The International School of Louisiana will hold its September monthly board meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 26) at its new Jefferson Parish campus, 822 S. Clearview in Metairie.
Meanwhile, the school’s governing board continues to discuss where to put solar panels on its Camp Street campus, and where to find additional space for the overflow of upper-grade students expected there in the 2013-14 school year.
The governing board of the International School of Louisiana will meet at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, May 2) at its Westbank campus, 502 Olivier Street, for its monthly meeting. Among the discussion topics will be the status of the Camp Street building, progress on the Jefferson Parish expansion and the installation of modular buildings at the Algiers site.
The International School of Louisiana will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Monday, April 16) to decide on whether to lease or purchase modular classrooms for its Camp Street or Olivier Street campuses for the coming school year, officials announced.
Rather than moving into one of the campuses entangled in a protracted school-closing process, the International School of Louisiana may launch its Jefferson Parish expansion in an administrative building in Metairie for the first year, officials said.
When Treme star Wendell Pierce is pouring drinks this weekend as celebrity bartender for the International School of Louisiana’s 8th Annual Refrigerator Art Auction patron party, it won’t be the first collaboration between the civic-minded actor and the quickly-growing school — nor is it likely to be the last.
Pierce, who is spearheading the redevelopment of the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood where he grew up, first became acquainted with ISL through neighboring families with children at the school, he said. As he began researching charter schools that might be a good fit for the neighborhood, ISL’s history of success since several years before Hurricane Katrina stood out.
“They have a record that’s pretty admirable,” Pierce said in a telephone interview this week. “I love the idea of foreign-language immersion. I wish that it was something I had done when I was a kid.”
But amid so much growth, the prospect of a second attempt to take over a failing New Orleans school in 2013 provoked rare dissension within the International School’s governing board.
The International School of Louisiana hopes to hire a principal for the new school it will be opening this fall in Jefferson Parish as quickly as possible, and may add more upper-grade classes to its Algiers campus to accommodate an influx of new families, school leaders said Wednesday.
“We have a lot of moving parts over the coming weeks and months,” said ISL Head of Schools Sean Wilson.
The International School of Louisiana found out Wednesday that its application to take over a failing New Orleans school is likely to be turned down, but the school is continuing to pursue three other opportunities to expand to new campuses.
“Knowing French, knowing any other language, it opens up the world,” a mother who grew up speaking Spanish told The Associated Press about her son’s education at the International School of Louisiana. “It will make my son more interested in the world and make him more relevant in the world. He will be able to do anything he wants to do.”
Louisiana now offers 29 French-immersion programs across the state, the article states — including two other public charter schools in Uptown New Orleans, Audubon Charter and Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans, and the private Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans. The article has been on the websites of 172 news sources across the country since its publication yesterday, including the sites of major newspapers in cities such as Boston, Atlanta and St. Louis.
Walter L. Cohen High School is slated to be gradually taken over by NOLA College Prep over the next two years, one of nine struggling Recovery School District campuses around the city to be placed under control of a new charter operator, officials said this week. No other Uptown school was included in the list, but the announcement casts the challenges that Sojourner Truth Academy faces this year into sharp relief.
The International School of Louisiana is now in the process of applying for up to four new campuses — each under slightly different circumstances — and could receive final decisions on each of them by as soon as December, officials said Wednesday night.
Both campuses of Lusher Charter School, “Baby Ben” Franklin Elementary and the International School of Louisiana’s Camp Street campus are all newly slated for renovations under the latest plan to spend the remainder of a $2 billion FEMA payout for school repairs, and Johnson Elementary will have a renewed shot at moving to the Priestly site.
A majority of Uptown public schools continued the improvement that has characterized New Orleans schools in recent years, with Lusher and Audubon charter schools both earning “A” grades and New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School improving its score by more than 30 percent.
Uptown New Orleans has a relatively strong selection of campuses deemed “honor roll” schools by the state, those earning an A or B based on 2011 school performance scores released Wednesday. The lower-performing schools fall roughly into two categories: one group striving upward at varying rates, and similar-sized group continuing to struggle.
Applying to some of the highest-performing charter schools in New Orleans will be a little easier for parents this year, now that 10 schools will be using the same application forms and admission dates.
Seeking to shed its image as a boutique language school and become a driving force in New Orleans education reform, the board of the International School of Louisiana voted unanimously Wednesday to apply to take over one of the city’s most troubled schools next fall.
“It’s a challenge that I think it’s time we step up to,” said ISL board president Andrew Yon.
The ISL board met Wednesday night for the first time in its new campus in Algiers, which had its first day of school on Monday. The board has long seen the Westbank expansion as only a first step, however, to a more ambitious goal of educating a broad swath of the city’s children in a network of high-performing schools.