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These hybrid schools are blowing up the public education model

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Is New Orleans losing its heritage along with its schools? Plus, play the Name Game.

Rebuilding Communities From the School Up, cont’d

Redefining Community
The distance between students and schools has also detached families from their neighborhoods. Previously, residents say, parents could depend on neighbors to pick up their children once the school day was done. Now families must work to form new bonds and support networks in more fractured school communities. This all becomes more complicated if [...]

Samuel J. Green Charter School

Reopened in 2006 in the building that formerly housed Samuel J. Green Middle School, a traditional public school.

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Greater Gentilly Area High School

Scheduled to open in August 2009 on the former Lake Area Middle School site. Its Education Committee is still determining whether or not the technology-focused school will be a charter.

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Andrew H. Wilson Charter School

Opened as a charter in 2007 in the former McDonogh School #7 building.

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Akili Academy

Opened in 2008 on the grounds of the boarded up F.W. Gregory Junior High School.

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Rebuilding Communities From the School Up

Rebuilding Communities From the School Up

Hurricane Katrina washed away most of New Orleans’ traditional public schools and cleared the way for a new “open-choice” system dominated by charters. These schools draw students from all over the city. What happens when communities are fractured and new ones emerge?