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Metairie Academy For Advanced Studies

Public | PK-5 | 453 students

 
 

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Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014

My school is Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies. When my grandson was accepted into MAAS, I was not very familiar with its programs, goals, and methods. Having a Masters Degree in Teaching, I was interested to learn why this school was preferred by so many parents, and so difficult to gain admission. I try to attend as many activities as possible, assist my grandson with homework, etc. The child is bright, but it takes a school such as this one to enable the child to "rise to the occasion." Yes, the work seems sometimes overwhelming, but mastering it gives him a great sense of accomplishment. My grandson's vocabulary and language skills are extraordinary, he is much more focused than in other school settings. The teaching staff is excellent, as is administration. I feel that MAAS is affording him a great foundation for higher education.


Posted March 17, 2014

My child is in PreK at Metairie Academy. The curriculum is rigorous, my child is happy and I absolutely love the school. Metairie Academy has exceeded my expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

My Grandson is in a gifted Pre-K class. In just the few weeks he has been in school he has learned so much. I can't wait to see him at the end of Pre-K.


Posted August 15, 2011

It surely is a great school. If your child is doing progressing according to his/her age and enjoys learning at the age of 4 .. parents get him/her tested for metairie academy. Beacause you want your child to be exposed to the currculum to stimulate the mind to keep up with his calliber. My son and daughter both scored above 99.9 for the test and school is just the right fit for them. It is certainly not about pushing the child and giving overload homework. They make sure the kids learn what they need to rather than those schools which will focus on just following school board mandate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2011

My daughter has been going to Metairie Academy since second grade. Before her second grade year she went to St. Catherine of Siena, what a joke academically. She went from making straight A's at St. Catherine, never studying a day in her life, to making A/B's at Metairie Academy. My daughter has never had 5 hours of homework, so I am not sure what others are speaking of? I have only one complaint and that is the P.E. teachers speak to the children way too harshly, and so do some of the 5th grade teachers. My daughter loves school, but hates more than half of her teachers. They really need to pay closer attention to the parents comments on the teachers actions, they side with the teachers automatically. Academically the school is great if your child is gifted!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2011

Great school! My daughter loves this school. She is in Pre-K and is learning so much. I can't wait to see what Kindergarten is like.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2010

Excellent academics. Poor communication. Does not have a nuturing environment. Lots of screaming and yelling by teachers and especially coaches, which truly breaks the spirit of the children. Sad that it has so much potential, but falls short.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

Because the education is diverse; the children are so creative; and because is affords those who could not pay for a better education.


Posted February 16, 2009

I love my school. the teachers are nice, and make sure we stay focused on our work. The behavior system is excellent, but is a bit too much. The only downside is that there is a bit too much homework, sometimes so much, it takes 5 hrs. to complete. It's also a bit unorganized. For example, they send home a reminder for the bakesale a day before, or they don't post the homework. Overall, it's a excellent school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2008

There are pros and cons to Metairie Academy. Certainly, the work offered the students is more interesting/challenging than they would find at any mainstream school. The downside is that, somewhere along the way, 'quantity' replaced 'quality' in the teachers' approach. In other words, they throw so much at these kids all at once, that nothing 'sticks.' Sure, if the kids 'cram' for tests, they can make the grade but, ask them the same material in a week and it's gone. The school would be better served in teaching a bit less and giving the students time to absorb it. You can tell that they are teaching to standardized testing schedules by the way they just keep shoving more and more at these kids. Someone needs to point out that we are educating children for a lifetime, not just for this year's LEAP. And, some basics are simply skipped - like phonics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2008

This school was a living nightmare for my child.As a straight A student, he entered this school with ambition and hope.I saw this part of him shrink every day as he was unable to finish the heavy work load, and the 5+hours of homework per night.The parent/teacher meeting we attended was also a tragedy. It turned out to be a shouting match between the teachers and parents.One teacher was very rude!This set the tone for a constant conflict.Rather than working together with the families of the kids to make sure they succeed, it seems they did everything they could to make it impossible.I talked with several other parents who were having similar problems, and we all decided that we were not going to let this school rob our kids of their childhood, and their joy. I feel sorry for the kids who still go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2007

I was thrilled two years ago. My son was in a private school...now there was a school that would cater to what he needed as a student. We have been at Metairie Academy for three years. Each year has been different. The work challenges the kids to think and do differently...higher order thinking. I love the fact that my son wants to go to school. He loves school so much that at the end of last school year...he was very upset. I have never met a child that did not look forward to summer vacation. This kid would rather be in school. My hat is off to the teachers and prinicipal for making school a place where students want to go. The school is making strides to upgrade the facilities, of course with the help of dedicated parents. Hopefully, my almost four year old will be able to attend next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2007

We came from the Catholic school system and I have found that my childrens' needs - academically and psychologically - are met so much better at Metairie Academy. Here they flourish because their gifted quirkiness is celebrated. My only concern is that some of the staff does not understand that 'gifted' does not mean 'possessing innate knowledge.' In other words, just because children are exceptionally bright does not mean they don't need an adequate amount of instruction before they are expected to have mastered any topic. Sometimes material is breezed through too quickly. While these bright kids loathe redundancy, even they need a bit of healthy repetition to fully grasp some things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2007

The school academics are wonderful and the teachers and principle are wonderful! The school however is horrible, I'm actually afraid for the children who use the bathroom facilities ... deplorable! They don't even have soap dispensers in some. This school is in desperate need of repair and TLC!!! Concerned Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2007

I have two children at Metairie Academy, and this is our third year here. The work is challenging but interesting, not the rote memorization of dull facts that I recall from elementary school. The school is also the most recially diverse school I have seen in Jefferson or Orleans Parish. Many teachers incorporate the differences in cultural backgrounds into lessons, giving students a broader cultural education than most schools. While it is my understanding that the school is not actually a true magnet, but an advanced school, it doesn't really matter because the level of education is excellent. My only complaint would be a sometimes lax discipline policy regarding behavior problems, and a catering to those parents who don't seem to believe that their little angels sometimes do misbehave. Regardless, it still offers a better education than the other public schools and most Catholic or private schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2007

Academically, this school is excellent compared to the average school - public or private. The students are not your average students, though. Many people think of this as the school for gifted students and that is not what it is. The kids are bright, many are gifted. But outside of the great staff 5 or 6 gifted teachers, there is very little knowledge of the emotional, social and intellectual needs of gifted children. Principal is great. Very committed. Aftercare and morning care are a joke. No meaningful supervision at all. The entire facility is in a state of disrepair. This school looks like paradise only when compared to other public schools in the greater New Orleans area. If you have a child who can do this work, and you want a public school, this is as good as it gets.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

My granddaughter just finished PreK at Metairie Academy. She had a great year and learned a lot. Her teachers were wonderful. My only quarrel is with the reward system of discipline and with the fact that it is difficult for preK parents to learn the ropes because of the no walk in nature of the school, The grandparents club started this year was a great resource (I'm a grandma, not a mom to this student)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2006

This is an excellent school. I am very pleased with the academic quality at Metairie Academy. It is so amazing with the math and reading curriculm. The principal is amazing and works with the children very well. Nora Held
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

This is an absolutely fantastic school. The mix of children is great. The children that attend this school are just different than your regular school of kids. This is our third year and I couldn t be happier. There is a good amount of parental involvement. The teachers are energetic and original and fun. The school has numerous electives available each nine weeks to all the kids. The kids learn most of their material in class which to me is the way it should be. They are reading books several grades ahead of their grade level. Math is taught a grade level up and you receive credit a grade level up on your report card (i.e. 4th grade kids get credit for completing the 5th grade math curriculum). The principal is fantastic. I have no complaints whatsoever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2005

This is an excellent school for gifted/advanced students. Be prepared to work extremely hard. The textbooks used are more sophisticated than those found at any other school, private or public. It can take up to 2 hours daily to complete homework assignments and study adequately for tests. The math curriculum is especially impressive, as it goes way beyond standard computations. Instead of having a reading textbook, students read award-winning children's novels. The school's offering of electives shows that it cares about the students' other interests besides education. Thus, in order to foster an emotionally healthy student population, parents should remember that our children are, first and foremost, children. They just also happen to be academically advanced. It should not be about how many grades were skipped to get to this point.
—Submitted by a parent


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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

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In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

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The state average for English Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program for the 21st Century (LEAP 21) to assess students in grades 4 and 8 in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The LEAP 21 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 49%
Asian 19% 1%
Two or more races 6% 1%
Black 5% 45%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A66%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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201 Metairie Road
Metairie, LA 70005
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