Jefferson Parish School District Has Been Given the Go-Ahead

Jefferson Parish school district has been given the go-ahead by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to move and expand Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy.  The growth in the community has also sparked building changes in six other Jefferson Parish schools. These plans will take place for the 2015-16 school year.

  • Laureate Academy will open in Harvey.  This is a charter school that plans to serve kindergarten through eighth grade.  Jefferson Parish School Board will lease the old Harvey Kindergarten building on Sixth Street allowing the charter school to renovate the building.
  • Jefferson RISE will open in Gretna.  This charter school will plan to serve sixth through twelfth grades and will open out of the Believer’s Life Family Church on Lapalco Blvd.
  • Milestone Academy, the Old Jefferson School, will move to the St. James Major Roman Catholic School building in Gentilly and once again become a New Orleans’ charter school.
  • The new immigration center will open up in the existing Milestone Academy location where non-English speaking students will be tested. This center will take the place of the testing area at Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School.
  • St. Ville Elementary in Harvey will re-open after closing 3 years ago due to budget cuts and Fredrick Douglass Elementary in Gretna will re-open and be located at its old Huey P. Long Ave facility.
  • The Adult Education Center which is currently housed at Douglass’ Huey P. Long Ave facility will move to Joseph A. Cuillier Career Center in Marrero.

Plaquemines Parish school district just east of Jefferson Parish has a ranking which is one of the highest in Louisiana and also had the highest passing rate in the metro New Orleans area on the state standardized test in 2014. Even with the stringent new Common Core standards, students overall performance on the test were high enough to move the district up from a B-grade to an A-grade.  The school’s 2014 annual district performance score was 104.8 overall out of 150 compared to a 95 last year.  The district’s 4th grade LEAP scores in 2014 were tied as the highest statewide. Both leaders and teachers in the district are held to a high standard with over 50% of teachers rated highly effective.

Schools in Southeast Louisiana, especially Plaquemines and Jefferson Parishes have progressed over the years since Hurricane Katrina.  The Parks of Plaquemines, a new home community in Belle Chasse, offers its resident families one of the highest rated school districts in Louisiana.  So, if you are planning a move to the Greater New Orleans area, consider The Parks of Plaquemines for your home buying needs.  You can Contact Us at 504-364-2350 or E-mail for more information about our Homes for Sale.

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