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Hynes Charter School Replicates to Second Campus for 2019-20 School Year

Date: December 10th, 2018

New Hynes Charter School-UNO opens with Kindergarten 

(November 15, 2018, New Orleans, La.)- Hynes Charter School, in partnership with the University of New Orleans (UNO), announced today that they will open a new school for the 2019-20 school year.  The name of the school will be Hynes Charter School-UNO.


Hynes Charter School-UNO will initially open with approximately 75 Kindergarten students and eventually grow to a full Kindergarten-8thgrade charter school focused on a well-rounded, core curriculum with a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) focus. The school will also offer a French Immersion program. Hynes Charter School-UNO will replicate the current Hynes curriculum, core values, and framework.


“We are thrilled to be able to offer a Hynes education to more families. Last year, nearly 1,000 students applied to Hynes for 75 available Kindergarten seats,” said Hynes CEO Michelle Douglas.  “This partnership between the University of New Orleans and the Hynes Charter School team will allow us to expand the number of students we serve and the number of leaders and teachers we train.”


The campus will be temporarily housed at the Jean Gordon swing space, located at 6101 Chatham Dr., until the new school is constructed on the UNO campus. For the 2019-20 school year, Hynes Charter School-UNO will be an option in Enroll NOLA for potential students for the traditional or French program.


Hynes is the highest demand, non-selective admissions elementary school in Orleans Parish.  Hynes is a consistently high-performing, open admissions, A-rated school. Last week the Louisiana Department of Education recognized Hynes as a “Top Gains” School and it was named to the state’s “Excellence Honor Roll” for early childhood education.  Hynes remains accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

“We are excited to move forward with the Hynes Charter School-UNO Campus,” said UNO President John Nicklow. “The University believes strongly in its role as a community asset and making high-quality tuition-free education available to more families in our city is well aligned with our institutional values. We look forward to identifying a permanent site for the replicated school.”


“We are very thankful to see this partnership come to fruition as a way to expand our high-performing schools to other families in the city,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr.  “Not only will this partnership help us achieve our goal of increasing the number of students attending “A” and “B” schools, but it will also give our students an incentive to strive in higher education. Thank you to UNO President John Nicklow for your continuous support in our school system and always finding ways to invest in our children.”

Hynes will host three Open House Tours for parents and prospective students of both campuses at its Lakeview Campus at 990 Harrison Ave. in the gym. The tours will take place on November 28, December 11 and January 9 from 8:30am-10:30am.  Registration is on-site with a photo ID required.


For the 2019-20 school year, Hynes Charter School-UNO will enroll Kindergarten students, and will add at least one grade each year until maximizing enrollment in grades Kindergarten-8thwith the potential to serve students in early education.  Hynes Charter School in Lakeview serves children in Pre-Kindergarten gifted and Kindergarten- 8th grade.


Hynes participates in the OneApp system for applications. To apply to either campus, go to For more information, please call 504-324-7160, or visit the school website at




The University of New Orleans (UNO) is a major research university in one of the world’s most fascinating cities. For 60 years, it has been one of the city’s foremost public resources, offering a diverse set of world-class, research-based programs, advancing shared knowledge and adding to the city’s industry, culture and economy. Since 1958, UNO has educated students from all 64 Louisiana parishes, all 50 states in the United States and more than 140 countries. Today UNO offers more than 40 undergraduate and pre-professional programs and more than 40 graduate programs.


Hynes Charter School offers a challenging academic curriculum that includes a progressive literacy program, gifted and talented courses, a partnership with UNO, and classes in instrumental music, vocal music, library, theater and physical education. Art and socio-emotional learning are integrated throughout the curriculum. In addition, Hynes offers a French Immersion program for grades Kindergarten-5th that instructs students in Math, Science, and Social Studies using the French language in an applied manner. Students enrolled in traditional classes are also enrolled in French enrichment classes. Hynes is proud of the collaborative culture that it fosters with distributed leadership and shared decision-making.

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