- About Our School
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- Head of School and Faculty
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- Core Values
St. George's Episcopal School was founded in 1969. Our school has been located on Lawrence Square in beautiful uptown New Orleans since 1977. Our multi-building campus provides students with state-of-the-art classrooms, fine arts spaces including art and music studios, a fully equipped theater, science and foreign language labs, a library, a full high school-sized gymnasium and outdoor social and academic areas. Most of our buildings have historical significance to New Orleans.
Our Head of School, Dr. Joseph Kreutziger, graduated from St. Martin's Episcopal School in New Orleans before attending the University of the South at Sewanee. He received his BA in English, and he holds a Masters Degree and Doctorate in English and American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Kreutziger started his career in education at St. George's in 1993, teaching English and Physical Education in the Middle School, and returned to become Head of School for the 2019-2020 school year.
We have more than 70 teachers and specialists at St. George's.
Annually, students place in the top 10 percent of Le Grand Concours/National French Contest and the National Spanish Exam, are selected for the Duke University Talent Identification Program, place among the top schools and individuals in citywide Academic Games tournaments and earn the President's Award for Educational Excellence.
The dream and vision of the clergy, the vestry and the members of St. George’s Episcopal Church, St. George’s Episcopal School was founded in 1969. The school began with nineteen students, and classes were held in the church’s undercroft. Starting with only preschool, grades were added with each successive year. As the school grew, it moved from the church— first to a mansion on Napoleon Avenue and then to Salem United Church of Christ at Camp and Milan Streets.
In 1977 the school purchased the building at 923 Napoleon Avenue designed in 1876 by William S. Freret as McDonough #6 School. Originally, tall Gothic spires projected above the roofline at the building’s four corners, but a hurricane at the turn of the century damaged them beyond repair. Hurricane Camille in 1969 again damaged the building, and Orleans Parish Schools elected to no longer occupy it. The school has maintained the architectural integrity of the building through several phases of renovation, and it has been recognized as a New Orleans Landmark. The main brick building is named for Douglas Koy Porteous, whose outstanding generosity made its purchase, and that of the large frame building behind it, possible.
Over the years, St. George’s reputation for excellence grew. In 1985 St. George’s became a member of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, joining independent schools in Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma. It joined the National Association of Independent Schools the following year. In 1991, the school’s mathematics curriculum received national recognition when it was featured on the front cover of Instructor Magazine, highlighting the lead article.
In 1989 the school doubled the amount of its interior space with the purchase of the Old Jefferson Market, erected in 1912.
When the Jefferson Market renovation was completed in March 1990, the school had gained a gymnasium, art and music studios, a multi-purpose room known as the Forum, a kitchen, a science laboratory and a computer lab. Much of this was made possible by donation grants in recognition of the contribution St. George’s had made to the educational community in New Orleans.
In 1993 the school purchased another historic building-- the old Jefferson City Jail (c.1863) and Recorder’s Court. This building was renovated into a pre-kindergarten and Extended Day facility.
During the 1993-1994 school year, a state-of-the-art computer system was installed throughout the campus with the help of a major grant from a local foundation. This system allowed the computer and appropriate software to be integrated across the curriculum. Today, this system has evolved to accommodate one-to-one technology in the classroom, including a laptop program in the middle school and school-wide use of Google Apps for Education.
In March of 1996, the school began the renovation of the former Knights of Columbus Building at the corner of Camp and General Pershing Streets into its Early Childhood Center. This new facility contains kindergarten classrooms, as well as a large common area for indoor play, physical education and eating. The two adjacent properties to the east, fronting on Camp Street, were also purchased in order to clear a large area for a playground. The second floor of the Early Childhood Center contains classrooms for a Lower School science lab, the Talented and Gifted (TAG) room and a small-group meeting space.
In 1999 the Mims Laudeman Library was completely renovated to serve the whole student body with over 10,000 volumes, complete internet access, an over-sized screen and other technology.
In the spring of 2003, St. George’s acquired the Temple Sinai Preschool Program. This Early Childhood program now services children 1 through 3 years of age on the St. George's campus.
In the fall of 2004, the school opened the Salem facility that provides additional classrooms and a state-of-the-art theater. First and second grade classrooms, part of the St. George's Early Childhood program, reading rooms and Resource classrooms are all housed in the Salem facility.
Since Hurricane Katrina, St. George's has experienced an increased need for early childhood services. In keeping with a longstanding goal set by the Board of Trustees, St. George's has grown its Early Childhood program with the further expansion of the Michael R. Boh Early Childhood Complex, most notably the new Early Childhood facility, which opened in the year 2009.
In the summer of 2013, the school acquired the last property on General Pershing Street to complete the Michael R. Boh Early Childhood Center Complex. Our newest facility was completed in August 2016 and connects the current preschool building and the Michael R. Boh Early Childhood Center, creating a more inclusive complex for all preschool and Pre-K classes.
This renovation boasts administration offices, faculty professional development space, additional classrooms, an art studio, a TinkerLab and a learning kitchen, as well as a large multipurpose atrium. With this expansion, students will continue to cultivate a love of learning and nurture the development of foundational skills across cognitive, social, emotional and physical domains.