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PK-8
Private
Gretna, LA
Students enrolled: 500
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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3101 Wall Boulevard
Gretna, LA 70056

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(504) 392-0902
(504) 392-3813
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August 02, 2014
Excellent school! There are many activities to keep the children busy as well as the school offers a fine education! It may seem like a bit much with the homework at times but I would rather spend the tuition costs to know my child is safe, cared for as well as learning all that they can learn. The campus is beautiful and the teachers really show appreciation for the children and parents. I don't know what I will do when my kids graduate. I wouldn't recommend any of school but Arden Cahill.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2014
Great school. My kids recently came back and love it and are thriving. Excellent extracurricular offerings like chess club, glee, swim, football, soccer, cross country, drama, golf etc. Also, a very living environment. Main complaint is that there is too much memorization vs project based learning. Also, the language program is very weak. Homework is also a bit much, but it helps learn time management etc. Overall, happy with the school and reasonable tuition vs other private schools in New Orleans.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
I have recently started Arden Cahill academy from st Andrew the apostle and I will say that I wish I had never switched, Arden Cahill has SO much homework 1-2 hours if homework a night the kids are all mean I made no friends within the first month of being there i was alone in the back getting bullied my the TEACHERS yes the teachers I will be moving back to st Andrew next year I will never recommend this school to anyone. If your trying to find a school I HIGHLY recommend st Andrew

- submitted by a community member
August 12, 2013
I started my daughter here when she was less than a year old. I had minor complaints at first, such as the trash can being placed up against her crib and her being bitten (with bruises) twice within a week's time. However, the last and final straw with this school and everyone in it occurred shortly after my daughter's second birthday. When dropped her off in the morning I checked her bin to see if she needed any pull-ups. I saw that she was low so I went to my car to get more. I was out of the room for a couple of minutes. When I returned to the room I saw one of her teachers was hitting a child (younger than her) several times in the face telling him "no biting!" She pulled him by the arm to the timeout chair (which is when she saw me). I was beyond shocked. I got ALL my daughter's belongings and went to the office to complain and officially withdraw her. Ms. Betty seemed concerned about the incident and asked me to write a report or what I observed. She later called me back that day to ask if I could rewrite my complaint, saying "Did she HIT him or TAP his mouth to stop him from biting? Bc if she hit him,well,that would be grounds for termination." Just shows the culture of AC

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2013
This is an excellent School! My children have been there for many years and children from my extended family have children attending also. I feel comfortable having my children here, the Administration cares about the children in a personal way. I love the Theatre that they experience it seems to give all a sense of achievement no matter what their particular talent! Plays, Christmas Celebrations the opportunities are endless at this School!

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2012
I could never recommend this school to anyone. For three and a half years I was emotionally bullied by the students and the administration. The head administrator knew about what was going on, but she did nothing. In fact it wasn't until my mom came to the school to withdraw me that the administrator finally looked at my file. She begged my mother to let me stay. My mom told her it was too late. I had stopped speaking at school and was withdrawn because of what I went through. When **** saw that my testing showed an IQ over 150 she freaked and said she didn't want to lose me.Before this, they even had the nerve to show up in class and announce to the ENTIRE class that I couldn't be there because my parents hadn't paid that months tuition. I was forced to gather my things in front of everyone and was marched out to the office to wait for my mom. What actually happened was that they LOST the check. They refused to admit their mistake to my classmates. I could go on and on, but the only bright memories were three very special teachers. If I ever had a chance to speak to the former administration I would have quite a bit to tell them. There are much better choices out there.

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2012
Is a great school, with an extraordinary environment where kids can learn and play. I had a very good experience bringing my 3 year old, who could not speak English and within months he was able to establish a dialogue in both English and Spanish

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
I put my child in this school thinking particularly family atmosphere, since my husband travels often so my son misses him a lot, so his mood swings are as frequent as my husband travels, I talk to the teacher and she was very understanding and guided me in learning techniques and communication for children very restless

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2012
I go to this school, but i had some bad memories along with the good ones.I do have complaints, such as an unneccessary dress code for 5th grade and up = no clothes with words on them, it's not easy to find that, and THEY TELL YOU AT THE BIGINNING OF THE YEAR, my mom spend hundreds of dollars on clothes for the year but now they went to waste.And the childcare workers are so rude and mean. They are so mean, but when the parents show up they are so sweet!!! But i did learn a lot at this school. I'm going to Newman next year, you should check it out. Newman has five stars, i agree better than this.......

- submitted by a community member
August 23, 2012
This school might look great from the outside but I can assure you there are nothing but problems from the inside. I've had 2 children at this school. In the beginning it was great until Mrs. Cahill's took over. She has changed everything and the quality of the education has gone downhill ever since. I took my youngest out in 3rd grade and have no regrets. The Cahill's base every decision on gossip amongst the teachers. They are not professional at all. It saddens me that Mrs. Cahill's children are ruining the reputation of what was once such an awesome place to learn.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2012
Arden Cahill was a terrible place to work. I worked in the infant center and honestly hated going to work every day. The director is awful to her staff and is completely unwilling to hear and address any concerns of her employees. I loved my students and honestly hated leaving because I was worried who they would get stuck with as a teacher. The director thinks of the staff as glorified babysitters, which is exactly how they are treated. The Cahill's were always very helpful and nice to me, however they do not run the infant center and it is unfortunate that they don't. With the amount of tuition that is charged the infant center could be a wonderful place. However, I believe that as long as the current director is in charge that cannot happen.

- submitted by a teacher
August 26, 2011
I just enrolled my son in the Infant Center...he turns 2 in November but I was told he won't be able to "move up" until next year...right now he is the oldest in his group and some aren't even walking yet....I am afraid he will be bored and won't be challenged...has anyone dealt with this issue? I feel like the Infant center is not actual school and that kids should move up when they are ready and not be held back. Any thoughts/advice?

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2011
My children have been attending ACA since they were 2 years old with my oldest being in the 5th grade now. I have had nothing but great experiences with the teachers and staff. Due to the recent economy we were forced to send our children to another private school and after 3 semesters I had to put them back at ACA because the education they received at the other school did not even come close to what they had recieved at ACA. When we came back Mary Kevin was nothing but helpful with the situation and my oldest was struggling with a class and the Cahill family has helped her out dramatically with open arms. I am proud to be part of the Arden Cahill Academy family and hope we never have to leave again. my husband also attended ACA for grade school and prizes the education he recieved there and is proud to have his children getting an awesome education from some of his old teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2011
My child was at Cahill from Pre-3 though 2, the school was wonderful up until Mrs. Cahill stopping being an active voice. The quality of the teachers was wonderful however up through 1st grade. Second grade became an overpriced daycare requiring homeschooling at night. The teachers from 2nd grade on no longer pay attention to the kids or care if they are learning, it is busy work and nothing else. My child has awesome scores and is not lazy, the teachers do not provide the instruction necessary for learning. The school has become centered around money rather than learning and the childrens best interest. Also once they realize you have had enough and will not be returning for the next year they will exact revenge on your child for it, whether it be through favortism to those returning or disciplanry actions for things that are absurd. Believe me i know my child is no angel but to be singled out from other children at the age of 7 is hard to bear when it isn't the child's choice. Not only are the girls catty, so are the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2010
This school is one of a kind. Unlike some parents I believe in my children. They can give their best, prevail, and come out with such a valuable education. It has been a challenge with 3 kids attending. The teachers do have high expectations, requiring tremendous dedication from the student. Good! I expect nothing else. Parents can complain but thats probably because they don't want to be bothered. Or. . .they really don't beleive in their children. These teachers care about their students. Maybe the parents should care a little more. I am so grateful to have found a school with such academics and character. I don't want to pay for a school that is easy. I want my children challenged daily. All schools have place for improvement but the heart of the school supercedes any fault. My children have thrived here for 4 years.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2010
This is a very small school, therefore the girls are catty. There are 26 people in the seventh grade! That might be the reason why the girls are so catty. We used to be very happy with the shcool but, it went down the tubs when Mrs.Cahill stopped running the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2010
This is my childs first year. I haven t had any problems with this school. My child seems to enjoy herself and the teachers seem to be very concerned with her well being and productivity. However, communication and parents opinion has not been cohesive. Decisions to close the school because of local NFL celebrations are ridicules to me! Administrators should have polled parents and/or faculty members in order to find out who would be sending their child to school that day or who would be coming to work.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2009
This is a wonderful school. My children attended Arden Cahill. One of my son's that struggled in grammar school, today thanks Arden Cahill and Mrs. Patel in particular for much of his academic success in higher education. Now my grandchildren attend Arden Cahill, Mrs. Cahill, still there the 'Heart' of the school and her wonderful daughters carrying on are a credit to the excellence and caring their Mother taught them! The speech and drama programs along with the excellent curriculum produces confident educated citizens. Thank you Mrs. Cahill, your dream and selfless devotion to so many children will always' be appreciated!

- submitted by a community member
August 07, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating June 09, 2009
Well many are leaving! You used to get what you pay for! Now that the Cahill girls are in charge you get very little of what you pay for. If you are liked by the cahill girls then you are accepted and your life is wonderful! I feel sorry for Mrs. Cahill who worked so hard at her dream with this school. Look around when you visit other schools and see what they have to offer. Ha! Cahill is on the bottom of the list. I spent over $100,000 there over the years and only to be kicked in the butt. If your children are happy there then so be it. However, many children are not and the enrollment is definately down for the next year!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2009
I attended Cahill and my children are currently there. This is where they will graduate. Over 40 years of great education. You do get what you pay for! Anyone who is unhappy, I personally invite you to leave.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2009
Cahill is a wonderful school. My 2 children have been there since 18 mos. My biggest fear has come true-4th grade. The teachers are very non-forgiving and push them WAY too hard. My child has always excelled. Her self-esteem has crashed due to the 4th grade teachers. I love the school and would hate to consider leaving, but how do I subject my younger child to the H**L of 4th grade at Cahill! I no longer feel that the $$ I'm paying is benefitting my child. I've talked to the teachers and they have a VERY nonchalant attitude--as if, I owe them for letting them teach my child. I also have a problem with after care. For the $$ we pay, the chidlren shouldn't sit in the gym for 8 hours on all day child care. At least let them go to the empty rooms and watch movies in chairs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 17, 2008
My children have been at this school for seven years. I love the school up until the second grade. After the second grade it seems as though the teachers do not take time with the students, they are expected to catch on the first time. Teachers do not allow the students to ask many questions. It is very unorganized after the second grade. Students who bully other kids or talked to and have to sit in the office. This method does not seem to work because the same kids are still bullying. The school is very espensive and prices rise every year for every activity. The registration fee is $400.00 every year and you still pay for and supply everrything else that is needed for your children. The classes get smaller as the grade levels increase because we are finding better options these days.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 09, 2008
I highly reccomend Arden Cahill Academy. I went there for seven years, and durign those seven years I learned more then any other school could have taught me. I visited many differnt schools throught my years at cahill and none of them compared to its quality. When I got to high school I was prepared and above most people in Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior class. I am graduating this year and I still use the things instilled in me from Cahill towards my education in highschool. more than just a school it taught me to be a respectful young lady and well mannered. It taught me about life lessons and everything that you need to go ahead with in life. So if you are thinking about sending your child there. I suggest you should. its quiet incredible.

- submitted by a student
July 08, 2008
This summer my children attended the first session of Arden Cahill Academy. Everyday, my children would jump in the car excited to tell me about their day. I think the staff works hard to make sure the children have the best experiences. My children have been able to ride horses, ride paddle boats, and attend a sock hop, among other activities such as swimming, competitions such as blue and white day, and help put on a play. They have been learning, exploring, and having a great time in Discovery Science and Language Arts. They have been using their imagination creating in Art. They also enjoy the food and the kind staff in the cafeteria. They have been introduced to new games during gym. It is exciting to see my children so motivated.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 02, 2008
Unorganized. Have to get multiple sheets every Friday from each subject in different piles and compile them together yourself for signature. My children's new school is not over-enrolled and it comes from all classes as a packet from the home room teacher. Was just always unhappy re; disorganization. Carpool is a parking lot!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2008
I have a 4 y.O. And he is doing great. The teachers are all wonderful, great activities.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2007
My son is in kindergarten at ACA, and we are very pleased with the school so far. This is his first year, and we were concerned that he would not be at the same level as the other children who had been there for Pre-3 and Pre-4. We are so excited that he has done very well and is thoroughly enjoying school. He has the best group of teachers we could have imagined. We must be lucky so far as I have not observed any over-crowding or after-care problems. There are 16 children in his class, and he has first-class after-care workers. I know each family has a different experience, so I'm sure there is some truth to those comments and appreciate knowing what to look out for in the future. However, to those considering the school, please visit, talk to other parents, and meet the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2007
This school is great and I can not believe that some people think and write differently, they believe that just because it is a private school that it and it's staff need to cater to their every need the school prepares the children so well, I my self attended the school and now my two children attend also. Anyone looking for a good education for their child should at least see the school and try it I do not think that it is a school for every child because it is advanced and not all children can handel the work. Just try it and see!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2007
Well rounded school with high academic standards, art, sports, music, language!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2007
This is a beautiful school. The school has a very friendly staff and clean grounds. The extras the school boasts, like the swimming pools, air conditioned indoor gym, and on site petting zoo make it a delight for students. Clearly the best choice for a private school on the westbank.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2007
I had two children attending (3yr and 8yr olds) I had to unenroll the youngest. He was moving up from the infant center to the main building where he was going to change classes 5x throughout the day. The problem was that my child is potty trained and still requires assistance with hygiene post bowel movements as I expect that most 3 yr olds would. The teachers were not willing to help wipe these kids at all, several stated that they should have already acquired this skill. The teachers I spoke with were not at all concerned and quite frankly had a hands off attitude. These are toddlers and still require nurturing. They expect to much independence. I spoke with Arden Cahill and she offered no acceptable resolution. In fact I was told that there are 103 3 yrs olds and they could not give that type of attention.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2007
I had several children go through this school from Infant Centre to graduation of 8th grade. The school was good prior to change in principals. The school is overcrowded and they can't handle it.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
no rating August 28, 2007
It is a good school for very serious students. If your child has any trouble with schoolwork or organization skills it might not work out. a A child who responds to a challange will do well.

- submitted by a community member
August 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2007
My daughter went to Cahill when she was three. I wasn't pleased with the teachers.They push way to hard.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2007
My kids attended ACA from pre-4 to the third grade, when we unfortunately had to leave. There is just no comparison to any school we have seen. Arden Cahill is the most complete school you'll find in that area. You go there for an Academically sound education and you get a lot of lagniappe. The theatre and drama teachers are first class! You do not have to run around town to find extras. There is chess, swimming, music, multiple sports, a farm with animals, beautiful grounds, horse back riding, and Mrs. Cahill. I am still amazed at how disciplined the kids are. I get compliments daily on how well behaved my kids are, and I thank Cahill for that. If we should return to that area, we will be right back at ACA.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2007
Too crowded.Not enough individual attention for the price. Other private schools in the area a lower teacher to student ratio. School as overgrown over it's limits and can't handle the daily functions throughout the day.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2007
I attended Cahill from elementary to middle school.I enjoyed extracurricular activities. I left with low self esteem and held it until college when I joined a sorority. I believe that kids should get graded on tests, quizzes and homework instead of binder checks, cover sheets and supplies brought in.It was unfair to me that I was intelligent (scholarship for college) and made the same grade as a kid who had F's on tests, but had a binder in better condition than mine. My other siblings have all been taken out of the school.

- submitted by a former student
March 28, 2007
My child has been attending Arden Cahill Academy since Pre- k4. Up until this year he has enjoyed his education and so have we. I am seeing some of the unfortunate things that past parents warned me about. Standards based teaching says that you teach to every type of learner and this school does not.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2007
I started out with 4 kids at this school and removed 2 of them because the childcare is very substandard. As soon as my younger 2 kids are old enough to leave, they will be leaving also. The education is great between 8AM and 3PM. After that, it is a nightmare. It is very expensive for the quality of the aftercare. There is no consistency. I have had many problems with the adminstration and the aftercare help. The regular teachers are great.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2007
We have been at Cahill for over 14 years.Things have changed since.The classes were smaller and more personal. You get the feeling that there is always someone behind you who will jump in your spot.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2007
My daughter attended Arden Cahill Academy from the time she was 14 months old until she graduated from there in 8th grade. I would not trade this education for anything! She is now a student at Dominican, which is very touch academically, and is doing great. The organizational skills ALONE were well worth it, not to mention their emphasis on public speaking! They were involved plays yearly, which were always phenomenol! They have a swim team that practice in their olympic sized swimming pool and an equestrian program. What an opportunity. The price you pay may be a bit higher than most schools but isn't it worth it? Your best education should begin in preschool years and that is what Cahill strives for -- the BEST education!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
I attended Arden Cahill Academy from the age of two months old on to fourteen years old. I must say that would not trade anything for the experiences that I had at Cahill. The friends that i made are friends for life. We all still see eachother weekely. The education that I recieved from Cahill is the best that I have ever had. The teachers will not let you fail. They will push you to your fullest and I must say that I appreciate that the most. I am excelling in my classes in high school because of Cahill. I was in the top 10% of my class. Any child that has attended this school will tell you that it is the best years of their life. I still go to sporting and other functions at Cahill and see people that I went to school with. I highly recommend ACA! -Nicholas Mithun

- submitted by a former student
April 07, 2006
This has been a great school for my daughter from age 2 months to 7 years old. We are sorry to leave it for another school in another state. I agree that it is pricey, but it is well worth it. The extracurricular activities are great and even the summer camp is wonderful. I would highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2005
We have been at Cahill for 7 years (ages 2-9) and it has been fantastic. Great academics balanced with many cultural and other activities. The homework load is a bit heavy, but the education is great and small class sizes add to the experience. While not cheap, its a great value compared to its peers across the river. Our only complaint is with the office staff, which is not always helpful or friendly.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
Excellent academic programs, plus lots of extracurricular activites. High parent involvement / kids feel very connected to the school community. Infant care through 8th grade. Now that we've moved to Houston, I'm struggling to find any school that comes close to this caliber.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
Both of my children attended ACA from pre 4 through 7th grade. The school's curriculum is excellent. They were well prepared for high school. My son was the valadictrian of his high school 8th grade class and made a 28 on the ACT as a 9th grader. My daughter starts high school this year and will no doubt excell. ACA is not perfect. No school is. This school is not meant for children with learning/behavior problems or who have parents who are not willing to help their children study. This school pushes each child to do their best. Extra-curricular activities are fantastic, drama, chorus, golf, tennis,football,voleyball, swimming, basketball, softball, baseball, crosscounty etc. -Susan

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2004
I have two kids attending Arden Cahill. I think this school is the best advantage any kid can acquire when just starting school. I was affraid when my kids first started school, I didn't think they would feel comfortable with the teachers and staff or the other kids. The staff and kids were great. My kids are sure of every thing they do and say. They are eager to learn and want to go to school. Their teaching methods are proving to be wonderful. My kids are proof. I think every kid should experience the Arden Cahill experience at least once in their life. Thanks for the sturdy foundation.The theatre has also taught my son not to be affraid to stand up in front of people and talk or perform.

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September 17, 2004
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Arden Cahill Academy
3101 Wall Boulevard, Gretna, LA  70056
(504) 392-0902
Last modified Arden Cahill Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Arden Cahill Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top