IDEA Public Schools Learns Location of First New Orleans Campus

New Orleans, Louisiana (November 30, 2018) – IDEA Public Schools, a high-performing network of public charter schools in Texas and Louisiana, announced it will open IDEA Oscar Dunn in fall of 2019 and will serve students in grades K – 5.  The campus will add a grade level each year until it is a fully-scaled K – 12 school. IDEA Oscar Dunn will be located at 12000 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70128.

“We are excited to open IDEA Oscar Dunn in New Orleans East,” said Kenneth Campbell, executive director of IDEA Southern Louisiana. “We look forward to serving and supporting the children of New Orleans and partnering with families and community members as we set students on a path to college.”

IDEA Public Schools was founded in the Rio Grande Valley in 2000. Since then, IDEA has opened schools in Austin, San Antonio, and El Paso Texas, as well as Baton Rouge. Based on the demand from parents for more high-performing public schools that prepare their children for college, IDEA is growing within Texas and beyond.

IDEA is the fastest-growing, highest-achieving charter school network in the country, with 79 schools serving nearly 45,000 students. IDEA schools are committed to ensuring that all students are prepared to succeed on the road to and through college, and its families, students, and staff are proving that college is possible for all children.

Recent national recognition for IDEA Public Schools includes:

  • For the 10th consecutive year, IDEA’s college preparatory schools were ranked among the best performing high schools in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report. Four IDEA Public Schools high schools received a gold medal ranking for college readiness and high rankings on the list.
  • 100% college acceptance for the twelfth straight year in a row. The class of 2018 was awarded more than $41 million in grants and scholarships, 4654 acceptances to 377 universities across the county, 17 Ivy league acceptances, 257 Tier 1 acceptances, 584 Tier 2 acceptances and over 590 first generation college students.

Christopher Joyce will serve as Founding Principal for IDEA Oscar Dunn. Joyce believes that graduating from college is the avenue for all children to have equitable outcomes and choice in life. He began his teaching career in 2008 in Jefferson Parrish. He taught all subjects in 4thand 5th grade and later helped launch the turnaround program at McDonogh 26 in Gretna as TAP Master Teacher 2011.

From 2012 – 2015, he served as Principal at Terrytown Elementary School where his team boasted the most growth on state assessments for any elementary school in Louisiana in 2015. After his time in Jefferson Parish, Christopher joined ReNEW SciTech Academy in New Orleans as Lower School Principal and School Director.

“When IDEA’s charter in New Orleans was approved, I jumped at the opportunity to combine the great successes of IDEA schools in Texas with my knowledge of the New Orleans community,” said Joyce.

In 2017, he joined the IDEA Team & Family as Principal in Residence at IDEA Quest Academy in Edinburg, Texas. This year, he has returned to Southern Louisiana to support our schools in Baton Rouge as Director of Instructional Coaching while he prepares to open IDEA’s first New Orleans campus in the fall of 2019.

Parents can apply for IDEA Oscar Dunn via EnrollNOLA. EnrollNOLA administers OneApp, the unified application process, which offers students the opportunity to easily apply to all participating schools using one application. K – 12 Families may apply to up to 12 participating schools of their choice, anywhere across the city. 

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