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