New Orleans Schools, Admissions Tours and School Open Houses 

A Guide to Educational Options in New Orleans

New Orleans Schools, Admissions Tours and School Open Houses 

Especially as the world is adjusting to a “new normal,” choosing a school in New Orleans, LA is a BIG decision and not one that comes easily. The normally HUGE decision of navigating the school admissions process in the Greater New Orleans area has become even more of a daunting task with new items to consider such as a school’s plans for safety and COVID-19 related policies. It is our hope that this guide to New Orleans schools and open houses will make it easier for you to navigate open house season, as well as these new waters of education, during and after a pandemic.

We invite you to peruse our listing for a greater New Orleans area school (including Metairie, Kenner and Northshore schools) that meets your family’s needs and priorities. We recommend that you “visit” as many schools as possible at the Open Houses listed below (whether that is virtual or in person) and talk to as many New Orleans parents as you can find.

If you have questions about specific schools or processes, we also encourage you to ask the moms in our neighborhood groups about their thoughts and experiences. Who better to ask about local New Orleans schools than actual moms who have experienced the schools themselves?

Please know that New Orleans Mom recognizes that school choices will be hard this year. We want you to know that whatever you choose for your family we respect you. 

Do you have a little one that is not quite ready for school? You can check out a comprehensive list of New Orleans early childhood options including preschools and mother’s day out programs HERE

Would you like to have your school included? Please email Karen{@}neworleansmom{dot}com.

St. Martin's Episcopal School

Independent Episcopal School in Metairie Louisiana

The St. Martin’s experience is a journey that goes far beyond academics. Founded in 1947 as a coeducational, independent school for students from eight weeks through grade 12, St. Martin’s approach to education equips students with the skills and mindsets necessary to succeed in college and in life. We believe learning is not just about thinking, but about doing; our students are actively engaged in their studies. St. Martin’s is committed to delivering first-rate curriculum and programs, regardless of place or scenario. We adhere to the highest levels of cleanliness, sanitation, health, and safety practices while fulfilling the school’s mission to prepare students to thrive in college and life through Faith, Scholarship, and Service. St. Martin’s provides education for life. St. Martin’s offers both in-person and virtual experiences for your campus visit.

Open House: Saturday, October 23, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Private guided campus tours are taking place with some COVID-19 precautions. Tours are by appointment only. Learn about the many ways you can visit St. Martin’s.

It is the policy of St. Martin’s Episcopal School to administer its educational programs, including admission and tuition assistance, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, national or ethnic origin, or disability.

Trinity Episcopal School

Trinity Episcopal School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students age 15 months through Eighth Grade

Trinity Episcopal School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students age 15 months through Eighth Grade. Trinity’s talented and experienced faculty and staff are committed to educating students in a nurturing environment dedicated to our ideals of Gentle, Generous, Truthful, Kind, and Brave. Trinity’s mission is to build confident, resilient upstanders on a foundation of academic excellence, moral responsibility, and faith who are prepared to make a positive difference in the world.

Open House Dates:

Thursday, October 14, 2021: 15 months – Eighth Grade

Thursday, December 2, 2021: 15 months- Four Years Old

Wednesday, January 12, 2022: 15 months – Eighth Grade 

For Virtual Open Houses please visit :: www.trinitynola.org. Private tours are encouraged! Please email [email protected] to schedule yours today!

St Pauls Episcopal School

St. Paul’s Episcopal School.

St. Paul’s Episcopal School provides excellence in education, fostering strength of intellect and strength of character, in an accelerated learning environment. We recognize the power of play and project-based, experiential learning. Students benefit from fine arts, award-winning math and science programs, competitive athletics and so much more. Families are encouraged to learn more about St. Paul’s Episcopal School. Come visit our beautiful campus, meet faculty and get a feel for student life at St. Paul’s. The Future is Here.

Open House dates will be posted at a later time. Please check our website at www.stpauls-lakeview.org.

Contact the Admissions office for private tours available by appointment. We look forward to meeting you!

Ursuline Academy

All girls Catholic school in New Orleans.

Serving Toddler 1 through 12th grade, Ursuline Academy is proud to have the distinction of being the first all-girls’ Catholic school in the nation. As girls progress through the academy, our highly interactive approach exposes them to increasingly complex concepts in STEM and the arts that go beyond learning the material. Ursuline girls learn to think creatively, articulate their ideas confidently and compassionately, and solve problems collaboratively. We focus on STEM and the arts as equal partners to power this 21st century learning. Starting in early childhood, our Reggio Emilia-inspired approach builds each girl’s confidence, social-emotional resiliency and appreciation of others. Continuing throughout the academy, our all-girls’ environment empowers girls to challenge themselves, explore outside their comfort zones and expand what they are capable of achieving. Students with different backgrounds, beliefs and talents feel part of a sisterhood at Ursuline. They learn from each other, celebrate each other and raise each other up. At Ursuline, girls gain a deeper understanding of themselves and how to be successful in a global society.

Open House Dates:

High School (8th-12th) | November 11, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 pm

St. George’s Episcopal School

St. George’s Episcopal School is built on the idea that everyone learns differently.

St. George’s Episcopal School is built on the idea that everyone learns differently. We challenge and support each child individually to reach his or her personal best in school and in life. Because of our 5-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio, exceptional faculty and family-like atmosphere, students gain confidence and skills to achieve success in academics, social development and emotional well-being. St. George’s is a co-educational, independent school serving approximately 380 students in Nursery through 8th Grade. You have to see StG!

Open House Dates:
October 7 | 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Age 1 – Kindergarten
November 13 | 9 – 11 a.m. | Age 1 – 8th Grade
January 20 | 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Age 1 – 8th Grade
Personal and virtual tours may also be arranged.

Louise S. McGehee School

Private school for girls New Orleans

At McGehee, girls come first. With our focus on leadership and deep learning, McGehee offers students the opportunity to become creative and critical thinkers. Our advanced curriculum, and the deep expertise of our teachers who guide it, along with a student experience empowering girls and young women, make McGehee a truly remarkable place—a school that creates transformation. McGehee is a non-denominational all girls school serving students in PK through 12th grade, as well as children between the ages of 8 weeks old and three years old at Little Gate.

Louise S. McGehee School—Admission Open Houses 2021-2022

PK-12 Open House – October 7 – 8:30-10 am

Little Gate Open House – October 11 – 8:30-10:30 am

PK-12 Virtual Open House – October 13 – 12-1:00 pm

PK-12 Open House – October 21 – 8:30-10 am

MS/US Evening Open House – November 2 – 6-8 pm

PK-12 Open House – November 4 – 8:30-10 am

MS/US Evening Open House – January 12 – 6-8 pm

PK-12 Open House – January 13 – 8:30-10 am

Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orleans

French Immersion NOLA

Ecole Bilingue develops globally literate students through an exemplary bilingual French-American curriculum set in a nurturing and multicultural community. EB offers a strong English Language Arts, American math, and social studies program that complements the French national curriculum, sending our graduates on a path to success at any American or international high school. We guide our students to excel academically, foster their curiosity, and prepare them to become creative and innovative contributors to the world.

Virtual Open House Dates:

November 17 | 5 – 6 p.m. | Ages 18 mos – 8th grade
December 1 | 5 – 6 p.m. | Ages 18 mos – 8th grade
Personal tours available by appointment.

Jewish Community Day School

Jewish Preschool or Dayschool in New Orleans

Jewish Community Day School of Greater New Orleans is a coeducational independent school for students ages two months through 6th Grade. Balancing challenging academics with an enriching Jewish Studies program, a JCDS education is interdisciplinary, project-based, and holistic.  Our small class size and differentiated instruction ensure each child is valued for their individual strengths. Students bring what they’ve learned here beyond the school’s boundaries, too, using their education to fulfill the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. JCDS is a nurturing school where families of all backgrounds are welcomed and children are prepared to be engaged, compassionate leaders.

Fall Open House: Sunday, October 24th at 12:00 pm

To RSVP or schedule a private tour, please email [email protected].

Academy of the Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart of New Orleans

Academy of the Sacred Heart: United in tradition. Defined in spirit.

Faith. Academics. Service. Community. Growth. The 5 goals of Sacred Heart have been the cornerstone of our educational foundation from the day we first opened our doors in 1867. They unite us in tradition. They define us in spirit. Now, we invite you to schedule a Personal Tour to meet teachers, students and learn about the advantages of an all-girls, Sacred Heart education. Come see how our girls are truly inspired to change the world.

Age 1-Grade 12 – Schedule Your Personal Tour Today

Mount Carmel Academy

Catholic School for Girls in New Orleans

The Mount Carmel Academy experience is filled with opportunities for each student to pursue her passions, uncover new talents, grow spiritually, and discover the person God created her to become. Students collaborate with peers, view failures as opportunities for growth, and approach our ever-changing and complex world with an inquisitive mind. Small class sizes (average of 9) ensure an interactive and inclusive learning environment. Students are encouraged to expand their interests as they navigate through more than 50 extracurricular activities and become active participants in the community through our service learning program. Our graduates depart from Mount Carmel Academy with a confidence in themselves and a love for each other. They are well prepared for college and beyond. Explore our campus, meet our students and teachers, and learn more at Open House on October 14 from 2-7:30 p.m.

Metairie Park Country Day

non-religious school New Orleans

Established in 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School is a co-educational, non-denominational, independent school where care and cultivation of each child, from Pre-K through Grade 12, come to life with exciting and innovative approaches to teaching. The use of advanced technology and expansive, rigorous curriculum opens the world to Country Day students, and faculty teaches them the importance of individual achievement through a depth of inquiry rather than a mere recitation of facts.

Discovery Schools

Discovery Schools in Kenner

Discovery Schools are open-enrollment public charter schools in Jefferson Parish serving diverse learners in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Through a strong academic program, health sciences integration, and a robust athletic program, students are able to discover talents, explore opportunities and achieve success. Starting November 1, 2021, Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy is accepting applications for students entering K-12. Dr. John Ochsner Discovery Health Sciences Academy is accepting applications for students entering grades K-7, with a growth plan to expand to 8th grade by 2023. Discovery Schools proudly has 2 new state-of-the-art campuses that are complementary to our innovative curriculum. We invite you to our open houses to explore our beautiful campuses, meet Discovery teachers, see our classrooms, and learn about the Discovery difference!

Open House dates are TBD. 

Stuart Hall School for Boys

All boys school New Orleans

Stuart Hall School for Boys, located in Uptown New Orleans, is the only independent, Catholic all-boys school serving PK3 – seventh grade students in the greater New Orleans area. The mission of Stuart Hall is to live the words of Catholic educator Janet Erskine Stuart, R.S.C.J, “Education is formation, not just information.” Faculty and staff are dedicated to working with parents to help each child build a foundation for a life centered on a love for learning, a desire to help others, and a commitment to Gospel values. Stuart Hall helps develop in each boy a strong faith in God and a lifelong love of learning. Students are intentionally given opportunities to build leadership, confidence, and character. The school is a member of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Independent School Association of the Southwest, National Association of Independent Schools, and Independent Boys’ Schools Coalition.

Private Tours Available by Appointment
Contact Director of Admissions and Enrollment Libby McGinn
at [email protected] or 504.861.1954.

St. Catherine of Sienna

Old Metairie Catholic School

Established in 1926 in the heart of Old Metairie, St. Catherine of Siena School is a Roman Catholic, co-educational school for children in PreK-3 through 7th Grade. The mission of St. Catherine of Siena School centers on the teachings of its namesake who urged — Be who God created you to be and you will set the world on fire. Through a Christ-centered community of faith that fosters academic excellence, SCS strives to recognize individual student needs and talents to fully prepare each child for their future. For over 90 years, St. Catherine of Siena School has nurtured students spiritually, academically, emotionally and physically helping them develop a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.

St. Edward the Confessor School

Metairie Private school Options

Established in 1965, St. Edward the Confessor School in Metairie, Louisiana, is an accredited, traditional Catholic school that focuses on the spiritual formation, academic excellence, and social awareness of each student. The school has a Type I Licensed Pre-K1 and Pre-K2 Day Care program, as well as Pre-K3 through 7th grades, with Before- and After-School Care as an available option. Enriched by state-of-the-art technology, St. Edward curriculum includes Art, Music, and Foreign Language programs as well as Computer and Science labs. Students engage in ACT Aspire readiness and test above national percentile. Students participate in a host of extracurricular clubs, sports, and activities, along with many family- and parish-related events.

St. Edward admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin or handicap and provides all rights, privileges and activities generally accorded or made available to students at its school.

Archbishop Rummel High School

Catholic high school for boys New Orleans

Archbishop Rummel High School has been educating young men who become tomorrow’s leaders for more than fifty-five years. Located in Metairie on more than 22 acres, the school provides young men, grades 8 through 12, with a faith-based Lasallian education while maintaining state-of-the-art facilities. Academically, Archbishop Rummel sets high standards in all its college preparation courses while also encouraging each student to explore his individual interests through a variety of elective course options. Unique to Archbishop Rummel are its pre-professional courses in biomedical sciences, engineering, and law/business studies. These courses give students opportunities to explore professional industries as well as connect and develop relationships with Alumni. “Touching hearts, Teaching Minds, and Cultivating Leaders” is not only Archbishop Rummel’s motto; it is also the foundation by which its faculty, staff, and stakeholders base their decisions and actions. By touching hearts and teaching minds, Archbishop Rummel is cultivating future leaders who will impact the community and beyond for years to come. The school invites prospective students and families to visit its website for updates on events and opportunities for future Raiders!

Events for Future Raiders: https://www.rummelraiders.com/events1.html

Open House: Tuesday, November 9, 2021 6:00 pm

Kehoe-France School

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At Kehoe-France School, children are nurtured in a warm and welcoming environment. With small class sizes in a secure and picturesque environment, our degreed and certified staff encourage our students to explore their curiosities. As an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and candidate for Middle School Programme, Kehoe-France is focused on providing an inquiry-based approach to learning. Our students are actively engaged int heir development, education, and activities. We focus not only on the academic fundamentals but also a child’s physical health and wellness through our expansive athletic programs, exposure to the fine arts through classes and clubs, and a commitment to a service as a school community. Our facilities are newly renovated with more improvements to come. We invite everyone to come tour with us and take those first steps onto the path to success.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

St. Andrew's Episcopal School New Orleans, Uptown

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a co-educational, independent school serving children 12 months through Grade 8.  Founded in 1957, St. Andrew’s is the oldest Episcopal School in New Orleans with 64 years of experience inspiring and educating the mind, body, and spirit of each individual child with a sense of excellence. St. Andrew’s offers ten+ years of nurturing yet challenging education that focuses on Cherishing Childhood, Developing Character and Cultivating Leaders. We strive to teach each child in a manner that builds on his or her individual strengths, interests, and abilities while at the same time fostering teamwork within the greater School community.  Small classes give our teachers the flexibility to customize lessons, connect with student and inspire life-long curiosity. Interested in learning more about St. Andrew’s Episcopal School? Contact us for a private tour to learn more.

Register HERE to Schedule A Private Tour.

St. Mary Magdalen

St. Mary Magdalen School and Early Learning Center are committed to providing students with a quality education steeped in the teachings of Jesus.

St. Mary Magdalen School and Early Learning Center are committed to providing students with a quality education steeped in the teachings of Jesus. The motto of our school “All For Jesus,” is the essence of our philosophy. We offer a challenging yet age appropriate curriculum at all grade levels. STEM integration and 1:1 technology enhance our program. Students attend daily enrichment activities in grades PK3 – 7th, and we offer a wide range of extra-curricular programs.

Little Red Schoolhouse of Metairie

Old Metairie Preschool

Since 1975, The Little Red Schoolhouse of Metairie has provided young children with a nurturing, creative environment to learn, explore and have fun. For decades, our philosophy has been that early childhood should be a time of adventure, warmth, security and discovery. We aim to provide an atmosphere that encourages social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and development. The school partners with DIS.IN.FX to adhere the highest level of cleanliness. We have multiple sanitizing stations though the facility as the health of the children is of upmost importance. Our 10,000 square foot building provides pre-school children with a safe place to grow, learn and become their very best!

Atonement Lutheran School

Lutheran School New Orleans.

Atonement Lutheran School has been providing a strong Christian education in Metairie, Louisiana since 1960. We serve students from PreK3 through 8 th grade. Our goal is to assist families in “bringing up (their) children in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).  Some of our most important values are:  honesty, loyalty, faith, moral and ethical principles, strong work-ethic.  We treat each other with respect, dignity and compassion.  We build each other up and encourage our family members to take responsibility.  We work hard but be sure to find time to play and enjoy each other’s company. When it’s time to work, we will put forth our best effort and support each other. We celebrate the uniqueness and talents of our students and strive meet their individual educational needs. While standardized test scores are not our only way to determine the success of our students, most of our students test 1-2 grade levels above their current grade. Our graduates go on to be successful at many of the most prestigious high schools in the greater New Orleans area.

Morris Jeff Community School

Morris Jeff Community School is an authorized World School of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
Morris Jeff Community School is an authorized World School of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for grades PK-5, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for grades 6-10, and the Diploma Programme (DP) for grades 11-12. Morris Jeff is the only school in Louisiana authorized to offer all 3 IBO Programmes. These IBO Programmes share a common philosophy – a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education that Morris Jeff believes is important for all of our students. IBO provides the curriculum framework behind some of the most rigorous, creative, and successful schools in the world.

Open House Dates TBD

KIPP New Orleans Schools (KNOS)

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Founded in 2005, the mission of KIPP New Orleans Schools (KNOS) is to build academically excellent schools that create unlimited opportunity for all students. KNOS is a high quality, sustainable network of tuition free, open enrollment, college preparatory public charter schools that empowers students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in school and in life. KIPP New Orleans operates 13 schools from PK to 12th grade and serves more than 5,000 students. For nearly 15 years, KNOS has been one of the highest performing open enrollment networks in New Orleans with success in growing students academically.

Isidore Newman School

A Newman education encourages critical and independent thinking, leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, and provides superior guidance and support for high achieving students and families.

Founded in 1903, Isidore Newman School is committed to the intellectual, ethical, emotional, and physical development of each student. Newman offers a challenging, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate curriculum from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, with Green Trees Early Childhood Village enrolling children ages six weeks to four years. A Newman education encourages critical and independent thinking, leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, and provides superior guidance and support for high achieving students and families.

Our Mission: Newman inspires individual growth and academic excellence within an inclusive community committed to strong relationships and high expectations.

Cabrini High School

Cabrini High School

Cabrini High School is rooted in the philosophy of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini who believed that education should be of the mind and the heart. Cabrini students excel in a learning environment that features small class sizes and individualized attention, an experienced, caring, and certified staff, and academic rigor with support for students’ varied abilities. Cabrini develops young women who live the core values of respect, excellence, and service. Experience Cabrini High School’s culture of excellence, explore our treasured traditions, and discover the spirit of sisterhood that connects generations of Cabrini Crescents. Spend the Day as a Crescent, take a Welcome Walk personal tour, and join us for Cabrini Open House!

Open House
Thursday, October 7, 2021
3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Algiers Charter

Schools in Algiers Louisiana

Algiers Charter is a community-based charter network that prepares every student with the knowledge, skills, and values to thrive in college, career, and life.

At Martin Behrman Charter (Pre-K-8th), we integrate the arts to ensure academic, social-emotional, and artistic growth. Behrman’s Pre-K program is rated “Excellent” by the Louisiana Department of Education.

At L.B. Landry High School, students find meaningful opportunities inside and outside the classroom that develop and nurture their unique needs and strengths so they can achieve personal success and reach their full potential. Our scholars receive millions in academic, athletic, and band scholarships each year.

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Catholic Schools New Orleans

Calling all New Orleans Area middle school students! You are invited to attend any and all of the Catholic high school open houses! Whatever you are looking for in a Catholic high school from strong academics to drama clubs to championship athletics, there is an option that is right for you and your family. Parents are encouraged to visit campus with their child to learn more about what each of the 22 Catholic high schools in the New Orleans area is all about. Open houses start the first week in October and run through November 9.

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