School Details

Lusher Charter School

5624 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 304-3960
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-12 1630 students 15 students/teacher (LA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

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Integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP)

In 2011-2012 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math and 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. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Orleans Parish School District average
  • Louisiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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92%
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88%
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100%
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70%

Louisiana Educational Assessment Program for the 21st Century (LEAP 21)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Orleans Parish School District average
  • Louisiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
87%
72%
100%
85%
72%
100%
84%
66%
100%
84%
67%

Integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP)

In 2011-2012 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math and 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. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Orleans Parish School District average
  • Louisiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

99%
90%
70%
100%
90%
69%
98%
84%
65%
100%
87%
68%

Integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP)

In 2011-2012 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math and 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. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Orleans Parish School District average
  • Louisiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
85%
69%
99%
84%
69%
99%
76%
62%
99%
81%
67%

Integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP)

In 2011-2012 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math and 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. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Orleans Parish School District average
  • Louisiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

99%
85%
69%
99%
80%
66%
97%
74%
64%
99%
78%
67%

Louisiana Educational Assessment Program for the 21st Century (LEAP 21)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Orleans Parish School District average
  • Louisiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

99%
72%
60%
98%
77%
69%

Graduate Exit Examination for the 21st Century (GEE 21)

In 2010-2011 Louisiana used the Graduate Exit Examination for the 21st Century (GEE 21) to test grade 10 students in math and English language arts and grade 11 students in science and social studies. The GEE 21 is a high school graduation requirement. The GEE 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Orleans Parish School District average
  • Louisiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
63%
64%
98%
70%
64%

Graduate Exit Examination for the 21st Century (GEE 21)

In 2010-2011 Louisiana used the Graduate Exit Examination for the 21st Century (GEE 21) to test grade 10 students in math and English language arts and grade 11 students in science and social studies. The GEE 21 is a high school graduation requirement. The GEE 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Orleans Parish School District average
  • Louisiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

99%
91%
82%
99%
92%
87%
100%
98%
93%
100%
92%
88%
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83%

End-of-Course Tests (EOC)

In 2011-2012 Louisiana used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to test high school students in algebra 1, English 2, biology 1, and geometry. The EOC is a high school graduation requirement. TheEOC 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Orleans Parish School District average
  • Louisiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Lusher Charter School is a public high school in New Orleans. The principal of Lusher Charter School is Kathleen H Riedlinger and can be contacted at kathy_riedlinger@lusherschool.org. 1,630 students attend Lusher Charter School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Multiracial. 27% of the 1,630 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Lusher Charter School is 15:1. Eleanor McMain Secondary School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 56% 15%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Multiracial 5% %
Asian 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 35% 76%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.1%
Hispanic 0.2% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27% 69%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    (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

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    dedicated teachers that make students think for themselves

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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+

  • (4 years ago)

    Lusher is a great community school.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    Best public school in New Orleans. Great Arts program.

  • (5 years ago)

    Lusher has excellent and caring teachers and staff!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love the diversity and the community that is created.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    faculty parental involvement and support arts training diversity

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    While Lusher has so wonderful positive aspects there is just too much work piled on the kids. Knowing that college adults spend maybe 3 hours at school per day and sometimes have maybe an hour or two of homework the kids at Lusher having 6-10 hours of school work plus homework is a bit ridiculous.

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