There are a variety of options to consider for your child’s education in and around New Orleans. Here are some of the local systems and resources to help you decide.
The Christian Home Education Support System (CHESS)
CHESS is managed by homeschooling families from NOBTS to provide support, encouragement, accountability, and resources to parents so that children can excel in their primary and secondary education. We offer classes and group activities to supplement individual curriculum. These classes can vary from year to year but usually include a foreign language, music or art, drama, Bible club and P.E. classes for all ages. Co-op classes provide opportunity for parents to join together and teach classes or lead a club that will benefit the group. High School Geometry, ACT Prep, Money Management, Bible Drill, and Lego Club are just a few of the current classes offered. Moms meet each month to organize events and field trips for the kids and to encourage and pray for the parents. In April, CHESS provides the opportunity for grades 3 through 12 to take the Stanford Achievement test. The Doris Kelley Showers of Blessing Resource Building provides community meeting space, library and material loans, and access to technology.
The cost for membership in CHESS is in giving of your time and commitment to homeschool your kids and volunteer to help in 2 or more activities in the CHESS group. We require parents whose student is 7 years old or older to join the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). A discount code for our group is available for CHESS members making the yearly cost approximately $100.
If you are a NOBTS student, faculty, or staff, you can join by applying online here.
Laura Riley is the CHESS Coordinator. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-559-7792 for questions regarding homeschooling. She is available throughout your time at NOBTS to give you advice and help in choosing curriculum and encouraging you as you fulfill God’s calling to homeschool your children.
Classical Conversations (CC)
CC supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families. We believe there are three keys to a great education: classical, Christian, and community.
A classical education is ideally suited to children's natural learning style. The classical model divides the learning process into three stages: grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric. In the grammar stage, children devour facts. In the dialectic stage, children ask many questions as they sort and evaluate these facts. In the rhetoric stage, teenagers synthesize their knowledge and apply it.
CC meets at NOBTS on Thursdays. The yearly cost for each program is $475.00 per student.
Christian Home Educators Fellowship of GNO (CHEF of GNO)
CHEF is a local home school support organization for the Greater New Orleans Area. Founded over 30 years ago, CHEF has been encouraging and assisting families in their home school adventure. CHEF of GNO helps families navigate the home schooling process and creates community through our many planned activities such as: semester long Physical Education classes, mom's night out, a family camping trip, a family thanksgiving banquet, kindergarten graduation, a father / daughter night out, science and history nights, field day and many more. These events have helped deepen relationships within the organization and highlights Christian Home Education to families exploring the viable option of home schooling.
CHEF of GNO is a non-profit organization that also provides home school information workshops, home school training events, home school informational materials and legislative representation to ensure that the freedom to home school in Louisiana is always protected. Our volunteer Board of Directors and families are always available to assist you with your home schooling questions and needs.
New Orleans Parents’ Guide
The New Orleans Parent’s Guide helps families find schools and partners with parents to support the public schools. From their website:
“New Orleans Parents Guide (NOPG) is a community organization dedicated to supporting the leadership of parents of public school students. We believe every child should have an excellent public school and that parents are essential to creating excellent public schools.
NOPG is a not-for-profit organization that supports New Orleans families in accessing quality public schools by providing quality and transparent information about school in New Orleans through the New Orleans Parents' Guide to Public Schools and the NOLA Parents Guide smart phone app. We also work with community partners to provide workshops and information sharing sessions to help parents navigate school options and learn from each other about how to advocate for quality public schools.”
New Orleans Public School Enrollment
A website to help you learn more about education options, the application process, and answer questions you may have regarding your child’s education.
Great Schools is a website that will enable you to search schools in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. They will provide information that includes test scores, faculty information, teacher to student ratios, community ratings, and more.
Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
“The mission of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools is to support, promote, and advocate for the Louisiana Charter School movement, increasing student access to high quality public schools statewide.”