Lusher Charter School is in partnership with Tulane University.

Lusher Charter School

Frequently Asked Questions

General Info

What documents do I need to submit with the application?

Please check the application for a complete list of documents needed. All required documents must be submitted with the application. To get started, visit our Admissions page.

I don’t live in New Orleans. Can I submit an application for my child?

You may submit an application, but you must establish primary residency in Orleans parish before your child is enrolled.

When is registration held?

Download the admissions calendar for lower, middle, or high school to obtain specific dates (scroll to the bottom of each page for calendars).

After my child is accepted, what else needs to be done?

You must register your child, providing all required documents at that time.  You must provide the final report card for the current school year as soon as it becomes available (no later than June 15th). Your child must remain qualified with the end-of-year report card; this means the child must earn the required qualifying points on the matrix with this report card to retain the offer of admission.

Any child entering 5th grade must show proof of scoring basic or above on the Math and English Language Arts sections of the 4th grade LEAP.

Any child entering 9th grade must show proof of scoring basic or above on the Math and English Language Arts sections of the 8th grade LEAP.

Do I have to submit the application in person?

Yes, you are required to come in person with the application and originals of all supporting documentation and copies. We retain the copies, and you retain the originals. Incomplete applications are not accepted.

 

Lower School (K-5)

How are arts integrated into the curriculum?

Teachers collaborate with artists in classrooms at least once each week and integrate arts into the regular curriculum. Students also learn about every art form during nine-week sessions throughout the year. Learn More

What electives are offered?

Music theory, strings, visual art, theatre, and dance are offered to all children in grades K-5.

Are students graded?

All students K-5 receive progress reports at mid-quarter and end of quarter. Report card grades are issued in 1st-5th.

What is the class size?

The class size is at or below state limits.

Is there a homework policy?

Teachers communicate their homework policy at the start of the school year.

 

Middle School (6-8)

Do I have to submit the application in person?

Yes, you are required to come in person with the application and originals of all supporting documentation and copies. We retain the copies, and you retain the originals. Incomplete applications are not accepted. Learn More about the application process.

What does the Middle School Schedule look like?

There are four 100 minute blocks a day. Students are assigned to a grade level team where they take their core academic subjects: Language arts (full block), Math (full block), Science (50 min), and Social Studies (50 min). For one full block, students leave the core team area to take exploratory classes (electives).

What types of academic support are offered to MS students?

Teachers hold office hours (support classes) twice a week after school for students who need help on homework, projects, or classwork. Students who qualify for additional support in reading and math are assigned to reading or math intervention classes during exploratory times. Academic challenges are offered within core and exploratory classes on a regular basis to delve deeper into the area of study.

What if my child has trouble adjusting to MS?

Teachers work to develop positive relationships with students. The school Social Worker and Dean of Students work closely to help adjustment to the structure and rigor of Middle School. The Student Assistance Team meets regularly with parents and teachers to address problems which may be impacting school performance.

Can Lusher Middle School students participate in the Certificate of Artistry program?

8th grade students may enroll in Certificate of Artistry (CA) Prep classes, which prepare a student to enter the CA program freshman year.

 

High School (9-12)

My high school student wants to enroll in the Certificate of Artistry Program. What do we need to do?

Consult the arts pages of this website to review the audition requirements. Learn More about the CA program.

Is it possible to select and complete two Certificate of Artistry Programs of study?

If a student begins preparation in 8th grade by selecting prep classes in the desired arts areas, it is possible. All CA disciplines are 4-year programs. Classes and coursework will be created to facilitate cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Can my child participate in extra-curricular activities during the Certificate of Artistry 4-year program?

The course studies for some arts disciplines require a hybrid schedule, which includes classes that extend beyond the regular school day.

Individual counseling with the parent, student, and appropriate faculty will be held to develop a plan for students who wish to participate in extra-curricular activities in addition to CA study.

Lusher faculty understands a student’s need to have a full high school experience. Because each student is different, communication between school staff, student, and family can help determine the most beneficial plan.

Does the Certificate of Artistry course of study meet the state gifted requirements for TAV, TAM, and TAT?

The state requirement is met based on the 100-minute block per day required for CA classes.

The student’s individualized educational plan (IEP) follows a student through high school. The course study for CA classes provides the intense rigor needed to meet a student’s IEP.

If my child is in the Certificate of Artistry Program, is s/he eligible for Advanced Placement (AP) classes and Tulane classes?

AP classes are available to all students from 9th-12th grade. Eligible juniors and seniors in CA study may take college credit through Tulane University.

How intense is the course work in the Certificate of Artistry Program(s) of study?

The requirements of the CA course work provide students with in-depth knowledge beyond the average arts experience.

Maturity, responsibility to complete homework assignments, and regular class attendance are mandatory for a successful experience.

The study of the arts at the CA level provides students with the potential to compete for college scholarships, earn placement in arts conservatories, and perform in community venues.

Are students allowed to participate in Arts & Athletics at the same time?

Yes, individual counseling with the parent, student, and appropriate faculty will be held to develop a plan for students who wish to participate in athletics in addition to CA study.

Lusher faculty understands a student’s need to have a full high school experience. Because each student is different, communication between school staff, student, and family can help determine the most beneficial plan.

Are athletes allowed to participate in more than one sport within the same sport season?

Yes, a student can participate in more than one sport, provided both student and coaches coordinate a schedule that is beneficial for the student to achieve and maintain a high level of academic performance.

Can students start new clubs?

Yes, there are many student leadership opportunities in high school. Students can found their own club and take a leadership position within that club.

Does Lusher have school-sponsored dances?

Yes, the high school has several dances throughout the year including: Back to School Dance, Homecoming Dance, Winter Formal, and Prom. Each of these dances is supervised by school teachers and administration. Middle School holds 2 or 3 dances per year.