Crescent City Schools (CCS) is a Charter Management Organization (CMO) that serves 2,500 students in three high growth, PreK-8 schools. We are open enrollment schools dedicated to equity in education and improving student outcomes. CCS schools rank among the most academically successful PreK-8 open enrollment schools in New Orleans. Established in 2010 by veteran educators, Kate Mehok and Julie Lause, CCS was founded to address the specific need of transforming failing schools. CCS fosters the performance and improvement of its scholars and teachers by providing the supports necessary for success. “We are part of a movement that believes all students can and will learn and that it is each school’s responsibility to provide an outstanding, high-quality education for every child.” – Kate Mehok, co-founder & CEO of Crescent City Schools.
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When Crescent City Schools assumed operations of Harriet Tubman Charter School in 2011, it was a persistently-failing school. Under the leadership of Principal Julie Lause, scores climbed, attendance improved, and 8th graders began enrolling in high-performing high schools. The Tubman journey is now regularly acknowledged as the most successful turnaround story of a failing school in New Orleans. In 2018,Tubman earned an “A” for Growth and was recognized as a Top Gains Honoree and an Equity Honoree – acknowledging the school’s ability to grow scholars, including those with disabilities, economic hardship, and/or English Language learning needs. It was one of only two open enrollment schools to receive both honors. In 2018, Tubman welcomed 600 3-8 grade scholars to their fully renovated, historic school in Algiers that provides state-of-the-art learning opportunities for academic and extracurricular activities. Tubman’s innovative K-1-2 program that combines Montessori principles with a standards-based approach to teaching is moving to a dedicated space designed to meet the needs of the 300 young scholars. Intervention for academically struggling students and enrichment programs are also part of the high-quality experience Tubman provides for every child. “The values of Tubman are deeply rooted in providing an integrated, socially equitable education in a positive and dignified learning environment where all students can thrive.” -Julie Lause, co-founder of Crescent City Schools
Akili Academy, a high growth school is recognized for advancing student learning from one year to the next at a rate that exceeds the average of the state and the city. Akili Academy began operations in 2008, serving students in kindergarten and first grade. Crescent City Schools assumed operations in 2012 and the school was expanded to welcome grades PreK-8. Akili utilizes a personalized learning approach that supports and challenges scholars. Using a combination of large and small group instruction, and personalized learning software, Akili staff meets each student where they are and ensures they are on the path to college. In addition to rigorous academic standards, Akili is passionate about providing scholars with a wide range of extracurricular options that are personally gratifying and contribute to individual growth. Consequently, students can select from performing and fine arts classes, writing workshops, athletics, and leadership training. Located in the Upper Ninth Ward in the historic William Frantz Building, Akili serves more than 600 scholars and is a cornerstone of the community. Akili is led by native New Orleanian, Allison Lowe. “Akili believes in educating the whole scholar. Focusing on a student’s growth enables us to provide individualized learning opportunities and position our scholars for success.” -Allison Lowe, Principal at Akili Academy.
Paul Habans Charter School is ranked #2 in New Orleans for student academic growth among all K-8 open-enrollment schools. Its student growth is ranked first in English and sixth in math; placing Habans among the very top performing “A” Growth schools in the city. When Crescent City Schools assumed operations of Habans in 2013, it was an “F” school. Within only three years, through dedication and instructional excellence, Habans exited failing status and in 2018 celebrated the achievement of earning an overall score of “C”. The Habans growth mindset is grounded in the belief that all students can learn and achieve at high levels through small group interventions, a range of special education settings and supports, extension opportunities for advanced students, and dedicated staff to support English language learners. Scholars are offered an exceptional range of extra-curricular activities from athletic endeavors to fine arts, and technical programs. There is a strong emphasis on the values of community, culture, and equity in education. Serving more than 700 students, the Habans state-of-the-art campus is located in Algiers and includes a dance studio, music room, art room, full-sized gym, digital library, and science and computer labs. “We are an open enrollment school that takes every student who walks through the door and moves them at rates comparable with the most competitive selective schools in the city.” – Elisabeth LaMotte-Mitchell, Principal at Paul Habans Charter School.