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Isidore Newman School

Private | PK-12 | 918 students


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Posted April 9, 2013

Isidore Newman School is a horrible school. Most of the kids, as well as teachers there are snobs. The high school has HORRIBLE drug problems. The teachers are mean to any lower schooler, unless their parents have money. Newman wants perfect children, and if your child has a different belief or way of thinking, they will either want him/her changed or kicked out of Newman. I speak from experience. The "wealthier" children there also exclude (even in lower school), as well as tease on other kids. They also care about money and where you live. Don't go to Newman, just a piece of advice. You are paying a bunch of money for people to mess up your kid.

Posted May 18, 2012

I have a sixth grader at Newman - no better school in New Orleans - hands down. If someone feels they have been treated poorly because of their socio-economic status, please bring this to the attention of your advisor. I find the kids to be upbeat, fun and competitive - all tools which will help them achieve. Faculty and admin are very responsive - facilities and extra curricular programs top notch. If you are in the "market", please take a visit.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 28, 2011

In my opinion, Newman is the best school in the New Orleans area. With the highest level of academia as well as a great amount of offered assistance in the classroom setting, it sets the standards for education. There is no doubt that students from Newman go off to do greater and more impressive things as well as excel in a college setting no matter what their grades were while attending the school itself. The only downside of this school is the price, but it is well worth it for the level of education and preparedness that it allows its students to feel when they depart for their college careers. With this being said, Newman is one of if not the best choice for schooling in the New Orleans area.

Posted June 21, 2011

If education is a priority, this is the school for your kids!!! We are not rich or affluent but are willing to pay the premium in order for our kids to get the very best education available today. Neither of my children find the school pretentious or snobby.....quite the opposite in fact. Everyone we have ever been in contact with has been warm, understanding and eager to help our children be the best students they can. Teacher / parent communication is outstanding and there is genuine caring and concern for the students well being. LOVE LOVE this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 20, 2010

I cannot say enough good things about Newman. The only downside is the price tag. Thankfully they also offer a lot of financial aid. The teachers and administrators are the very best. If we weren't moving, we'd have all of our children at Newman until college. The absolute best education a child can have, i my opinion!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 1, 2010

I am a student in middle school, and I absolutely love it. The schoolwork is sometimes overwhelming, but not over the top. I am very athletic, and I love the sports program. My friends are the best even though there are cliques. Even though Newman is pretty dang expensive, no one judges eachother by it. Overall, once again, I have to say Newman is pretty great!
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 14, 2009

Newman is a school for your typical over-achieving snobby rich kid. Kids discriminate kids for the smallest things. The Academics are good but if you have a struggling student due to either lack of interest or learning disabilities this is definitely not the school for you. Teachers are more interested in the children who are successful instead of figuring out what's wrong with the kids who aren't. Personally I will never send my kids to this institution because I wouldn't want them to turn into to people like my fellow classmates.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 22, 2009

I am a recent grad from Newman and went there for 13 years. I had an amazing experience and was able to participate in sports, debate, theater, student government, and other activities as well as get a top-notch education that has served me well in college and allowed my classmates and I to graduate as well rounded adults. Newman has always had excellent athletics and is now significantly expanding its arts department (including dance studios and more drama opportunities). The Head of School is really involved and the faculty is great (I still keep in touch with some of them). I never found the students there to be snobby or felt the need to be 'socially connected' (because I definitely was not). If anything Newman has become more and more diverse over the years.
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Posted October 26, 2008

Academically, this is a great school. The majority of the students are very intelligent, and are interested in getting a good education, and most of the teachers are top-notch as well. The athletic and instrumental programs are also very strong. However, this school is the most elitist, snobby schools I have ever attended. Because I do not come from the same wealthy background as the other students, my siblings and I were often excluded and shunned by the numerous cliques of snobby, spoiled children. We have since moved to another state (due to Hurricane Katrina), and we are all much happier and content at public school. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this institution to anyone but children from rich families with social connections.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 22, 2008

You're correct in that Newman is no longer the school it was before Katrina. It's more open, more focused, and stronger than it has been in the 14 years my children have been there. With administrators from some of the nation's best schools (Choate, Lawrenceville, Pace) and a Head of School from the top-ranked Cherry Hill School District, the future of Newman is brighter than ever. There's an energy and an excitement that wasn't there before. The children are stimulated and cutting-edge ideas are being implemented in the classroom. You are right - Newman and New Orleans are not the same as they were before Katrina.
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Posted September 15, 2008

I agree that Newman is no longer the best. I had 2 children (one high school, one middel)at Newman and moved one after Katrina because of an elitist mentality and a lack of communication on the part of the faculty. I am close to moving the other child, there are many weak links at Newman today. It pays to look at other schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 14, 2008

Keep a close eye on Newman over the course of the next several months- their achievements are stronger than ever attracting administration and faculty from top tier educational institutions around the country.
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Posted January 29, 2008

Newman is no longer the school that is was before Katrina. As a well educated parent familiar with other private schools, I can tell you that Newman is hanging on its prior achievements. We removed our child based on extreme unhappiness and the ambivalent attitude of those in charge. Be very careful in selecting this school - look around first!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 7, 2005

Exceptionally high quality education specifically focused on language and math. Teaches how to build a strong work ethic and prepare for college. Challenges students to excel in all academic areas. Excellent athletic program.
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Posted August 12, 2004

Isidore Newman School is very professional with a large variety of student activities that allow the children to discover different ideas and to explore the way these ideas work. While the school is very strict on the appropriate rules that they have set, the students are still allowed to make some of there own decisions like they will have to do eventually as they branch out on their own. The children can choose many of their own classes and can even choose to complete some courses during the summer in order to have more free time to catch up on the more diffucult classes during the year. Newman has very high expectations of its students and those who are eligable to go to the school are almost guaranteed a successful life there after.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 21, 2004

I believe Newman is the best school anyone of any race, religion, or background can go to. It has an amazing array of extra-curriculars, from the Culture Club to the nationally recongnized dabate team to Summerbridge to anything any could possibly be interested in. The sports teams are excellent, including many state champ. teams. Of course, Newman is one of the best college prep schools in the country. Everyone goes to college, many to ivy leage and other prestigous schools. The teachers all really care about what they are doing and the Newman Parent's Association is always looking for volunteers and stays very involved with the school.
—Submitted by a student

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 47%
Black 11% 45%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
Hispanic 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
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  • Thomas J. Locke PhD
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