About Us

Education Background

We are Laureate Academy Charter School

We look forward to serving all students.

Laureate Academy Charter School is an approved K-8 tuition-free and open enrollment charter school in Jefferson Parish, LA. We look forward to serving all students including students with limited English proficiency and students with special needs. Laureate Academy will equip all students with the academic skills, mindsets, and habits for long-term success.

In August 2015 we opened with 60 kindergartners and 60 first graders. Currently Laureate Academy serves 300 scholars in grades kindergarten through fourth grade. Every year, Laureate Academy will grow by one grade level until we service kindergarten through 8th grade.

If you have questions on the application process please email info@laureatecharter.org

Meet Our Staff!

We are located at 2115 Oakmere Dr., Harvey, LA 70058 in the Harvey Kindergarten School building.

Help Support Us
Laureate Academy is a non-profit and has tax-exempt status with the IRS.

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Laureate Academy was founded through the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship. Ms. Claire Heckerman was a Fellow in 2013 and opened Laureate Academy's doors in August 2015. 

Building Excellent Schools (BES) is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving the academic achievement of underserved students in our nation’s urban centers. We accomplish this by training leaders to take on the demanding and urgent work of leading high-achieving, college preparatory urban charter schools.

What sets BES apart is our focus on entrepreneurial leadership. The BES approach equips school leaders with the skills they need to effectively manage instruction, operations, student and adult culture, and external relationships in a high-performing, urban school. BES-trained leaders are demanding of themselves and others. They are ambitious achievers. They sweat the small stuff because they know every detail matters – every minute matters – when it comes to closing the achievement gap. To find out more about BES visit http://buildingexcellentschools.org/ 



Preparing each student with the academic skills and strength of character necessary for school and life success, Laureate Academy educates K-8 students in Jefferson Parish for rigorous high schools, competitive colleges, and professional careers.


• All children can learn at high levels
• College preparation begins in kindergarten
• Character development is key to excellent academic results


1. High Expectations for All Students
A strong and consistent school culture
All students begin on the road to college, starting in kindergarten

2. Focus on Literacy
Reading and writing in all content areas
190 minutes of daily literacy

3. Character Development
SCHOLAR values: Students learn
Self-determination, Community, Honesty, Optimism, Leadership, Achievement, and Resilience

4. Family Engagement
School and family work as a team
Regular celebration of student growth

5. Exceptional Teachers
Extensive development of all teachers
Highly selective interview process

6. Extended Day and Year
8.5 hours of instruction per day
184 days of instruction per year

7. Strategic Use of Data
Direct support given to each student
Communication with parents about student growth


If you Have Any Questions, Call Us Today: (504) 503-0170