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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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, 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.

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

From the littlest threes on their first day of school to the seasoned eighth grader working toward graduation, Atonement Lutheran School is a place where the teachers, faculty, and staff are committed to working for the good of every student.

ALS provides opportunities for families to grow together in all facets of life.

Our faculty and staff are loving and dedicated to the children and families that are here-we are like a family. Atonement is a welcoming facility where families can grow together spiritually. If you do not have a home church, we invite you to visit one of our many congregational activities hosted by our church.

Our church and school work in awesome partnerships with one another. There are many activities for our children, youth, and families-some, including Trunk or Treat, The Craft Fair, Seafood Fest, and youth nights.

We would love to get to know you and your family better! Please join us!

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Academy of the Sacred Heart

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

Thinking about a Sacred Heart education?
Every Fall, we open our hearts, minds, and doors to the Greater New Orleans community and host Admission Tours to our future Sacred Heart families. We cordially invite you to see in person how our girls are inspired to make a change in the world.

If you can’t make it to one of our Admission Tours, we invite you to contact us for a Personal Tour at your convenience. If your daughter already has a friend who attends Sacred Heart, we’ll be happy to pair them up for a few hours to “Spend a Day” in the life of a Sacred Heart girl.

(Grades 5-12)
Open House Tours: Tuesday, October 29, 5-7 pm

(Ages 1-Grade 4)

Call for Personal Tours: 504.269.1213

Learn more:

Contact Info:

Questions about Sacred Heart? Let’s talk.

Ashley Zito, Director of Admission


“…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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Stuart Hall School for Boys

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

Stuart Hall School for Boys was founded in 1984, and named for Janet Erskine Stuart, a religious of the Sacred Heart.

The mission of the Stuart Hall school community is to live the words of 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.

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Reading Success Center Academy

260 Hickory Avenue, Harahan, Louisiana; 504-458-1475

RSC Academy is a nontraditional full-day school program offering a comprehensive, curiosity-driven academic curriculum that challenges students and promotes choice and collaboration.

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NOLA Micro Schools

2705 S. Broad Street, New Orleans, Louisiana; 504-218-5092

NOLA Micro Schools was founded to provide families in New Orleans with a school where learning is driven by students’ unique passions, talents, struggles, and curiosities.

Our core belief – that every student should be inspired and supported as they realize their potential to change the world – has resulted in a learner-driven school where children see themselves as vital members of their communities and future leaders with the capacity, creativity, and compassion to take on the challenges of their generation.

Deeply connected to the city of New Orleans, our community-based school is a diverse educational environment serving children from PK4 through High School.

We prepare our students to pursue their passions by blending hands-on, multidisciplinary learning projects and relevant technology resources that deliver personalized academic content.

At NOLA Micro Schools, students are empowered to drive their own learning while teachers serve as guides to direct, facilitate, and acquire knowledge and resources.

Our curriculum provides the real-world application of in-school lessons, using Socratic teaching methods to encourage critical thinking and self-mastery, educational gaming to help build reading, writing, math skills, and “Running Partner” relationships where students learn to hold each other accountable.

Students are guided to develop the critical life skills most needed for their future – resilience, teamwork, creativity, curiosity, ownership, communication, and intellectual rigor throughout our academic program.

With time reserved for mindful personal development, the arts, and outdoor activities and the extensive assessment of skill levels, aptitudes, and learning styles, NOLA Micro Schools offers a personalized, cohesive approach to educate life-long learners.

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Arden Cahill Academy

3101 Wall Blvd., Gretna, Louisiana; 504-392-0902

Arden Cahill Academy combines a strong education with an outdoor country environment’s unique qualities just minutes from downtown New Orleans. Nestled along Bayou Fatma in Gretna, the beautiful 12-acre campus currently serves students from 6 weeks in its Infant Center through High School (10th grade).

Arden Cahill Academy has begun a new chapter in the school’s 53-year history by welcoming its first high school class of freshmen. An additional grade will be added over three successive years. Offering a college preparatory curriculum that will continue to uphold the school’s academic excellence tradition and exposure to the art, course selections will include honors, AP, and dual enrollment classes with embedded ACT prep and college guidance.

The school offers art, music, drama, public speaking, band, dance, digital media, and language integrated into its curriculum, focusing on cultural enrichment.

Arden Cahill Academy’s campus also features a STEAM Lab, 300-seat theater, vegetable garden, art studios, music rooms, horse stables, riding arena, petting farm, competition swimming pool, sports fields, and gymnasium. 

Arden Cahill Academy also offers Camp Corral, a 10-week summer camp with activities galore! 

Please join us for an Open House, Campus Tour, or Spend-A-Day (6th – 10th grades).


Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orléans

812 General Pershing Street, New Orleans, Louisiana; 504-896-4500

The mission of Ecole Bilingue is to develop globally literate students through a rigorous bilingual French-American curriculum, set in a nurturing and multicultural community.

We guide our students to excel academically, foster their curiosity, and prepare them to become creative and innovative contributors to the world.

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Ultimate List of Private Schools In New Orleans

Private Schools In New Orleans

Private Schools In Jefferson parish

  • Atonement Lutheran School
  • 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

  • Archbishop Hannan
  • Cedarwood
  • Christ Episcopal School
  • First Baptist Christian School
  • Kehoe-France Northshore
  • Northlake Christian
  • 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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