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K-12
Public charter
New Orleans, LA
Students enrolled: 1,709
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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5624 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

(504) 304-3960
(504) 861-1839
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October 20, 2014
Lusher has many good things going for it but as with many schools its all about testing. The administration has become very strict with how deal with minor infractions of its students especially boys. There are some very inspired teachers here that are dedicated and a handful that should reconsider teaching as a profession.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2014
I am a UNO student working on my Master of Arts in Teaching. I would recommend this school to everyone, regardless of age or ability. A struggling student might excel here because the culture nurtures hard work. Today I met a teacher in the hallway. "What do you teach?" "Engineering." To which I replied, "This is a high school, right?" He explained a K - 12 program that mirrors university work. Sounds like these guys believe that if you expect the best, and your kids will surprise the heck out of you.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2014
I've been hearing about this schools outstanding achievements and can't wait til my daughter is old enough to attend!

- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2013
This school is definitely an above average school. The students are well behaved, and there is a lot of dialogue between the administration and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2013
Wow! This is, without a doubt, not just one of the best schools in New Orleans- it has to be one of the best schools in the United States. We have done it all: private school, parochial, and "blue ribbon" public in the northeast. Lusher leaves them all in the dust. Th arts-based education is what most parents only dream of: the perfect combination of academics and the music and art that make New Orleans special. Every morning the children have an outdoor concert with dancing, the pride rules emphasize kindness, and the parental involvement is second-to-none. We received a very generous job offer in another state, but refused it to keep the children at Lusher. I'm just jealous I didn't get to attend myself.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2012
(continued from prev review) of the class, at the expense of going through more curriculum. While this is certainly appreciable, there are some kids who just don't have a very great appreciation for learning. There should be programs to encourage those who fall behind, as well as reward those who are a cut above their class. That being said, I realize the financial constraints these programs may impose on the school, and the "gifted program" does attempt to address this. However, the very nature of the gifted program at NOPS is a faulty one. The school receives greater funding for reporting more gifted students, so naturally it does. Consequently, what we get is a system where a large majority of the kids are gifted when they shouldn't be. This means the teaching process is not ideal. It goes too fast for some kids and not fast enough for others. Some kids fall behind in a vicious cycle, and the best and brightest don't reach their full potential. Lusher isn't ideal for everyone, but I have known plenty of people who went through Lusher, Ben Franklin, and then on to great colleges (myself included). In retrospect, there are many superior schools throughout the country - private

- submitted by a community member
June 21, 2011
Lusher is an amazing school. It's student body is diverse. The arts focus is strong and strengthens the academics. The leadership is focused and consistent. The students are challenged. Overall the experience is far stronger and more rounded because of the addition of the arts, something that places Lusher heads and tails above its academics-only rivals. Two of my three children graduated from Lusher; the third (who attended the "other" academically superior high school) wishes she had stayed.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
Lusher is a great school, academically. There are many things, though, that it can change. Even as a charter school, I feel that each year I am asked more and more for money that I don't see benefiting my child whatsoever. Lusher staff holds grudges on students that have messed up in the past a little and they don't treat all of their students fairly.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
dedicated teachers that make students think for themselves

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2010
My graduated in 2009 and had a fabulous experience being a "Lusher" kid! I love the programs, teachers, staff and the unique students who attend.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
I love everything about this school...the teachers and staff are incredible. May daughter adores her teachers and her studies! This is a grade A school. A+ A+ A+

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
Lusher is a great community school.

- submitted by a community member
August 16, 2010
Boys of color receive harsh discipline and large numbers of suspensions. This school lacks cultural competence. The school has little oversight and can treat students and parents as the administration chooses.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
I absolutely love this school. The parent involvement is good, the teachers diverse, and the atmosphere is great! It is the best school in New Orleans.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2010
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November 18, 2009
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November 02, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 05, 2009
I love the diversity and the community that is created.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Best public school in New Orleans. Great Arts program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Lusher has excellent and caring teachers and staff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
I love its diversity and emphasis on the arts. Lusher has an hour-long exploratories class every day. The students attend a different arts-related subject for two-month time slots through out the year. Each child gets an opportunity to try dance, drama, visual art, music (including time with instruments) and sports as well, during the school year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Lusher Charter School is very close to our home. It has a stellar learning environment where the children are treated as individuals. My daughter is a sophomore and is working on her second college course.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
Compared to most, Lusher is a very untraditional school which is why it was such a good fit for me. All the students here tend to be very different yet also very accepting of each other, and while some kind blow off school work (which I suppose is why I've met some people who say Lusher is the 'easy school'), I've found my classes to be fairly challenging. Honestly you get out what you put in here which has so far been pretty worth it for me. The arts here are probably some of the best programs in the city, so if you're looking for a good arts education without having to be as focused on it as you might at NOCCA then it's a pretty nice mixture. But again, you get out what you put into it.

- submitted by a student
September 16, 2009
faculty, parental involvement and support, arts training, diversity

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2009
With 3 children, I have been a parent of a Lusher student for over 8 years. The best part about Lusher is the caring nature of the envirionment, the racial and economic diversity and the immersion of the arts. The teachers there amaze me every day, they go above and beyond. When discussing another high school option, my son emphasized, 'Sure, the teachers there care about how the school does, but at Lusher, they care about you. That said it all.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
While Lusher has so wonderful positive aspects, there is just too much work piled on the kids. Knowing that college adults spend maybe 3 hours at school per day and sometimes have maybe an hour or two of homework, the kids at Lusher having 6-10 hours of school work plus homework is a bit ridiculous.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 19, 2009
The school needs more oversight. They do not handle children well who do not fit the 'Lusher way'

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
my child has tooooo much homework with this school. this school overwelms me and my child and we are so stressed out. its a good school but it doesnt matter how hard your child tried, they just give you what they give you.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 24, 2009
My daughter comes home from school each day happy, and full of new knowledge to share with the family. When she talks about her day at school she smiles and shares her wonderful experiences. Lusher has the cream of the crop in every aspect of the school, thank you.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2009
Outstanding school. Supportive of the students. Good communication with parents. Excellent Arts programs.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2008
Lusher fulfills the promise of your ideal school. High academics, arts, warmth, power, diversity, and wellness contribute to the forming of their children. The entrance process is cut and dry, very fair.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2008
I think this is the best school in New Orleans!

- submitted by a community member
November 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 15, 2008
My son has attended Lusher since kindergarten. He has enjoyed everything about the school. The teachers for the most part are caring and talented. Lusher has changed a bit since it became a charter school. However, it is a great school, with a great leader who I believe is still committed to this city, its culture, and all students of any background.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2008
I only attended Lusher for a short period of time before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and I have to say that it was by far the best school I have ever attended. The academics weren't to hard to handle but I still got a quality learning experience. I highly recommend this school. It is unquestionably one of the best schools in Orleans Parish.

- submitted by a community member
June 30, 2008
My girls had a fabulous experience at lusher. They were prepared academically and socially for college.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2008
Lusher High School has been such a gift to New Orleans. My children are growing not only as scholars but also as responsible, kind, thinking youg adults.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 24, 2008
Lusher teachers are not leaving. We have the best in the city. The diversity and thirst for high academic standards make Lusher a great place for students to thrive. It is truly a child centered place with teachers who are amaczing and parent who sekk the best in educational opportunities for their children.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
March 05, 2008
My daughter is a second grader and we all love it. It is such a positive place to learn. After Katrina, my daughter attended two other schools and none held a candle to Lusher both academically and socially. One of the schools expected her to be behind because she was from a 'New Orleans school' but she was actually ahead of them. We were so glad to return after the hurricane.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2008
I love Lusher! Go Lions!

- submitted by a student
December 15, 2007
I love going to Lusher. I get top-quality artistic, academic, and extra-curricular education. The school is incredibly diverse with every kind of kid imaginable. All of them are dedicated, smart, and hard workers. The teachers are the best in the city. The campus is amazing...Lusher is the best!

- submitted by a student
December 04, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 10, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 05, 2007
Lusher is a wonderful school! Filled with arts education, a safe campus and a vast grounds, on both campuses, what more could you want?

- submitted by a student
September 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2006
Lusher celebrates diversity, arts, and academics. It is successful because of the caring teachers and the amazing administrators. The best thing about Lusher is that it is so diverse! And they all learn and become great students.

- submitted by a student
May 18, 2006
Lusher is now a charter school, every week we are losing teachers, because of the charter low pay. my child is having a rough time adjusting to the change in teachers. I will take my child out and place them in a more caring setting.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
I have children attending Lusher Elementary. As an African-American parent I feel that it is difficult to have African-American children get accepted into this school. It is also hard to have them remain there. Since Katrina, my children have come home with distrubing racial remarks being told to them. Through dealing with 'some' of the staff, I have sensed a bit of racism. Academically, Lusher is great. I'm not too sure about socially. If the racial divide toward (mainly) African-Americans can change, Lusher would be the best.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2006
Post Katrina Report - Lusher has become a charter school which means that it is still a public school, but it has the ability to form its own governance rather than always having to wait on the school board (which is not even close to returning to full operations). About 80% of the staff/teachers/students have been able to return, and the school was able to hire some of the best teachers from other schools that haven't reopened to fill its ranks. Testing is still required for enrollment except for the in-district students, and there are always more applicants than spots available. The academics are great. The Art after Hours program (fees and scholarships) gives the children a chance to continue learning after the normal school hours - great for working parents. Parental involvement is very high. Lusher is a wonderful experience for culture, diversity, the arts and academics.

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February 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2005
High performing, nurturing school. Best and hardest working teachers you'll find anywhere. Admin. is top notch. Kids love this place!!!!

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October 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2005
Lusher is the best public school choice in New Orleans. Its diversity of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds make it unique. The teachers and administrators make Lusher the best it can be for each student. The arts integration along with many nationally certified teachers make Lusher a great place for your child's education.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2005
Lusher is a wonderful school with caring, supportive teachers.

- submitted by a student
August 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2005
I am the daughter of an immigrant from a poor Central American country. Lusher exposed me to a school family composed of others that were both culturally and economically different from me and fostered friendships that have lasted 11 yrs post my 8th grade graduation. Lusher provided me with the education and good learning skills that facilitated my future graduation with a Master s from Tulane. As a person financially able to send my future children to any school in the city I would absolutely, unequivocally choose Lusher as the only option. I will always be grateful to Lusher.

- submitted by a former student
February 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2004
My son tested to attend Lusher Elementary as a CWAS student and I am fortunate that he tested high enough to secure a high enough spot on the waiting list for Kindergarten. Thankfully we secured a spot and could not be happier. Lusher is both culturally and economically diverse and accurately reflects our society at large. I don't know why there are folks in the community claiming 'elitisms' about the school. This school should be a model for the majority of schools in Orleans Parish. The curriculum is arts and humanities strong with motivated teachers and very active parent group. Overall, I could not be more happy with the quality of education my son is receiving at Lusher. And as he recently asked his principal, when will Lusher High School begin??

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2004
Lusher is an incredible learning and social environment. It's racial balanace is about 50-50 which is a tremendous advantage for children. I have a hard time understanding the school's lilly white reputation. The school should be a model for all schools. Afterall it is consistenly the #1 ranked accademic public school in the state.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2004
As an alumni of Lusher, I could not have hoped for a better school to attend. This school molded me into wanting to learn. the more i was taught the more i wanted, they provided me with an exceptional education to lead me to a quality high school... Thank you Lusher.

- submitted by a former student
September 29, 2003
The teachers at this school really go beyond the call of duty to nurture kids and help them learn. We have top scores and happy kids. If a child is struggling, all you have to do is ask for help. The teachers bend over backward. There is also lots of parent involvement. You get to know the families there, plus have lots of ways to contribute to the school's success.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2003
I am so happy to have grown up as a lusher student. I don't think it would be possible for a child to feel more secure, respected, or loved than lusher made me feel. Not only is it a beautiful, diverse, and encouraging environment, but I also got a great education. Five years after graduating from lusher, I realize what a huge impact it made on my life. I would urge every parent in the greater new orleans area to send their child to such a phenomenal school.

- submitted by a former student
August 11, 2003
The teachers are great, I find to be very involved with the children as individuals. I love how the teachers take the time to get to know their students individual personalities and cater their teaching to the child's abilities and thus encourages the students educational growth.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2003
Lusher is a great school for any child to attend, but it seems to me, that African-American students have a hard time being accepted into the school, as well as, staying enrolled in the school. I feel that the African-American children are not being treated fairly, academically, as the other ethnical groups of children. The mission of Lusher is not being practiced in the school system.

- submitted by a parent
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Lusher Charter School
5624 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA  70115
(504) 304-3960
Last modified Lusher Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lusher Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 67 reviews. Top