We are excited to be underway for the 2018-2019 academic school year! Between our three schools: Harriet Tubman Charter School, Akili Academy, and Paul Habans Charter School, we welcomed a record number of more than 2,200 scholars! As we begin the year, we remain focused on operating excellent, open-enrollment schools that raise the achievement of all students and prepare them for college.
The school year got off to a busy start. After five years operating out of its temporary home at the O. Perry Walker High School building, Tubman 3rd-8th graders returned to the original campus at 2013 General Meyer Avenue. The results of the extensive renovations and additions are beautiful, and everyone is proud to welcome students to a great school facility that enhances the surrounding neighborhood.
Also at the start of the year, we hosted our annual Back to School staff party where we honored all of our staff members who are celebrating their fifth year of service with Crescent City Schools. This year was particularly special as we also honored Lesley Blouin from Akili, as she is our first team member to celebrate her 10th year educating and inspiring scholars as part of the Crescent City Schools Network.
At Crescent City Schools, we believe that looking at student growth – how much a student actually learns and improves from one year to the next – is a powerful measure of a school’s impact. The Louisiana Department of Education recently released the growth scores for the state and all three of the schools in our network ranked in the top ten K-8 schools in New Orleans for English Language Arts (ELA). Notably, Paul Habans ranked first of all public K-8 in the city for ELA growth, and sixth in math. The following chart shows how well our schools performed – all of them outperformed the State! These numbers validate the hard work of our teachers and their commitment to raising achievement for every student.
As we celebrate our accomplishments at our open enrollment schools, we are proving that we can compete with the best selective-admission schools in the city. And we remain focused on getting even better.
I look forward to sharing with you all of the exciting things we will accomplish, as we embrace our mission to raise student achievement and prepare students for college. We could not have gotten here without your support and on behalf of all of Crescent City Schools, we thank you and look forward to another inspiring year.
Kate Mehok, CEO