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    Middle School

    Late Summer Enrollment for The Willow School

    The Willow School is accepting applications for grades 5, 8 and 9 only.  

    The deadline to submit an application is noon, Tuesday, August 16. All required supporting documents are due by NOON, Wednesday, August 17. There can be no exceptions made to the deadlines.

    Please go here if this is your first time to complete Willow’s supplemental form. 

    If you completed the supplemental in a previous round – not just the OneAPP click here to reactivate your child’s application.  

    The Willow School is an Orleans Parish Public School; a child must be a legal resident of Orleans Parish to attend.

    Click here to view our open house video.
    Click here to view a 360 degree virtual tour of the Freret Campus.
    Click here to view our Brochure for Grades 5-7.

    Lusher Charter School has a unique curriculum founded on a concept of arts integration which weaves the arts into all of our classes. The school has a rigorous academic program, with accompanying higher expectations. We believe it is important for families to understand these foundations of our program before making their choices for an education partner for their children.

    Fall of 2022 will be an exciting year for Lusher Middle School, as fifth grade students will move from the Willow Street Campus and join grades 6 and 7 to form Lusher’s newly re-configured Middle School at our Loyola Avenue Campus.

    Middle School Information

    Happy & Kind

    Middle School is a time of considerable mental, physical and emotional growth that will shape how students see themselves in relation to others. A hallmark of the Lusher Way is putting students at the center of all decisions.

    At Lusher, we believe that success starts with a culture of kindness and a deliberate effort to emphasize social/emotional learning. In order for students to face the complexity of the world, they must embrace empathy, leadership, creativity and teamwork. Whole-child education is a psychological approach that has long been at the root of Lusher’s success. The core values that consistently weave through our community at Lusher are: Kindness, Respect, Hard Work and Responsibility.

    Exploring interests

    Lusher’s arts curriculum offers each student a broad exposure to the arts and appropriate instruction in those art forms in which students demonstrate interest and aptitude. Nurturing creativity, as well as high academics, is a powerful combination for a child. Our professional teaching artists are trained, practicing artists in their fields, which can include: creative writing, dance, media arts, classical music, vocal music, symphonic band, jazz, theater arts, technical theater and visual arts.

    Accelerated Courses

    Lusher Middle School offers a rigorous, high academic program of instruction which allows qualifying students the opportunity to earn early high school credit (Carnegie units) in Algebra I in 7th grade.  The Middle School curriculum is taught within a gifted framework-  accelerated, compressed content utilizing problem solving and critical thinking skills. Our specialized 6+ math offered in 6th grade provides the opportunity for students to opt into advanced rigorous math classes to prepare them for algebra 1 in 7th grade.

    Each year, approximately 60 percent of Lusher’s 7th graders qualified for the former  Duke TIP program which recognized top students in the 18-state region of the southeastern U.S.

    Athletics and Student Life

    Lusher Middle School offers many opportunities for student athletes to hone their leadership skills. Lusher’s athletic philosophy stresses time management, personal development, confidence building, discipline and learning to tackle challenges and adversity. Lusher is committed to developing students into skillful athletes through expert coaching, rigorous training and state-of-the art facilities, such as the Atlantic-Bridge Gymnasium and the newly redesigned Brees Family Field. Many of our students balance athletics while pursuing creative artistic interests.

    Lusher is a charter member of the Metro Middle School League, offering:

    • Volleyball
    • Soccer
    • Baseball
    • Flag Football
    • Tackle Football
    • Track & Field
    • Swimming
    • Basketball
    • Tennis
    • Cross Country

    Student Life at Lusher goes beyond athletics and the classroom. Middle School students explore interests through clubs and school activities such as Book Club, Debate Club, Generation Green, Robotics, Chess Club, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Black Student Union, Asian Identity Club, Dance Ensemble, Theatre Troupe and Middle School Student Government Association.

    Keep up with MS student life by visiting our Middle School blog: