Mar 092015
 

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans campus on Patton Street.

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans campus on Patton Street.

Under a new mandate from the state education board, a number of charter schools are expected to begin providing daily transportation for the majority of their students by 2018 — a piece of the public-education puzzle that has largely been left up to individual schools in New Orleans over the past decade, with wildly varying results.

At one of the schools that will be affected, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans, school leaders said Monday night that they were already planning a pilot program to provide buses to one target neighborhood, and now anticipate phasing in other neighborhoods over the next three years. Continue reading »

Feb 212015
 
Workers continue construction at the Audubon Charter School Broadway campus on Saturday, Feb. 21. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Workers continue construction at the Audubon Charter School Broadway campus on Saturday, Feb. 21. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School is on track to return to its Broadway Street campus for the coming school year, school officials say, though they are still awaiting an exact timetable to receive the building and remain concerned about issues with the Milan Street campus. Continue reading »

Feb 062015
 
(Source: Enrollment figures provided by individual schools to Uptown Messenger)

(Source: Enrollment figures provided by individual schools to Uptown Messenger)

Earlier this week, the French consul general — his government’s top representative in New Orleans — announced that he has been actively exploring options to advance the creation of a French high school in the city.

The French flag flies between the American and Louisiana flags outside the front door of Ecole Bilingue. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The French flag flies between the American and Louisiana flags outside the front door of Ecole Bilingue. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Officials at a number of elementary schools that offer French immersion programs have long discussed such an idea, but one of the fundamental concerns has always been the same: that there are not enough students fluent in French to justify a high school.

A review this week of the enrollment at area French immersion programs, however, suggests that may be changing. Continue reading »

Feb 022015
 
Lycee Francais board chair Alysson Mills speaks while Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France in New Orleans, listens on. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lycee Francais board chair Alysson Mills speaks while Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France in New Orleans, listens on. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The top representative of the French government in New Orleans said he is actively researching the best option toward the creation of a new high school in the city aligned with his country’s educational program. Continue reading »

Jan 292015
 
Josh Densen of Bricolage Academy speaks at an open house at the Touro Synagogue campus on Jan. 29. Bricolage is moving out of Touro this year, and Cypress Academy is moving in. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Josh Densen of Bricolage Academy speaks at an open house at the Touro Synagogue campus on Jan. 29. Bricolage is moving out of Touro this year, and Cypress Academy is moving in. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Bricolage Academy, an Orleans Parish charter school that opened two years ago, will move out of Touro Synagogue on St. Charles Avenue next year and into Mid-City, while Cypress Academy — one of the newest OPSB charter schools — will open next year in the Touro space. Continue reading »

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Jan 212015
 
Andrew H. Wilson Charter School principal Logan Crowe speaks to more than 100 people gathered at the school Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Andrew H. Wilson Charter School principal speaks to more than 100 people gathered at the school Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The impending loss of the charter at Andrew H. Wilson charter school in Broadmoor — one of New Orleans’ most deeply established and celebrated charter schools, but also one of the city’s lowest ranked campuses in state scores — has parents in the community deeply upset.

The school’s strengths, they said at a heated public meeting Tuesday night, run far deeper than superficial and unfairly-calculated test scores show, and they fear that the individualized care they are used to their children receiving will give way to a cookie-cutter approach if a larger operator takes over. Continue reading »

Nov 152014
 

The boundaries of the school district for kindergarten admission to Lusher Charter school. (UptownMessenger.com)

The boundaries of the school district for kindergarten admission to Lusher Charter school. (UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School will continue to give admissions preference to incoming kindergarten students whose families live in a small district around the elementary school next year, officials announced Saturday amid concerns from some parents that that path into the school is soon to end.

“Nothing is changing as far as the process we’re going through for this year,” said school CEO Kathy Riedlinger. Continue reading »