Welcome to St. George’s Episcopal School! After you visit the virtual environs of our website, we hope you’ll agree that you have to see StG.
While St. George's occupies uniquely beautiful grounds, with facilities that connect and range from state-of-the-art to landmark, what you'll actually see is so much more. Extraordinary care is taken with each individual child as a matter of course and curriculum, and an intentional focus is given to building relationships between and among students, parents, faculty, and administration. Educational excellence at St. George’s begins with the simple premise that each child is unique—that is, each child’s strengths are worth cultivating and celebrating, and each child’s challenges are worth identifying and understanding. Because we have not just studied but internalized, embedded, and lived out this simple premise of the individual learner, we have shed misconceptions long ago about learning differences. We all learn differently! It requires an exceptional school culture and faculty to not just understand but celebrate this. Our students know themselves as learners because our teachers know their students as learners unlike any other school in the city. The result is that our students succeed at the finest high schools in the region.
"St. George’s helps kids to find their inner superhero,” one parent expressed to me. Another expressed that her only regret was that she didn’t start her children at St. George’s sooner.
To accomplish what we do requires an extraordinary degree of intent. We’re intentionally small but generously staffed with a superbly trained faculty; we purposefully begin in early childhood and round out in eighth grade because we know that later adolescent influences hinder the growth and confidence required by young learners to trust themselves to fail and ultimately persevere to succeed. Every day, our students experience an education that honors childhood, that instills kindness and empathy, that promotes the abundant curiosity of its students. All of this happens in a culture of learning where each student feels safe, supported, valued, and included. St. George’s resonates with joyful learning.
This, in other words, is not a school stuck in a 19th century model of education that awkwardly attaches fashionable trends to appear to be onto something. We’re boldly reimagining education by being St. George’s, by being what learning should look like when done right, by aspiring to be more than is expected and already exemplary. But don’t take my word for it. Come see. Come see why you have to see St. G.
St. George's Episcopal School was founded in 1969. Our school has been located on Laurence 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.
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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.
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.
With our growth and expansion from those nineteen preschool students in the church’s undercroft to approximately 400 students from nursery to 8th grade, we now occupy facilities ranging from landmark to state-of-the-art across two beautiful blocks in Uptown, New Orleans. In doing so, St. George’s Episcopal School has stayed true to its mission this past half century. We have been intentional in developing a school campus and culture conceived in the idea that everyone learns differently, founded on the premise that every child should be challenged and supported to reach their personal best in school and in life, and grounded in our rich history of educational excellence.
Since our beginning in 1969, we have established many traditions that have become an integral part of the school. Our mascots are the dragon and St. George of legendary fame. St. George was a high ranking Roman soldier who was martyred in 303 A. D. He was much revered by the crusaders, and in 1350 he was made the patron saint of England. St. George is best known, however, in legend for rescuing the king's daughter from being sacrificed to a dragon. Our dragon appears as the mascot of our athletic teams.
Assemblies are gatherings of the student body, and they consist of short performances or showcases by students or special visitors. The skills of public speaking and performance are developed throughout a student’s experience at St. George’s through these assemblies, and with each consecutive year at St. George’s, there is an increase in roles and responsibilities associated with performances. Our goal is for students to leave St. George’s as confident and successful public speakers and performers.
Examples include: Lower School grade level assemblies, the 4th Grade Play, 8th Grade's Romeo and Juliet performance, Middle School French and Spanish videos, Kindergarten's Closing Ceremony and more.
A significant tradition is that of going to St. George’s Church and Salem Church for important occasions during the school year. We open the school year with a church service, “ringing” in the school year with a big brass hand bell. During Thanksgiving week, students and families gather for a service of thanks and an offering by the students of food for the needy. Our Christmas program of lessons and carols is a candlelight service with grades 1-8 participating. Our school year always ends with a Middle School Graduation and Awards service at St. George’s Church in which we award our outstanding students and citizens in grades 5-8 with gift books and celebrate our graduating eighth graders. The same bell used to ring in the school year is used to ring out the year at this graduation and awards ceremony. Our four church services are important reminders of our heritage at St. George’s.
Since the school’s earliest days in the 1970s, St. George’s has held an annual Field Day on the first Friday in May. All students in 1st-8th grades were historically placed on one of three teams–the Dragons, Spartans or Trojans–and out of this joyous day of camaraderie and healthy competition, other traditions and events emerged around team identities, including our Red, White and Blue Games in the fall and Spirit Week leading into Field Day every spring. Kindergarten also attends Field Day events and participates in some of the activities.
In 2022, StG launched our “House” program, transforming our team events and identities into a House system that celebrates our school spirit throughout the academic year while promoting our school values and sense of community in everything we do together. Just as they were with team assignments, houses are assigned for life, and family members are placed in the same house. Everyone, faculty and staff included, wears their house’s colored t-shirt on designated days and events, including Field Day: Dragons in red, Spartans in white and Trojans in blue. Throughout the school year, House members earn points for their houses individually and collectively by living out our school values of perseverance, integrity, respect and compassion. This can happen in the classroom or on the playground or anywhere StG convenes. At the end of the school year, the winner of the “House Cup” is announced and feted with great fanfare. We have three houses but one home at St. George’s. Go Dragons, Trojans and Spartans!
Application Deadline Approaching for Priority Consideration
St. George's application deadline for priority consideration is coming soon! Families with applications submitted by Friday, December 15th, 2023 will be considered in the first round of admissions decisions.