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Building Culture and Enriching Learning through Art

In New Orleans, Louisiana, Lusher Charter School serves students in grades K-12 by integrating the arts across all grade levels and disciplines. As the school’s CEO puts it, “Lusher is a school where a student can come and thrive regardless of the level of their talents. We’ll use the arts when we’re happy, when we’re sad, when we want to explore things, when we want to celebrate. There’s nothing like the arts to build a culture.” Teachers work with visual and performing artists to design lessons that align with content standards, and which allow all students to explore and express their creative potential. In the early grades, students are exposed to many art forms; as they enter high school, they are able to focus on diverse college and career pathways, including earning a Certificate of Artistry in a specific art form, earning dual enrollment credit from local universities, and participating in an engineering-focused program of studies.

Read a transcript of Lusher Charter School.

Read Lusher Charter School’s 2018 National Blue Ribbon School application.

Contact Information
Ms. Kathy Riedlinger, Principal at time of Nomination
5624 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA, 70115-6547
(504) 304-3960

Student Demographics 2018  
Number of students K-12 1761
Students eligible for subsidized meals 16%
Students receiving special ed services 4%
White students 57%
African American students 26%
Hispanic or Latino students 7%
Asian students 4%
Students of 2 or more races 6%
Student mobility rate 1%