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New Orleans, LA
Students enrolled: 741
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5712 South Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125

(504) 324-7500
(504) 862-5123
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August 01, 2014
I had withdrawn my daughter from a local private school during the 2012-2013 school year and enrolled her at McMain. That was one of the best things I could have done for my child. The curriculum at McMain is superior and comparable to both public and private schools across the nation. The administrators show concern for the students and I was truly impressed as both a parent and citizen of New Orleans. I would also like to commend the teachers who I have also found to be dedicated to the success of the students and concerned. As a New Orleans native I am also pleased that McMain has not allowed their school to become exploited and commercialized by transplants who arrived post-Katrina. Congratulations, McMain!

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2012
MS. FRICK, Please come back! The staff needs your professionalism and your leadership. Ohh, how the school has changed, not for the betterment of the school either. The acting Assistant Principal, Ms. Skidmore, is no replica of you, NOT EVEN A PINCH. The school's rating is being reflected upon the head of the school and ITS NOT GOOD! THE ENTIRE SCHOOL NEEDS YOU!! PLEASE COME BACK!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2012
Ms. Frick was the reason why I wanted my child to attend McMain. She was firm, she disciplined, and most of all she cared about ALL her students. It's obvious she didn't have a say in appointing her staff. I've never witnessed women, who are suppose to be professional, act so ignorant in my life! They have no telephone ethnics, they can't hold a sensible conversation with parents, and most importantly they don't listen! Ms. Skidmore runs McMain like she has no pride in the school at all! Students are always in the hall, they curse like sailors in the presence of parents and teachers, and she condones the actions of her staff when they're blatantly wrong! Ms. Horn is the most ignorant secretary in the entire school system and Ms. Henderson needs to actually teach her students and not bring her kid to school as if it were a nursery! The school wreaks of mold and mildew and Ms. Frick can't return until the conditions of the school improves. No, McMain hasn't always been like this, but it's reputation has been tarnished since Ms. Frick's departure. Too bad my child won't be there when she returns. Ms. Frick, you're deeply missed. GET WELL SOON!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
Teachers are very rude & have attitude porblems. I AM A STUDENT at McMain & I have experinced first hand of their attitude & the princpal the same mind-set has the teachers. Students aren't friendly at all, do not know how to treat eachother, work is harder;; but going to get extra help after school, is not an option since I went before & I didn't get the help I needed. Teacher sat on computer & on phone. She answered my questions vaugley & without much detail to what I need to know.

- submitted by a community member
June 15, 2012
I have to agree with the post on August 11, 2011. I could care less about Little Wayne, but the poster on October 24, 2011 is speaking of an entirely different McMain -- pre-Katrina. My son attends, and if I could pull him out, but we just don't have that many other options. Not only are the teachers loud (ok, not ALL of them) but I have seen the principal in action, literally going off on a parent. It was very unprofessional. The caliber of students is not the same as it was, the metal detector at the front door is alarming, to say the least, and my husband, who is a graduate of McMain is shocked to see how much the school has changed. So, the "facts" for Oct. 24 and Aug. 11 can be completely different, but both correct.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2012
This school is not what it used to be. This is a disgrace to all Mustang pride in previous Alumnis

- submitted by a community member
October 24, 2011
BEFORE YOU TRY TO TARNISH MY ALMA MATERS CHARACTER, PLEASE GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT...THIS IS DIRECTED TO THE PARENT WHO SUBMITTED ON AUGUST 11, 2011. LIL WAYNE DID NOT GRADUATE FROM MCMAIN BUT HE DID GO THERE UP UNTIL 8TH GRADE. WHILE ATTENDING, HE WAS HELD TO THE SAME STANDARDS THAT ALL STUDENTS ARE AND MAINTAINED THAT EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE THAT HAS ALWAYS SET MCMAIN APART. HE WAS A STRAIGHT "A" STUDENT WHILE THERE, BY THE WAY...AND AS HE HAS SHOWN THE WORLD, VERY TALENTED..I AM A VERY PROUD MEMBER OF THE CLASS OF 2000 AND I WENT ON TO GRADUATE FROM AN IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL. I HAVE A VERY SUCCESSFUL CAREER. MY CLASSMATES ARE THE DOCTORS WHO YOU SEE WHEN YOU ARE SICK, THE LAWYERS YOU GO TO FOR LEGAL ISSUES, THE SCIENTIST WHO DEVELOP THE MEDICINE YOU ARE PRESCRIBED, AND THE NURSES WHO ARE CARING TO YOU. YOU JUST DID YOUR DAUGHTER A GREAT DISJUSTICE. I HAVE LIVED ALL OVER THE WORLD, ALL BEFORE 30. MCMAIN ALWAYS HAS BEEN AND ALWAYS WILL BE A SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE.

- submitted by a community member
August 11, 2011
This is where Lil Wayne graduated from... Think about that. terrible teachers, students are rowdy and have absolutely no manners. I took my daughter out of this school after 2 months.

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January 06, 2010
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no rating December 03, 2009
The school is very nice all of the students are focused and they are all ready to succeed and go on with there lives they want to make something of there lives the teachers are awesome and the really get into the lesson i love this school and im sure the other kids do as well

- submitted by a student
October 27, 2009
Now i look at these reviews and they make mcmain seem like it's all that. It's really not. I feel like the teachers here are very qualified but some just don't have any quality in their teaching. Nowadays most students don't take the initiative and do the work own their own and take that extra mile, the teacher makes it worst because of lack in quality of teaching. And also the 'office people' are not that welcoming. I'm not going to go into detail but, they're are a bunch of hypocrites. I believe, them, being the heart of leadership at this school they should set the example for everyone. I often see the visitors (parents mostly) and they think the school is so dandy but they just don't know.

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October 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
A fine school meeting its students needs and showing students from a variety of backgrounds that they can achieve.

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October 01, 2009
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September 23, 2009
I am a current senior at McMain Secondary and I love it. The leadership that is represented to us through our teachers and administrators remains un-parrelled!!! Our school provides both a rigorous curriculum and a safe learning environment. Each day I wear my uniform proudly and I take pride in saying that I am a McMain Mustang!

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September 06, 2009
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September 04, 2009
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August 13, 2009
mcmain is an excellent school with top of the line education i am a current student of mcmain and i have improved my skills of learning tremendously and if you want your student to have the best education then send him/her to Eleanor Lauria mcmain. you wont regret it!!!!!

- submitted by a student
August 12, 2009
I graduated from McMain in the class of 2008. I attended McMain for 7-12 grades. At first I considered McMain one of the top learning facilities in all of New Orleans. How ever I must digress as this changed over the years as I ascended in grade into high school. The school was deteriotating rapidly both the building and the people within. THe students became rowdy and and unruly which caused the teachers to become nonchalant about whether or not any of the students passed or failed. Personally I did not blame them. I did my share and gained the approval and trust of many members of the faculty members on a positive noe. The faculty and some of it's members played a part in this decline but the bulk of the blame rests with the school board i believe.

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July 20, 2009
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June 17, 2009
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May 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2009
I give my school five stars because it is a school where students are welcomed with open arms and leave the school with more wrinkles on their brains, meaning that your child will leave mcmain with more knowledge, than when they came in the school.

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May 03, 2009
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April 26, 2009
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March 22, 2009
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March 22, 2009
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no rating December 09, 2008
As I was reading the reviews for this high school, I was very suprised by how misleading they were. Some of these reviews make this school sound like the best of the best, with a great staff, and the dream curriculum. I disagree completely. I graduated from McMain in the class of 2008. I felt most of the time as if I was not being challenged, with the exception of a few teachers. A lot of teachers and especially other staff members (the principal, people in the office, etc.) were extremely unprofessional and condescending. I have rarely ever felt welcome or safe in that school. I felt ill prepared for college compared to other students who attended other schools. I feel that McMain doesn't encourage students to pursue their education with vigor. The faculty and staff at McMain didnt care at all about the well being of the students.

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November 03, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating October 10, 2008
I love this school.The teachers work with me and they are very patient.I must say we have awesome counselors as well. They listen to you and help you with all of your problems.I am proud to be a part of McM!

- submitted by a student
September 29, 2008
When I was in high school back in the 70's, McMain was one of the top schools. I'm having mixed feelings about allowing my daughter to attend the school. My daughter went to an out of state Intermediate and Sr. High School and both schools were very organized, the staff was very courteous and kept you well informed about what was going on. My daughter was also accepted into another school, but because she wanted to go to McMain, we declined the other school. Since school has started, I must say that I am very disappointed in what I've seen so far. We have experienced attitudes, inexperience, unprofessionalism, and a lack of concern from some of the staff. Hopefully, there will be some miracle of change. If not, my daughter will not be graduating from here. It's a shame because she really wanted to go there.

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September 25, 2008
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September 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2008
i love this school its great and it makes you feel like you fit in very well its a very fun school teachers are cool and everything

- submitted by a student
July 25, 2008
I love it!!!! The curriculum is career oriented, the staff is curtious, and my daughter loves it. I'm proud to say my daughter attends this high school and will be proud to say she graduated from it. Thank god there's a high school in New Orleans that i can say this about with all the tension going on here.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2008
I love McMain this will be my 4th year at mcmain. My only problem is the principal's lack of language skills. I feel that she dosen't represent the school in a professional way. The teachers are great and so is some of the security. I can't wait for school to start!

- submitted by a student
July 18, 2008
I love this school, everyone is very well mannered, and accepting. The teachers are very patient and caring.

- submitted by a student
June 14, 2008
this school excellent im proud of my kids & myself for attending them there

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June 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2008
I currently attend Eleanor Mcmain High School. I have a 4.3 GPA and top of my class. I have only been in America for 5 years, and I was able to get into gifted classes by annoying the counselors constantly. I ask teachers for help during tets, and they are glad to help me. I work hard for me GPA. America is cool. The cavfeteria food is very good.. Sometime they serve orange cihicken.

- submitted by a student
April 06, 2008
McMain is unique in that its faculty teaches to the whole child. We provide quality educational curricula to children of all academic levels and walks of life. We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities to our students so they may have a rich, normal high school experience. The students are generally self-motivated, well-mannered and make working at McMain a pleasure.

- submitted by a teacher
April 03, 2008
I came to McMain after Hurricane Katrina. In the beginning, I simply felt lucky to have a job after the worst disaster in U.S. history. Now I feel lucky to be teaching at McMain because it is an excellent school. There are many extracurricular activities for the students to participate in. The teachers truly teach. They care about the students. I find the administration to be supportive and positive. As far as the physical facility....well, the interior was repainted and cleaned after the storm, but the exterior, the grounds, and the absolutely gorgeous auditorium need a lot of work. I'm proud to be a teacher at McMain.

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March 28, 2008
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March 28, 2008
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March 09, 2008
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March 01, 2008
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February 28, 2008
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February 11, 2008
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January 16, 2008
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October 22, 2007
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September 17, 2007
I love this school, i would say overall best in New Orleans, La.

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August 12, 2007
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August 08, 2007
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July 19, 2007
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June 18, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 16, 2007
Both my girls attend Eleanor McMain Secondary. Although, I'm not impress with the physical look of the building - I must say academically - it challenges it students. My oldest will be a graduating Senior in the class of 2007. She has flourish academic and athletically. The teachers are more involved and step in to help the kids. It is a facility where the faculty is family. They have learned to acculumated themselves and the staff into growing together to achieve their goals. My youngest will remain there until gradation in the Class of 2010. She has also, academically challenge herself and the staff as well. She also participate in extra curriculum activities as well as the graduating senior of 2007. I must say I have been please with the way Ms. Fricke, Mr. Lewis, and Ms. Hicks have grown into helping their students. Jodi

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November 23, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2006
I attended Mcmain and graduated in 2001. I received an excellent education; when I arrived at college most of the New Orleans graduates from other schools were taking remedial courses. I started a regular curriculum and was able to test well for the math and composition courses. While attending McMain I participated in four sports, soccer, track, football, and baseball; the emphasis is more on academics than sports, but the programs are available. I have friends who went on from McMain to work and graduate with graphic design and other fine arts degrees. There was a support system including clubs and courses for a wide range of artistic academics.

- submitted by a former student
July 24, 2006
Hello, my son Joseph M. Bland attended Eleanor Mcmain High School for his freshman and sophomore years from august 2003 thru may/june 2005. It is unfortunate that he had to relocate to Texas to continue with his college prep. education requirements. My son enjoyed his first two years of high school very much and was a dedicated member of Mcmain's football program. It is our hope that Eleanor Mcmain as well as all of the other Orleans parish schools have a successful future of recovery.

- submitted by a former student
January 15, 2006
I went to Eleanor Laura McMain Secondary Magnet High School for ninth and the first two weeks of tenth grade. Due to Hurricane Katrina I had to go to the New Orleans Center for Math & Science Charter High School, because the school down the street, Alcee Fortier High, took it over, and by took it over I mean most of its students go to McMain now. I remember after the 2004-2005 school year a lot of stuff changed, they fired a lot of teachers and two librarians. The Diciplinarian always wanted the students to wear their ID's on the outside of their shirts. McMain was one of the best high schools in the state of Louisiana and if they open another high school in the uptown area of the city, and those Fortier students go there it will once again be one of the best in state.

- submitted by a student
January 01, 2006
I attended McMain from 2001 until 2005. Due to Hurricane Katrina I no longer attend. McMain was a great school for my first few years. Once uniforms were made mandatory many things changed. Uniform violations became more important than the learning. Our school rank dropped from 2 to 4. Our school also changed a lot because of the new principal and assistant principal. McMain was a unique school before they came. They treated us as if we were like the kids in the other schools when were not. They made our school feel like a prison. They took away many of our freedoms without warning. I still love my school but only because it is my home. It is still a good school but it was once a great school.

- submitted by a former student
October 24, 2005
I attended McMain Magnet school from 7th through 12th grades and it was the best experience of my life. The teachers and the atmosphere were amazing. I participated in the choir, cheerleading, and track and field and they were all rewarding. The students and faculty are a lot like family, you would think that you were attending a small private school because of the close knit community. The teachers, principal, counselers, and even the security guards cared about us. And the school really prepared me for college. I never needed tutoring in any of my subjects once I entered college, I was fully prepared. I would never trade my experience at McMain for anything else in a million years. Although the school could use tons of work,I am glad I dealt with it. Because my time there left a priceless impression on my life. Class of 2004.

- submitted by a former student
August 11, 2005
Academically McMain is one of the best schools in the orleans school district. The students are an assortment of different cultures, which teaches students to get along with all different types of personailites. My youngest sister has been there since her 8th grade year and I have watched her grow into an independent student, and a knowledgable young woman. While the extracurricular activities are not voted 'well organized' in my book I would still recomend all future high school attenders to look into attending this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2005
There is nothing better than a McMain education. McMain supplied me with the educational and social skills that I needed in order to be the successful, productive member of society that I am now. While the physical attributes of McMain are not very appealing, the thing that matters most--the quality of the education--is greater than anything that anyone could ever imagine. I have never seen a school whose faculty and staff are more caring, attentive, and greatly concerned about the welfare of the students. I often go back to McMain and volunteer because I know that I am the person that I am today because I attended this wonderful institution of higher education. Whenever someone asks what school did I attend, my heart beams as I proudly say, 'I went to McMain'.

- submitted by a former student
December 18, 2004
Thank god for eleanor mcmain secondary magnet truly the new orleans public school system does not know the sheer potential and worth of this establishment. Out of the dilapidated walls and floors of this school come excellent members of society functioning proficiently on a social and academic level. This school has academia, social cultivation, extracurricular activities and teachers who are worth far more than thier weight in platinum. If mcmain had better facilities it would be able to surpass it's 'glass cieling'. I am greatful for every minute spent in this hallowed learning establishment, and i hail it's reputation constantly.

- submitted by a former student
September 11, 2004
My dauther is presently attending McMain. I would not trade if for any other school. Physically the school needs work. Educationally it is all that. The faculty and staff display genuine concern toward the young adults future and prepare the accordingly.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2004
My daughter has been a student at McMain for one-full calendar year. Although I have been generally please with her instructors for her core subjects (english, math, and, I have been less impressed with her social studies and keyboarding instructors. I am also floored by the physical condition of McMain. My daughter doesn't use the restrooms there and I don't blame her. They are often filthy. It is not the aethesically pleasing environment to encourage learning. Easy access to classrooms or other parts of the school is an issue as well. I can often roam the school without being stopped or questioned.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
I am a graduate of McMain Magnet. I found that the school prepared me for rigorous college coursework in the areas of English and Social Studies. I would rate both departments as superior. The science department is above average, and the math department is only average. The athletic department is not the best, but there are so many different activities offered at McMain that it is hard to say that the school is lacking extra-curricular activities. I have returned to McMain several times in the past few years. I am thoroughly disappointed at the downward spiral that the school appears to be taking. The school is currently the 7th best school in the state. This is down from the 5th best school a year ago. Hopefully, the new principal can salvage what is left of the schools reputation.

- submitted by a former student
April 20, 2004
My son graduated from McMain after three years at Ben Franklin. In making the switch, I realized that McMain is a much stronger school. I think Ben Franklin is skating on its reputation and has a 'you're smart, so teach yourself attitude.' The teachers at McMain encouraged students to ask questions and seemed to work with them until they grasped the concepts. Had I known the caliber of the teachers at McMain, I would have sent my son there for all of his middle and high school years instead of only his senior year. It is a great educational opportunity for bright students and it really challenges 'gifted' non-achievers (those who have been bored so long that making good grades isn't an incentive to apply themselves at school).

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2004
We have many well educational schools in New Orleans, but Mcmain Magnet out ranks them all. he consistency and equality of well educated teachers to nurture our kids are at Mcmain. Your child will enter this school as a student and prepare to leave as a young adult. The continued hardwork from the counselors, teachers, office workers and even janitorial workers everyone a part of Mcmain have taken a part in nurturing our young people into productive citizens. If you want your child with a quality education where their skills and knowledge exceeds to unlimited opportunities, choose this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2004
If you want your child to get a quality education, I recommend you proceed to enroll them at McMain Magnet. I commend the teachers, counselors on a great year by year performance to educate our kids. Here the children are given lessons for the next level. Our kids come into Mcmain as young students and leave as young productive adults, this is why former graduates have succeeded at their chosen career. My son has been accepted into every college/university he has appiled too. Mcmain sets our children for the future and not for the moment.

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January 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2003
I think that McMain is an excellent school for kids that want to make it in the real world. They apply you with all the materials you would need to give you a good education. It is also good because it's surrounded with different racial backgrounds. McMain is a good school. It has been nothing but progress from the school and it will continue. That's why I enjoy being there learning everything there is to learn.

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Eleanor Mcmain Secondary School
5712 South Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, LA  70125
(504) 324-7500
Last modified Eleanor Mcmain Secondary School is a Public school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Eleanor Mcmain Secondary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 74 reviews. Top