In the fall of 2018, Harriet Tubman will build on its current academic success by expanding every grade by 40 students, growing to nearly 1,000 students in grades PreK-8th. While the scholars in grades 3-8 will return to the historic blue Tubman building they left almost five years ago, the Montessori K-1-2 program will stay in its current location for now. Future plans include building a structure to meet the unique needs of the K-1-2 Montessori program.
Principal Julie Lause knows that the demand for high-quality, innovative schools is growing in the Algiers community, and she is proud to have Tubman fill that need. “90% of our students come from right here in Algiers, and over the past few years there has been increased demand for our program,” says Lause. “We are the #1 or #2 requested school on the West Bank every year, we have consistently been the highest performing RSD school on the West Bank for several years, and we are enrolled above capacity in every grade.”
When Crescent City Schools took over Tubman in 2010, it was a failing school, and in just two years in improved from an F to a C. Ever since then there has been steady growth in both academic achievement and neighborhood demand. To date, Tubman is the most successful turnaround school in the city of New Orleans with the highest Value Add scores of any formerly failing school.
The plan for expansion has included moving multiple excellent teachers into new leadership positions, expanding the Tubman operations team to cross two campuses, and hiring 25 new staff to join the already existing 100 staff members.
“We are thrilled to advance veteran staff into leadership positions and build upon the strong foundation that the staff has built. About 50% of the current staff has been at Tubman for 5 or more years,” says Lause.
Tubman has always believed in serving the Algiers neighborhood it calls home. Principal Lause and her staff recognize the need for excellent schools, as well as the need for schools that offer unique programs. “Our Montessori program is the only one of its kind in the city, merging Montessori principles and programming with a standards-aligned curriculum,” says Lause.
“We have also been doing considerable work in the community to spread the word about our expansion so that all families who want an excellent school for their child can apply now. We are already approaching capacity in several grades.”
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