After five years at a temporary modular site located in Gentilly, Akili Academy moved into its new home at 3811 N. Galvez Street in July. Located at the historic William Frantz Elementary facility, which had been closed since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the new campus seamlessly blends the restored original building with a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility. Some of the new features include a gymnasium, a black box theatre, a computer lab, a library, and fully-equipped science labs.
The original Frantz site has a storied history, serving as one of the first sites of school integration in New Orleans. In November 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges was escorted to and from school by U.S. Marshals, the first African-Americanchild to attend Frantz. She was one of six children across New Orleans to attend a formerly segregated school that year. Although she and her family suffered hardships for their courage, Bridges has emerged as an activist for tolerance and an advocate for educating children about racism through the Ruby Bridges Foundation.
Today, Akili Academy serves as a K-6 school to 460 students. It has the distinction of being one of the highest-performing schools in the Recovery School District (RSD). During the next two years, the school will expand to include grades 7-8.
A ribbon-cutting will be held by the RSD and Crescent City Schools at the new site on September 5. All Crescent City Schools supporters are invited to join us and witness this historic moment.