CEO’s Message


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Dear Friends,

The 2017-2018 academic year was an exciting year for us, and we are anxious to resume work with scholars at each of our three schools: Harriet Tubman Charter School, Akili Academy, and Paul Habans Charter School.

As we ended our seventh year operating schools, we continue to innovate in response to our scholars’ needs.

Tubman was fortunate to receive a personal visit from our State Superintendent of Education, John White. He came to directly observe the practices that have led to the school’s success, including our innovative K-1-2 Montessori program. He praised the work of our teachers and scholars saying, “This school is an innovative school that is doing things creatively for its families and for its children. It’s also a great example of how the school came in, took over in a situation that was troubled, and has really turned it around. This is a school that is on the rise, and that’s great news for education in New Orleans.”

Akili added its first ever Pre-K class to the school, and it was exciting to watch those 20 4-year-olds grow and learn throughout the year. Additionally, Akili continued its reign as one of the city’s athletic powerhouses, winning 5 citywide championships in flag football, boys basketball, and girls basketball.

Habans unveiled a new, state-of-the-art green schoolyard in conjunction with the Trust for Public Land. This new space, which our scholars helped design, features play space for students as well as green infrastructure solutions that help manage storm water. We’re also proud that the arts program at Habans continued to grow. Scholars performed in the original theatrical piece, “A Night at History Makers’ Hall” as a culmination to Black History Month, and one of our scholars had his original art featured at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

We also continued to grow the programs we offer for students with exceptional needs, by expanding the Aurora Program. First piloted in the fall of 2016, this highly individualized program is designed to meet the unique needs of children who are dealing with trauma and who have significant emotional and behavioral concerns that impact their ability to be successful in the traditional school setting. The mission of the Aurora Program is to develop scholars who are focused, academically productive, and passionate about their own learning. We were proud to be able to build upon Aurora’s initial successes and open up the program to even more students across the city.

I am looking forward to all of the exciting things we have planned for next year. On behalf of all of us at Crescent City Schools, we thank you for your continued belief in our mission to raise student achievement and prepare students for college.



Kate Mehok, CEO