Welcome to summer! It is hard to believe that we have completed another school year, and what a year it was! 2018-2019 was marked by great accomplishments at our three schools: Harriet Tubman Charter School, Akili Academy, and Paul Habans Charter School.
Our focus on operating excellent, open-enrollment schools that raise student achievement and prepare students for college was once again rewarded when the Louisiana Department of Education released School Performance Scores that showed all of our schools are “A” grade schools for student growth, and they are ranked among the most successful open-enrollment schools in New Orleans. Habans is #1 among all K-8 open-enrollment schools in the city, Akili is ranked #7, and Tubman is ranked #12. Tubman was also recognized as a Top Gains Honoree and Equity Honoree which acknowledges their ability to grow all scholars regardless of economic hardship, English language barriers, or disabilities.
We had a lot to celebrate this year. Habans hosted a ribbon cutting for a new playground designed specifically for our youngest scholars with size-appropriate climbing structures and a tricycle track. Akili’s athletic and academic excellence shined with city championships in football and basketball; and they celebrated three scholars who auditioned for and were accepted into the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). Tubman welcomed their 3rd-8th graders home to their beautifully renovated school after living in temporary space for five years, and they hosted a visit from New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. All of our schools were invited to, and participated in, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) focused workshops at local universities AND they were all invited to march in Mardi Gras parades across the city! In May, with a lot of pride and some tears, we bid farewell to more than 200 8th graders heading to high school – many of them already awarded with high school credit for their mastery or advanced scores.
As I look towards starting our ninth year of operating schools, I am excited by all of the opportunities the 2019-2020 school year holds. All of our schools have expanded their early education programs, and we will be welcoming our first class of PreK scholars to our innovative montessori program at Tubman. This first class of students will join their K-1-2 classmates on a new campus designed specifically for the program. At Habans, we are anticipating the ground breaking for a first-of-its-kind Educational Storm Water Center that will be constructed as a result of being awarded a $376,000 grant from the Sewerage and Water Board’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program. Stay tuned for more information in the fall!
I hope you have a wonderful summer and on behalf of all of Crescent City Schools, thank you!
Kate Mehok, CEO