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Lusher Charter School

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Posted April 29, 2014

I've been hearing about this schools outstanding achievements and can't wait til my daughter is old enough to attend!


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 13, 2010

dedicated teachers that make students think for themselves
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 21, 2010

Lusher is a great community school.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 5, 2009

I love the diversity and the community that is created.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Best public school in New Orleans. Great Arts program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Lusher has excellent and caring teachers and staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 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


Posted October 3, 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


Posted October 3, 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


Posted September 16, 2009

faculty, parental involvement and support, arts training, diversity
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
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The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

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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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The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

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The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

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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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 70% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

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The state average for Social Studies was 68% in 2013.

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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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 69% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

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The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

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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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 64% in 2010.

118 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2010.

118 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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Scale: % basic or above

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

English Language Arts

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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The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

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The state average for Social Studies was 70% in 2013.

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About the tests


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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 69% in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 82% in 2013.

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 87% in 2013.

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English II

The state average for English II was 93% in 2013.

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The state average for English III was 88% in 2013.

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The state average for Geometry was 83% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the End-Of-Course (EOC) tests to test grade high school students in English 2, English 3, biology 1, algebra 1 and geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The EOC is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

Source: LA Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 52% 47%
Black 32% 45%
Hispanic 7% 4%
Two or more races 5% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24%N/A67%
Male 48%N/A51%
Female 52%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Nurse(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Kathleen H Riedlinger
Fax number
  • (504) 861-1839

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Nurse(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Gym
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Arts & music

Music
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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5624 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone: (504) 304-3960

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