we were newcomers there. neither we or are children were made to feel welcome. The children are mean and clique-ish and there is a whole cadre of parents, mostly moms, who foster this attitude by their own example. The whole school feels like some sort of exclusive club.
We love everything about this school. The teachers and administrators are all wonderful and very caring. I call it an infectious school. Its four principles have captivated our family and you truly feel it radiating from the campus. Be Kind, Be responsible, be respectful to people and property and always do you best work. Literally walking in the gate in the morning and you feel the kindness. AND Morning meeting is WONDERFUL!!!! i look forward to it everyday! It's entertaining and informative and seeing the kids sing and dance EVERY day is inspiring!! Also i would guess that typically 200 other parents are there every morning watching and enjoying morning meeting just like me. Great time to socialize and get involved or just give that last hug and kiss to your child as they head off to class. I think all the quantitative data shows the academic superiority of the school and that alone makes it great, but all the intangibles, the creativity and love oozing from it, is what makes it WAY WAY WAY beyond EXCELLENT!!! From 1-5 its an 11
I hate every high school aspect of Lusher. The dress code is too strict to say we are an "arts school". How are the students supposed to show ff their creativity with being told how to dress? Some of the administration holds grudges against students who have messed up in the past and that's unprofessional. My high school experience at Lusher is at a 1 on a scale from one to ten; one being the lowest. I regret staying at Lusher for high school and i hate it.
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.
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.
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.