Award Year: 2013

Ella Dolhonde Elementary School

219 Severn Avenue
Metairie, LA, 70001-5198

(504) 837-5370

Lisa Savage, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs. Mathilde Wimberly, Current Principal

Jefferson Parish Public Schools

School Website


Through a collaborative effort among administrators, faculty, students, and community Ella Dolhonde prepares all students to be good citizens and lifelong learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 29%
  • White: 39%
  • Hispanic: 26%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 12%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Ella Dolhonde Elementary School is located in Metairie, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans.  It was founded in 1926 and was originally known as the Eighth Ward School.  The school was renamed in honor of the first principal, Ms. Ella Dolhonde.  She was an asset to her community who inspired everyone to become lifelong learners.  Dolhonde was and continues to be an anchor in the community.  We enjoy many partnerships with local organizations and businesses.  Our school services Pre-K through Fifth Grade, with an enrollment of 387 students from various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.  Our school community also includes a significant number of English language learners and students with special needs.

This year Dolhonde is fully implementing the Common Core State Standards.  It is our goal to design a thought provoking, rigorous, well-organized curriculum based on CCSS that draws forth desired outcomes from every student.  Teaching and learning are implemented using a variety of practices and approaches that promote student enthusiasm and engagement. The use of technology is central to engaging teaching strategies in every classroom. Classroom discussions are designed so the teacher can step aside and allow students to take the lead in deep, animated discourse.

In order to provide an integrated, connected, and comprehensive curriculum, teacher schedules provide time for collaborative planning. This time permits teachers to meet and plan instruction driven by data and personalized for every student.  Quarterly meetings provide the opportunity to develop enrichment and support action plans based on student needs.   

Our teachers strive to create a learning environment that addresses the ever changing needs of our diverse school population.  Our students strive to “work harder to get smarter.”