(October 31, 2017 New Orleans, La.)- The University of New Orleans is exploring the feasibility of replicating a new Edward Hynes K-8 Charter School focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) on its campus.
The University of New Orleans has approval from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors to proceed on a conceptual framework to replicate Hynes. Hynes is a high-performing, open admissions, A-rated, K-8 charter school located in Lakeview that opened in 2006 with UNO as a formal partner and with designated UNO positions on its board of directors. The school is a UNO professional development school for students enrolled in its education programs.
Nearly 600 students applied to Hynes for 100 available seats for the current academic year, according to Hynes CEO Michelle Douglas. Hynes is a significant feeder school for Benjamin Franklin High School, which is already located on UNO’s campus.
“I am excited to collaborate on this potential partnership,” UNO President John Nicklow said. “It stands to reenergize our course offerings for our next generation of teachers and creates expanded research, professional development and observation opportunities for our programs. It is also well aligned with our commitment to our community and its children. Over the decades, the University of New Orleans has prepared more educational personnel than any other university in the metro area. We will continue to serve that critical need that is so important to the city’s future.”
“For several years, the Hynes Charter School team has been seeking an opportunity to serve more students and train more teachers in our successful goal-focused charter model,” said Hynes CEO Douglas. “This potential partnership with the University of New Orleans would allow us to expand the number of families we serve and the number of leaders and teachers we develop.”
The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors supported the plan that targets opening a K-1 school in 2019 and expanding to additional grades in subsequent years.
The University of New Orleans (UNO) is a major research university in one of the world’s most fascinating cities. For more than 50 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 130 countries. Today UNO offers more than 40 undergraduate and pre-professional programs and more than 40 graduate programs.
Hynes Charter School is SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accredited with an “A” rating. Hynes offers a challenging academic curriculum that includes a progressive literacy program, gifted and talented courses, a partnership with the UNO College of Education, classes in art, instrumental music, vocal music, library, theater and physical education. It boasts an exceptionally low student-teacher ratio of 18:1. The Hynes staff is 100 percent certified with over 40 percent holding Masters Degrees or higher in Education. In addition, Hynes offers a French Immersion program for grades Kindergarten-thru-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 30 minutes of French language per day. Hynes is proud of the collaborative culture that it fosters with distributed leadership and shared decision-making.
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