The Ultimate Guide To the Best Private Schools In New Orleans

Picking the right school for your child is confusing and a long process! Open houses, tours, browsing endless websites. We hope to help make this easier for you with the Ultimate Guide to the Best Private Schools In New Orleans for 2019.

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Academy of Sacred Heart

4521 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans; PH. (504) 891-1943

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Thinking about a Sacred Heart education?

Every Fall, we open our hearts, minds and doors to the Greater New Orleans community and host Admission Tours to our future Sacred Heart families. We cordially invite you to come see in person how our girls are inspired to make change in the world.

If you can’t make it to one of our Admission Tours, we invite you to contact us for a Personal Tour at your convenience. If your daughter already has a friend who attends Sacred Heart, we’ll be happy to pair them up for a few hours to “Spend a Day” in the life of a Sacred Heart girl.

(Grades 5-12)

Open House Tours: Tuesday, October 29, 5-7pm

 (Ages 1-Grade 4)

Call for Personal Tours: 504.269.1213

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Questions about Sacred Heart? Let’s talk.

Ashley Zito, Director of Admission


“…The term “school” seems almost a disservice to describe this amazing institution. My daughter is learning and growing academically, socially and spiritually every day in the most rewarding and fulfilling way. Sacred Heart is truly providing her the foundation, structure, guidance and education that Christian and I were hoping for. As such, she will have all of the tools she needs to become the best version of herself with a strong faith in and love for God…”   

– Kimberly Speed Rooney, parent of Kindergarten student

Academy of the Sacred Heart

Ursuline Academy

2635 State Street, New Orleans, LA 70118; 504-866-5292

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Ursuline Academy is an all-girls Catholic school offering a diverse educational environment from Toddler 1 through 12th grade.

Founded in 1727, Ursuline Academy of New Orleans enjoys the distinction of being the first all-girls’ Catholic school in the United States.

As girls progress through the academy, a highly interactive approach exposes them to increasingly complex concepts in STEM and the arts that go beyond learning the material.

The academy offers an extensive curriculum, which includes rigorous academic coursework and incorporates honors, accelerated, and Advanced Placement offerings for students. A comprehensive and diverse curriculum provides every Ursuline student with the opportunity to develop her unique skills and talents.

The fine arts program includes theater, drama, choral music, orchestra, piano, dance and a wide variety of visual arts classes.

STEM initiatives begin as early as kindergarten, and students are encouraged to explore many academic and career paths throughout their time at Ursuline.

Specialty programs, such as entrepreneurship, provide opportunities for students to learn from professional mentors while engaging in course work relevant to real life.

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To succeed in tomorrow’s world, Ursuline believes girls must learn to think creatively, articulate their ideas confidently and compassionately, and solve problems collaboratively.

Ursuline Academy develops tomorrow’s brightest independent thinkers, innovators, and community builders. From the first female law professor at Loyola University New Orleans to a U.S. senator and a U.S. Army colonel, Ursuline women lead fearlessly.

At Ursuline, girls find the confidence to challenge themselves beyond academics and explore who they want to be.

Starting in early childhood, Ursuline’s Reggio Emilia-inspired approach builds each girl’s confidence, social-emotional resiliency and appreciation of others.

Continuing throughout the academy, Ursuline’s all-girls’ environment empowers girls to challenge themselves, explore outside their comfort zones and expand what they are capable of achieving.

Ursuline Academy

Atonement Lutheran School

6500 Riverside Dr Metairie, LA 70003; 504-887-0225

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From the littlest threes on their first day of school, to the seasoned eighth grader working toward graduation, Atonement Lutheran School is a place where the teachers, faculty and staff are committed to working for the good of every student.

ALS provides opportunities for families to grow together in all facets of life.

Our faculty and staff are loving and dedicated to the children and families that are here-we are like a family.

Atonement is a welcoming facility where families can grow together spiritually. If you do not have a home church, we invite you to visit one of our many congregational activities hosted by our church.

Our church and school work in awesome partnership with one another. There are lots of activities for our children, youth, and families-some include Trunk or Treat, The Craft Fair, Seafood Fest, and youth nights.

We would love to get to know you and your family better! Please join us!

Atonement Lutheran

Arden Cahill Academy

3101 Wall Blvd. Gretna, La.; PH. 504-392-0902

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Arden Cahill Academy combines a strong education with the unique qualities of an outdoor country environment just minutes from downtown New Orleans.

Nestled along Bayou Fatma in Gretna, the beautiful 12-acre campus currently serves students from 6 weeks in its Infant Center through High School (10th grade).

Arden Cahill Academy has begun a new chapter in the school’s 53-year history by welcoming its first high school class of freshmen. An additional grade will be added over three successive years.

Arden Cahill Academy offers a college preparatory curriculum that will continue to uphold the school’s tradition of academic excellence and exposure to the arts.

Course selections will include honors, AP, and dual enrollment classes with embedded ACT prep and college guidance.

With a focus on cultural enrichment, the school offers art, music, drama, public speaking, band, dance, digital media and language integrated into their curriculum.

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Arden Cahill Academy’s campus also features a STEAM Lab, 300-seat theater, vegetable garden, art studios, music rooms, horse stables, riding arena, petting farm, competition swimming pool, sports fields and gymnasium.

Arden Cahill Academy also offers Camp Corral, a 10-week summer camp with activities galore!

Please join us for an Open House, Campus Tour or Spend-A-Day (6th – 10th grades).

Arden Cahill Academy

Stuart Hall School for Boys

2032 S. Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans; PH. 504-861-5384

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Stuart Hall School for Boys was founded in 1984, and named for Janet Erskine Stuart, a religious of the Sacred Heart.

The mission of the Stuart Hall school community is to live the words of Janet Erskine Stuart, R.S.C.J., “Education is formation, not just information.”

Faculty and staff are dedicated to working with parents to help each child build a foundation for a life centered on a love for learning, a desire to help others, and a commitment to Gospel values.

Stuart Hall School For Boys

NOLA Micro Schools

2705 S. Broad Street, New Orleans, Louisiana; 504-218-5092

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NOLA Micro Schools was founded to provide families in New Orleans with a school where learning is driven by the unique passions, talents, struggles, and curiosities of their students.

Our core belief – that every student should be inspired and supported as they realize their potential to change the world – has resulted in a learner-driven school where children see themselves as vital members of their communities and future leaders with the capacity, creativity, and compassion to take on the challenges of their generation.

Deeply connected to the city of New Orleans, our community-based school is a diverse educational environment serving children from PK4 through High School.

We prepare our students to pursue their passions through a blending of hands-on, multidisciplinary learning projects and relevant technology resources that deliver personalized academic content.

At NOLA Micro Schools, students are empowered to drive their own learning while teachers serve as guides to direct, facilitate, and enable the acquisition of knowledge and resources.

Our curriculum provides the real-world application of in-school lessons, using

Socratic teaching methods to encourage critical thinking and self-mastery, educational gaming to help build reading, writing, and math skills and “Running Partner” relationships where students learn to hold each other accountable.

Throughout our academic program, students are guided to develop the critical life skills most needed for their future – resilience, teamwork, creativity, curiosity, ownership, communication, and intellectual rigor.

With time reserved for mindful personal development, the arts, and outdoor activities and the extensive assessment of skill levels, aptitudes and learning styles, NOLA Micro Schools offers a personalized, cohesive approach to educate life-long learners.

NOLA Micro Schools

Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orléans

812 General Pershing Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115; 504-896-4500


The mission of Ecole Bilingue is to develop globally literate students through a rigorous bilingual French-American curriculum, set in a nurturing and multicultural community.

We guide our students to excel academically, foster their curiosity, and prepare them to become creative and innovative contributors to the world.

Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans

Private Schools In New Orleans

New Orleans is known for having some of the best private schools. We’re also known for having more private schools than any other city. Crazy right? Here is a list of all the private schools in the New Orleans area.

Would you like your private school in New Orleans added to our guide? Just fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch! 

About the Author

Cara was born in Florida but raised in New Orleans. After living in New Orleans for over 30 years, the beach called her back home. She now lives in Pensacola, FL in her almost beach house. Cara is married to her high school sweetheart and they have 2 kids and 3 dogs. Cara loves all things Disney, the British Royal Family and photography. When she's not working or driving her dancer to 50000 dance classes a week she can be found at the beach!

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