About Lower School

The Willow School, formerly Lusher Charter School, is a Kindergarten through 12th-grade New Orleans Public Charter School located on three uptown New Orleans campuses and operated by the non-profit Advocates for Arts-Based Education Corporation. The Lower School, home to kindergarten through fourth grades, is named in honor of Dr. Everett Williams, Jr., the first Black Superintendent of New Orleans Public Schools.

A National Blue Ribbon School in partnership with Tulane University, The Willow School offers a unique program that inspires imagination and intellectual curiosity. Willow’s renowned academic program engages students and challenges them to think critically, analytically and creatively.

At The Willow School, we believe that success starts with a culture of kindness and a deliberate effort to place emphasis on 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 Willow’s success. The core values that consistently weave through our community at The Willow School are Kindness, Responsibility, Respect, and Hard Work. We envision a world where these are valued by all.

The Willow School Strategic Plan

The Willow School’s success is due to the school’s commitment to dreamevolve and improve. In 2019, members of The Willow School community worked in partnership with Bloom Planning to create a strategic plan that includes three-year initiatives driven by a ten-year vision. The roadmap to the school’s future plans is defined through the Willow School Pathways to Success below.