The Ultimate Guide To the Best Private Schools In New Orleans

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Picking the right school for your child is confusing and a long process!

Open houses, tours, browsing endless websites to find the right private and/or parochial school that will give your child a life-changing K-12 education full of experiences and challenging art, academic, and athletic programs.

From all-girls schools to all-boys schools to independent day schools, our list of private schools in New Orleans was created to help you find navigate finding the right school for your child.

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Academy of the Sacred Heart

4521 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana; (504) 891-1943

The Academy of the Sacred Heart is New Orleans' only Catholic, independent school for girls from age 1 through grade 12.

Founded in 1867 and affectionately known as the Rosary, the school has a long history rooted in the spiritual charism of the Society of the Sacred Heart, whose mission is “to discover and make known the love of God through the heart of Jesus.”

This purpose is carried out across the global Sacred Heart network in more than 150 schools in 41 countries. In the pursuit of their shared mission, all Sacred Heart schools are united by the Goals and Criteria of a Sacred Heart education and a rich legacy of educating girls to change the world.

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.

Learn how our girls are prepared to change the world. To learn more about Sacred Heart, visit our website, attend an Admission Event or schedule an In-Person or Virtual Tour.

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“…The term “school” seems almost a disservice to describe this amazing institution. My daughter is learning and growing academically, socially, and spiritually every day in the most rewarding and fulfilling way. Sacred Heart is truly providing her the foundation, structure, guidance, and education that Christian and I were hoping for. As such, she will have all of the tools she needs to become the best version of herself with a strong faith in and love for God…”  – Kimberly Speed Rooney, parent of Kindergarten student

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Ursuline Academy

2635 State Street, New Orleans, Louisiana; 504-866-5292

Ursuline Academy is an all-girls Catholic school offering a diverse educational environment from Toddler 1 through 12th grade. Founded in 1727, Ursuline Academy of New Orleans enjoys the distinction of being the first all-girls' Catholic school in the United States. As girls progress through the academy, a highly interactive approach exposes them to increasingly complex STEM concepts and the arts that go beyond learning the material.

The academy offers an extensive curriculum, including rigorous academic coursework, and incorporates honors, accelerated, dual enrollment, and Advanced Placement offerings for students. A comprehensive and diverse curriculum provides every Ursuline student with the opportunity to develop her unique skills and talents. The fine arts program includes theater, drama, choral music, orchestra, piano, dance, and various visual arts classes. STEM initiatives begin as early as kindergarten, and students are encouraged to explore many academic and career paths throughout their time at Ursuline.

Specialty programs, such as entrepreneurship, allow students to learn from professional mentors while engaging in coursework relevant to real life. From kindergarten to 12th grade, STEM and arts are integrated into the Academy’s new Jane Gisevius Leadership Center, which comprises a SmartLab®, collaboration space, robotics lab, and video production studio. Students can learn everything from Circuitry, Computer Graphics, Digital Communications, Mechanics and Structures, Robotics and Control Technology, Scientific Data and Analysis, Software Engineering, Sustainability, and Video Production.

Ursuline believes girls must learn to think creatively, articulate their ideas confidently and compassionately, and solve problems collaboratively to succeed in tomorrow's world. Ursuline Academy develops tomorrow’s brightest independent thinkers, innovators, and community builders. From the first female law professor at Loyola University New Orleans to a U.S. senator and a U.S. Army colonel, Ursuline women lead fearlessly. At Ursuline, girls find the confidence to challenge themselves beyond academics and explore who they want to be.

Ursuline’s Reggio Emilia-inspired approach builds each girl’s confidence, social-emotional resiliency, and appreciation of others starting in early childhood. Throughout the academy, Ursuline’s all-girls’ environment empowers girls to challenge themselves, explore outside their comfort zones and expand what they are capable of achieving.

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Atonement Lutheran School

6500 Riverside Dr, Metairie, Louisiana; 504-887-0225

Atonement Lutheran School was founded in 1960 with one objective in mind: “To Impact Lives Through Christ” by providing an excellent Christian education and loving environment to families in the metro New Orleans area.

Atonement is a place where families can grow together in all facets of life. We are small enough to give each child and family the attention they deserve but have the faculty, staff, and facilities to provide an excellent education and school life experience. From the littlest threes on their first days of school to the eighth graders working toward graduation, Atonement is a place where the teachers, faculty, and staff are committed to working for the good of every student. We are passionate about giving students and families personalized attention and care while maintaining a superb educational climate and creating memorable experiences for all. We continue to hear feedback from area high schools, saying that our students are amongst the most – if not the best – prepared in their student populations.

We also offer our children our children many opportunities to be involved in extra-curricular activities,,, including a year-round sports program, scouting, talent shows, and a robust music program withwith several choirs across grade levels and produces an impressive spring musical every year.

‘I felt my children really benefitted from attending ALS as 8th graders. They matured and had so much fun during their last year with all the special events for 8th graders only. They were well prepared for High School and made the transition smoothly' — KL

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Stuart Hall School for Boys

2032 S. Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana; 504-861-5384

Since 1984, Stuart Hall has offered a unique faith-based environment for boys' Catholic education from PK3 through 7th grade.

The mission of the Stuart Hall School for Boys community is to live in the words of a Catholic educator, Janet Erskine Stuart, R.S.C.J., “Education is the formation, not just information.”

Faculty and staff are dedicated to working with parents to help each boy build a foundation for a life centered on a love for learning, a desire to help others, and a commitment to Gospel values. Private tours of the campus are given by appointment throughout the school year.

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Northlake Christian School

70104 Wolverine Drive, Covington, Louisiana; 985-635-0508

Northlake Christian School is a private, non-denominational Christian school and daycare in Covington, Louisiana, that exists to assist the Christian community in providing a Christian environment in which faith can be integrated with learning to offer high-quality education for its students from six weeks old through twelfth grade.

“I’ve always been proud to be a part of the NCS family, but seeing the compassion administration and faculty have shown our family during COVID-19 just takes it all to another level. I can’t even imagine what is going on behind the scenes to keep all of this on track and for that I am THANKFUL. And I Am GRATEFUL that my children haven’t missed a beat academically. These are absolutely the characteristics that set NCS apart…COMPASSION, COMMITMENT, and CHRIST!” – The Welch Family

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St. Andrew's Episcopal School

8012 Oak Street, New Orleans, Louisiana; 504-866-6553

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is the oldest Episcopal school in New Orleans with 63 years of experience in educating the mind, body and spirit of young children.

St. Andrew’s enrolls boys and girls 12 months through Grade 8, offering fourteen years of nurturing yet challenging education that focuses on Cherishing Childhood, Developing Character, and Cultivating Leaders.

St. Andrew’s offers an environment in which children develop confidence, achieve academic success, and embrace a lifelong love of learning.

St. Andrew’s is unique not only for its intimate size – we are especially proud of our student-to-teacher ratio of 5-to-1 – but also for creating an educational environment in which every child is known and loved by experienced faculty and staff.

At St. Andrew’s we celebrate the remarkable growth that occurs during the formative years from 12 months to age 14, and we strive to build on each child’s individual strengths, interests and abilities while fostering teamwork within the greater School community.

St. Andrew’s utilizes small classes to promote a challenging learning environment where students interact with teachers and grow spiritually, socially and intellectually.

A strong academic program, enhanced by state-of-the-art technology, includes Spanish, music, chapel, fine arts, athletics and information literacy skills. Student publications, dramatics, interscholastic sports, and community service round out St. Andrew’s program.

Tours Available by Appointment Only Virtual One-on-one Tours

In-Person Tours Call: 504-866-6553 Email: lwitter@standrewsepiscopalschool.org

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St. Edward the Confessor School and Daycare

4901 West Metairie Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana; 504- 888-6353 (school office); 504-888-0756 (daycare office)

Our Early Childhood Center is a licensed facility that offers a nurturing environment for children 1 to 2 years of age. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 7:45-2:45, with before and aftercare offered. The program runs from August-May, with summer care available to students already enrolled in the program.

Our PreK3-7th grade school offers excellent faith formation and academic preparation for students wishing to apply to competitive entry Catholic High Schools.

Based on the belief that God is the center of all being, St. Edward the Confessor School's staff strives to foster the spiritual, intellectual, personal, social, creative, and physical development of each child.

The faculty hopes to instill in each student the concept that religion is a way of life, enabling the practice of Christian values with a sense of justice, service, and democracy in an ever-changing society.

Students enjoy a wide variety of clubs, teams, and sports, along with the benefits of the 1:1 device program. Students in grades PK3 and above enjoy Spanish and music instruction, while older students also take Art and technology classes.

Parental involvement is high, faculty status is stable, class sizes are small, and joy is widespread.

Ultimate List of Private Schools In New Orleans

Private Schools In New Orleans

  • Academy of the Sacred Heart
  • Ursuline Academy
  • Stuart Hall School for Boys
  • St. Andrew's Episcopal School
  • NOLA Micro Schools
  • Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orléans
  • Brother Martin
  • Cabrini High School
  • Christian Brothers
  • De La Salle High School
  • Isadore Newman
  • Holy Cross School for Boys
  • Holy Name of Jesus School
  • Jesuit
  • McGhee School for Girls
  • Mount Carmel Academy
  • St. Alphonsus
  • St. Dominic's Catholic School
  • St. George's Episcopal School
  • St. Mary's Dominican High School
  • St. Michael Special School
  • St. Paul's Episcopal School
  • St. Pius X Catholic School
  • The Good Shephard School
  • Trinity Episcopal School
  • Waldorf School of New Orleans

Private Schools In Jefferson parish

  • Atonement Lutheran School
  • St. Edward the Confessor
  • Reading Success Center Academy
  • Archbishop Chapelle
  • Archbishop Rummel
  • Crescent City Christian School
  • Ecole Classique
  • John Curtis Christian School
  • Kehoe France Southshore
  • Lutheran High School
  • Memorial Baptist School
  • Metairie Park Country Day
  • Ridgewood Prep
  • St. Angela of Mercy
  • St. Ann Catholic School
  • St. Benilde Catholic School
  • St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School
  • St. Clement of Rome Catholic School
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • St. Francis Xavier
  • St. Louis King of France
  • St. Martin's Episcopal School
  • St. Mary Magdelene
  • St. Philip Neri
  • St. Rita School
  • Victory Christian Academy

Private Schools on the New Orleans Westbank

  • Arden Cahill Academy
  • Archbishop Shaw
  • Calvary Baptist School
  • Classique Academy
  • Concordia Lutheran School
  • Immaculate Conception School
  • St. Cletus
  • Our Lady of Prompt Succor
  • Visitation of Our Lord

Private Schools In St. Tammany Parish

  • Northlake Christian
  • Archbishop Hannan
  • Cedarwood
  • Christ Episcopal School
  • First Baptist Christian School
  • Kehoe-France Northshore
  • Northshore Prep
  • Our Lady of the Lake
  • Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Southern Magnolia Montessori School
  • St. Paul's Catholic School

Did we miss a private school in the New Orleans area? Let us know in the comments. If you would like to see your school featured in our guide, you can learn more about how you can be a sponsor in our 2020/2021 Private School Guide!

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