Jan 282016
 
Two attendees at Thursday's presentation on the Carrollton Courthouse at Tulane University examine plans and documents produced by architecture students. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two attendees at Thursday’s presentation on the Carrollton Courthouse at Tulane University examine plans and documents produced by architecture students. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Possible futures for the vacant Carrollton Courthouse include a school for building trades, a community gathering place or an event venue, according to a series of visions presented by Tulane architecture students on Thursday evening, but time is running short before the Orleans Parish School Board decides to sell the historic building. Continue reading »

Jan 162016
 

audubon symbolAudubon Charter School plans to explore legal action to fend off what could be major upcoming cuts to its state funding, officials said Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, the French consulate is continuing to pursue efforts to foster the creation of a French-immersion high school in the city, urging partnership between the existing schools toward that goal. Continue reading »

Jan 122016
 

Rachael Levine, a Junior at Lusher Charter High School, has been selected for the 2016 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Rachael, a cellist, will perform during Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary season in February with the Honors Symphony Orchestra. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world. Continue reading »

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Jan 112016
 
A Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof at the former Priestley campus in July 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof at the former Priestley campus in July 2015. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The state education board’s recent recommendation to extend the charter for Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans by an additional seven years will play a crucial role as the young school seeks financing to renovate the former Priestley school in Carrollton for its upper grades, officials said Monday night. Continue reading »

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Jan 112016
 
Former Our Lady of Good Counsel School has been proposed to be renovated into a 22-unit apartment building. (photo via City Planning Commission)

Former Our Lady of Good Counsel School has been proposed to be renovated into a 22-unit apartment building. (photo via City Planning Commission)

City Planning officials are set to discuss the proposal of an apartment building located at the former Our Lady of Good Counsel School at a City Planning Commission meeting Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

Dec 122015
 

audubon symbolShould the schools under the control of the Orleans Parish School Board be funded more like those in the Recovery School District, or more like those in other parishes across the rest of the state?

That’s the question Audubon Charter School officials hope the public will consider as a proposed redistribution of state education money could cut as much as $750,000 from its budget, as well as that of other Orleans Parish schools.

“What we want is for OPSB schools to have the same funding formula as every other district in the state,” said Alisa Dupre, operations manager at Audubon Charter School. “We should not be the exception to the rule.” Continue reading »

Dec 102015
 
6th through 8th grade students of the International School of Louisiana will be moved to occupy the John Dibert school building on Orleans Avenue due to campus renovations. (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

6th through 8th grade students of the International School of Louisiana will be moved to occupy the John Dibert school building on Orleans Avenue due to campus renovations. (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

Upcoming renovations to the International School of Louisiana’s Camp Street building will require the school to move its middle-school grades to the John Dibert school building on Orleans Avenue — starting in January, officials announced this week, prompting concerns from parents about transportation between the two sites. Continue reading »

Dec 072015
 
(via New Orleans Ballet Association)

(via New Orleans Ballet Association)

The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) will host two youth holiday performances in Uptown this week. The events will feature students ages 6 to 18 performing dances learned throughout the semester, as well as excerpts from The Nutcracker Suite danced by pre-professional students of the nationally award-winning NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance.

Additionally, NOBA invites students ages 6 to 18 to register for free after-school dance classes for the spring semester.  Continue reading »

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Dec 032015
 
An undated photograph of the original Walter L. Cohen High School building was featured in a documentary video on YouTube about the school's alumni.  (via wlcohenalumniassoc.org)

An undated photograph of the original Walter L. Cohen High School building was featured in a documentary video on YouTube about the school’s alumni. (via wlcohenalumniassoc.org)

The new campus of Walter L. Cohen High School may be built on the school’s original site, closer to the Amelia Street side of the property than the current building along Delachaise Street and in a smaller building than other new high schools, according to early ideas being floated by the school’s operator. Continue reading »

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Lusher Charter School hosts open house for lower school, middle and high school

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Nov 182015
 
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Lusher Charter School will host open house sessions this Thursday, Nov. 19, and Friday, Nov. 20, at the Lusher Fortier Campus and the Middle School Campus, respectively. Applications for Lusher Charter School’s next school year are due by Jan. 8. Continue reading »

Nov 132015
 
The Walter L. Cohen High School marching band performs during the Krewe of Mid-CIty parade in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Walter L. Cohen High School marching band performs during the Krewe of Mid-City parade in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The former Walter L. Cohen High School — which only a few years ago was a bottom-barrel F-rated school labeled one of the most dangerous in America — is on the precipice of scoring a B rating, officials with New Orleans College Prep charter organization said Thursday, a crucial step towards alumni goal of restoring it to the glory of decades past.

But Sylvanie Williams elementary, the same organization’s first charter school, saw its scores slip again last year as state charter-renewal deadlines loom ever closer. Continue reading »

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Nov 132015
 

St. Katharine Drexel Prep will host Prep Fest on Magazine this Saturday as part of their 100-year celebration. The fest will feature dance performances, musical performances, local cuisine and art, and games for children. Continue reading »

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Nov 122015
 

The MAX (St. Mary’s Academy, St. Augustine High School, and Xavier University Preparatory, now St. Katharine Drexel Prep) will unite for a joint mixer this Thursday, Nov. 12, followed by St. Katharine’s centennial homecoming celebration, Nov. 16-21. The homecoming theme is “Masquerade on Magazine”, and all listed events are free to the public. Continue reading »

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Nov 092015
 
The Allen School building on Loyola Avenue, currently used by Sci High. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The Allen School building on Loyola Avenue, currently used by Sci High. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Less than two months ago, the New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School had all but given up on their years-long quest to find a home in the city’s burgeoning downtown biomedical district, citing exorbitant costs there.

On Monday night, however, Orleans Parish School Board Superintendent Henderson Lewis announced that he has taken up the cause, and is in talks over a parcel downtown to build a campus modeled after a similar nationally-ranked school for health science in Houston. Continue reading »

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Nov 082015
 

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OPSB Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr., PhD, and District 5 School Board member Seth Bloom will host a town hall meeting for the parents, teachers, administrators and community members of District 5 on Monday, Nov. 9.

The meeting is for community members to give input on student achievement, governance, organization structure, community & public relations, and operations & finance.
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Nov 062015
 

Breakthrough New Orleans (BTNOLA) will host a cocktail reception this Saturday, Nov. 7, to celebrate and honor special guests and alumni. Previously known as Summerbridge New Orleans, BTNOLA prepares middle school children for challenging academic experiences and works to inspire high school and college students to be advocates for education. Continue reading »

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