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Lafayette Academy Pre-K students

Lafayette Academy graduated its first class of kindergarten students Tuesday from Dunbar Elementary, which reopened in Hollygrove last year 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.

For details, see the news release from the Choice Foundation below:

With two graduations down, Choice Foundation has six more ceremonies to go for their classes of 2016.

Through tenacity, hard work and dedication, more than 460 Choice Foundation students will be graduating from pre-K, Kindergarten, and 8th Grade this year.

On Tuesday, May 10th, Lafayette Academy Charter School held the first round of graduation ceremonies for Choice Foundation for 40 pre-K students and 73 Kindergarten students (pictured here) at Dunbar Elementary School – a soon to be Choice Foundation Charter School.

“All of these students worked so hard to get to this point, and we are confident they will move on to accomplish great things”, says Mickey Landry, CEO of Choice Foundation. “I am so proud of each and every one of them!”

On Thursday, May 12th starting at 9am and 12pm, McDonogh #42 Elementary Charter School will host its pre-K and Kindergarten graduation ceremonies at the school, located at 1651 North Tonti Street. 40 pre-K students and 55 Kindergartners, who have been practicing their performances for months, will take a step up in their educational careers and graduate onto the next grade level.

The next and final phase of graduation ceremonies for Choice Foundation will take place at UNO on Friday, May 13th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with 104 8th grade students graduating from Lafayette Academy Charter School and moving on to conquer high school at various institutions. Esperanza Charter School will have 55 Kindergarteners and 8th graders taking stage for much anticipated graduation ceremonies taking place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. Finally, to close out the day, 46 McDonogh #42 8th graders will walk across the stage at 3 p.m. and become official high school students. Of these remarkably talented students, Mc42 is excited to know that one in particular will be attending NOCCA on a full art scholarship.

“It’s incredible how much these children have grown into young men and women”, says a tearful Leslie Williams, the Head of School for McDonogh #42. “Here, at Choice Foundation, we put everything we can into these students. And, to know they will be embarking on this new journey full of knowledge and skills we provided makes me overjoyed.”

Choice Foundation welcomes all students into their open enrollment schools, and focuses on aligning every resource, every teacher, and every activity with rigorous educational standards. To learn more about Choice Foundation, visit

Lafayette Academy Kindergarteners at Graduation

Lafayette Academy Kindergarteners at Graduation

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A father and his sons at Lafayette Academy’s Pre-K Graduation

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