The main administrative building of the new early-childhood education building at Isidore Newman School will bear the name of Robert Merrick, CEO of Latter & Blum, after he and his family gave $1 million in support of the school.
InspireNOLA Charter Schools achieved impressive academic results for the 2015-2016 school year at all three of the schools that it operates, continuing its status as the highest performing open-admissions charter network in New Orleans and Louisiana.
InspireNOLA’s two foundation schools, Alice M. Harte Charter School and Edna Karr High School, both achieved A letter grades for the second year in a row. Alice Harte’s school performance score (SPS) rose to a 104.3, with 45% of students scoring mastery or advanced on state assessments – far surpassing the district and state averages of 27% and 33%, respectively.
Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans became the latest Uptown charter school to receive an ‘A’ rating from the state, and Sophie B. Wright rose to a ‘B,’ according to the latest School Performance Scores released late last week.
But three schools in the College Prep network all struggled this year — Cohen fell a grade level from a B to a C, Crocker saw its score fall, and Sylvanie Williams remained at a D.
The New Orleans Jewish Community Center, located at 5342 St. Charles Avenue, will host the annual benefit concert, “Coats For Kids”. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. on November 16 (tonight) and will feature performances by Germaine Bazzle, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and more.
Expanding their footprint in the Carrollton area, officials at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans are considering moving some of their upper grades into the former James Weldon Johnson school on Monroe Street for several years while continuing to work on their long-term home on the Priestley campus.
Holy Name of Jesus School will celebrate its 125 years of Catholic education as the school hosts its 33rd Annual Gator Fest this Friday, November 11, to Sunday, November 13. The three-day fair will feature carnival rides, food, live entertainment by MoJEAUX, talent show, and more.
Woody Koppel was re-elected to the Orleans Parish School Board by a narrow margin Tuesday, along with two other incumbents who will also return to their seats.
With enrollment growing beyond expectations and a possible preschool on the horizon, the International School of Louisiana has requested a third Eastbank campus for the next academic year.
The Lusher Charter School governing board plans to drop its lawsuit over the Orleans Parish School Board’s new school-funding formula for this year, but may revive it if the formula is changed again to create any deeper cuts to the school’s budget in the future.
The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans board met this Monday and praised the school’s athletics program for their first victory in flag football and for 5th grader Chase Duvernay winning a medal in every cross country event this fall sports season — the first student athlete to win a sports medal in the young school’s history.
By Claire Byun
Lusher Charter School officials are gearing up for reaccreditation this week while teachers and students are hoping to premier a new musical in a brand new venue.
InspireNOLA is pleased to present its second annual fundraising gala “Reaching New Heights” on Thursday, October 20, at Alice M. Harte Charter School (5300 Berkley Drive, New Orleans, LA 70131) from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Every year, InspireNOLA honors members of the community for going above and beyond with regards to service for others. The 2016 Inspiration Award honorees are: Andrea Chen, Executive Director of Propeller; Kenneth Polite, U. S. Attorney; Lloyd Dennis, Executive Director of the Silverback Society; Alon Shaya, Executive Chef and Partner of Domenica, Pizza Domenica and Shaya; and Karen Carter Peterson, Louisiana State Senator.
By Claire Byun
A proposed low-barrier homeless shelter marketed as key to reducing the city’s homeless population is already drawing fire from school and community groups.
Tuesday morning I awoke abruptly just before 4 a.m. from a dream. Convinced I was awake for the day, I decided to send a few emails. While clacking out my correspondence in the dead silence of pre-dawn I heard in the not-too-far distance successive gunshots. I thought it was about eight rounds. Maybe it was seven. But does it even matter how many there were? I called 911. They took my location, name, etc. Then I went for a run. And this is normal in New Orleans. At least for now.
After starting classes at its new temporary location on South Carrollton Avenue this fall, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans is already looking for ways to maximize its use of the space as the school continues to grow, officials said this week.
By Claire Byun
Audubon Charter is considering expanding to a third location, but school officials stressed Saturday morning that the expansion is “only an idea” at this point.
When U.S. Secretary of Education John King visited Walter Cohen College Prep High School on Friday afternoon in recognition of its dramatic increase in test scores, former board member Kenneth Polite asked him one of the most difficult questions facing the New Orleans education landscape: Why are the city’s public schools so segregated, and what can make them more diverse?
The former Top Drawer annex building on Magazine Street will become an expansion site for Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans, and the school will hold a meeting tonight to share its plans with neighbors.