Lusher Charter School is in partnership with Tulane University.
The curriculum at Lusher High School exceeds the requirements of the Louisiana Department of Education through several distinct features. Our A/B block schedule allows for 100 minute blocks on alternating days. Each student has 4 blocks daily. This gives students ample time to delve into specialized academic topics while developing sustained focus on areas of concentration.
Lusher High School's curriculum extends beyond traditionally required courses. Tulane college courses, specialized Certificate of Artistry courses, AP courses, and electives all combine to create a dynamic and personalized schedule for each student.
Our strong partnership with Tulane University allows students to earn Early College Credit. Qualifying juniors and seniors may take classes on Tulane University’s campus free of charge.
Research from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) shows that elective studies have a much larger impact if they are moderately focused around an area of student interest. At Lusher High School, all students must select an academic Area of Concentration (AC) or a Certificate of Artistry (CA) that serves as a focus for their elective studies. Each Area of Concentration consists of a minimum of 4 elective classes in their chosen path, leaving ample opportunity to explore other areas.
Students are required to select one of the following:
The Lusher Scholars Program enables students to maximize their academic rigor and opportunity for multidisciplinary learning experiences. Beginning in the eighth grade, potential Lusher Scholars complete prerequisite Carnegie unit courses that lay the foundation for more rigorous high school work.
Potential scholars continue this foundational work by completing a requisite cluster of Advanced Placement courses in multiple disciplines while maintaining a prescribed cumulative grade point average. Students formally apply for acceptance into the Lusher Scholars Program in the fall of the junior year. Once accepted, preparatory work for the program’s capstone course, the Senior Project, begins. Like the Senior Project, the Lusher Scholars Program distinction is a sustained, interdisciplinary, and independent body of work bridging academic study and civic engagement. The select group of Lusher Scholar participants spends the summer between the junior and senior years engaged in a mandatory academic or professional program related to their project. In Scholars’ senior year, the Senior Project demands high levels of commitment and effort as students complete a portfolio of academic products, an extended writing component, and a civic requirement relating directly to their academic work. Upon successful completion of this portfolio and its public presentation to the school community, students are recognized as Lusher Scholars and receive the school’s highest honor, a Diploma with Distinction.
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