognitive experiences. This approach recognizes that children are always learning, and that learning proceeds best when teachers follow developmentally appropriate practices. That means working closely with individual students, seeking to tap the natural curiosity and energy that abounds in every child.
Open House Date :: January 10 at 9:30 am
Weekly tours are also available Tuesdays at 9:00 am
Contact :: (504) 897-0143 | Admission Information
Located in the heart of Metairie, St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a coeducational, independent college preparatory school for students from eight weeks through grade 12. Join us for an upcoming open house on Saturday, October 15, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tour the tree-lined, 18-acre campus; see the new expansion of George Cottage, St. Martin’s early childhood program; and visit the newly opened Gibbs Family Center for Innovation + Design.
Open House Dates :: October 15th from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. All School (8 weeks through grade 12)
January 20th from 8:30 am to 10 am. For George Cottage, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten
March 23rd from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. All school (8 weeks through grade 12)
Contact :: (504) 736-9917 | Admission Information
Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) is the Jewish day school of Greater New Orleans. Our mission is to instill a love of learning, invigorated by academic excellence. JCDS is proud to be a part of the national Jewish day school network where ethical and moral values enrich cultural and academic student life. JCDS students are challenged to achieve in science, math, literature, writing, and social studies/civics, as well as Hebrew language and Jewish Studies. JCDS also offers technology and library, art, music, and physical education. Our Kosher Kitchen provides daily, healthy lunches. JCDS is a nurturing school where families of all backgrounds are welcomed, and children are prepared to be engaged, compassionate leaders of their communities locally, nationally, and globally.
Open House Dates :: Friday, October 7th at 9:30am and Tuesday, November 15th at 6:00pm
Contact :: (504)887-4091 | Admission Information
St. George’s Episcopal School is a private, co-ed, independent school for students from preschool (ages 1-3) through eighth grade and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Established in 1969, St. George’s holds a unique position in the community based on its concept of “individualized education,” which builds upon the distinct talents and learning styles of each individual student. St. George’s has the lowest student-to-teacher ratio (5:1) of any school in the area. Its small size and abundance of enrichment programs enable faculty, students and parents to work together using a proven model of educating each child to his or her fullest potential. Students gain the confidence needed to achieve success in academics, social development and emotional well-being. The historic campus is conveniently located uptown on Napoleon Avenue and boasts a newly expanded preschool facility along with state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, gymnasium, play yards and Makers Spaces.
Open House Date :: Preschool and Pre-K ONLY | October 26th from 9 am – 11 am
Open House Dates :: For ALL grade levels | November 3rd and 10th, January 12th and 26th from 9 am to 1 pm (Please note that all preschool tours end at 11 am)
Private tours can also be arranged.
Contact :: (504) 891-5509 | Admission Information
Open House Date :: November 10th 2016 at 6:00pm
Contact :: (504)467-3105 | Admission Information
Established in 1891, Holy Name of Jesus School is located in the Uptown area of New Orleans, adjacent to Loyola and Tulane Universities. Serving the Greater New Orleans area, the educational philosophy of Holy Name of Jesus School is centered on the belief that faith development is integral to our mission and success. The traditions and charisms of the Jesuit Fathers and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, under whose guidance the school has flourished for over 100 years, continue to guide our mission of educating the whole child, both academically and spiritually.
Open House Date :: January 12th from 4:30-7:00 PM
Contact :: (504)-861-1466 | Admission Information
Holy Cross School’s mission is to educate the whole man. Since 1849, they have accomplished this mission through a time-tested mix of a challenging, yet caring, academic regimen, supplemented by an extensive athletic program for primary, middle and high school students. Answering the call of Father Basile Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, they aim to educate mind and heart, body and soul, with an emphasis on creating a caring and “family” atmosphere. Holy Cross offers a continually growing “technology-infused” curriculum. The Middle/High School campus is outfitted with two computer labs to complement the one-to-one laptop program in grades 5-12. Holy Cross offers an impressive array of extracurricular activities, including the only sequential music program for young men in grades 5-12.
Open House Date :: For Grades 5th-12th :: November 2nd, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Contact :: (504)942-3100 | Admission Information
The Primary School – grades PreK – 4, is a project-inspired school, promoting imagination, creativity, exploration, and discovery. The curriculum includes core subjects with a strong emphasis on STEM instruction. Religion and physical education is part of the daily schedule and students are offered music, art, library, and foreign language.
Primary School Open House :: January 17th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Contact :: (504)942-3100 | Admission Information
Thinking about a Sacred Heart education? Every Fall, we open our hearts, minds and doors to the Greater New Orleans community and host Open Houses to our future Sacred Heart families. We cordially invite you to come see in person how our girls are inspired to make change in the world. If you can’t make it to one of our Open Houses, we invite you to contact us for a Personal Tour at your convenience. If your daughter already has a friend who attends Sacred Heart, we’ll be happy to pair them up for a few hours to spend “a day in the life” of a Sacred Heart girl.
Open House Dates :: Grades 5-12 | October 19th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Rosary Campus)
Ages 1 – Grade 4 | November 2nd from 5:00 pm -7:00 pm (Mater Campus)
Tuesday Tours: October 11th and 25th, November 8th and January 10th from 8:30 am-11:00 am (Mater Campus)
Personal tours also available.
Contact :: (504) 269-1213 | Admission Information
Kehoe-France Schools are independent, non-denominational, co-educational elementary day schools open to children 8 weeks old thru 7th grade. The preschool creates an environment that is developmentally appropriate. To implement our motto of “God, Country, and Discpline,” we strive to develop our students socially, physically and intellectually. Audio visual materials enhance all aspects of the curriculum. Kehoe-France faculty members are all Louisiana certified teachers with the experience and knowledge necessary to prepare our students for the ever changing and competitive world. Kehoe-France is accredited by Advanced Ed, NIPSA and the state of Louisiana.
Open House Dates :: October 5th, November 2nd, December 7th, January 11th, February 8th, March 15th, April 12th and May 17th.
Contact :: Metairie (504) 733-0472 | Covington (985) 892-4415 | Admission Information
Mid-City Early Learning Center is conveniently located near the corner of Canal Street and Carrollton Avenue. Our newly renovated facility provides quality, affordable childcare from 6 weeks to 3 years of age. Our program carries out the mission of the adjacent Canal Street Church: A Mosaic Community by creating an environment where young children are highly valued, individuality is celebrated, and faith and relationships are fostered. Schedule a tour to meet our teachers, learn about our curriculum, and view our new classrooms and playground. Monthly Open Houses and Family Events will be offered; please contact us for dates and information!
Open House Dates :: Thursday, November 3rd from 6:30-7:30pm.
To tour any other time or for questions contact Stephanie Vied, Director.
Contact :: (504)482-1135 | Admission Information
The 2016 School Fair, hosted by The Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital, is a FREE, informational open house for parents interested in learning about area schools and finding the right kindergarten or pre-kindergarten program for their young children. Over 25 public, private, charter, and parochial schools will share information important to parents who are selecting programs for their young children such as: curriculum/educational philosophy, extracurricular opportunities, additional services for children and families, and admissions. Children’s Special Health Services and Families Helping Families will also be in attendance to talk to families of children with special needs about resources available and working with schools.
The School Fair, hosted by The Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital, is Monday, October 17th, 2015, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the Children’s Hospital Auditorium, located at 200 Henry Clay Ave., New Orleans.
Contact :: (504) 896-9591 | www.theparentingcenter.net
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