Mission & Philosophy

The mission of The Louise S. McGehee School is to provide a rigorous college-preparatory education to girls in an inclusive environment which fosters self-esteem, encourages high personal standards, addresses individual student needs, and emphasizes active student participation in the learning process. The program uses traditional and innovative teaching strategies to challenge students and to foster enthusiasm and a commitment to lifelong learning.
“I want students to emerge from my classroom equipped with the tools and knowledge to take an active role in the civic life of our nation. I want them to be eager voters, effective activists and empowered citizens who believe they can make a difference in their community, their nation and their world."

-Carolyn Thompson Tapp,
 History & Government

“Fostering the bonds between teachers and their students lies at the heart of much of what we do well here at McGehee, a school which embraces its smallness as a virtue, a place where we know the name of almost every student in our division, whether we have taught her or not, a school in which teachers are approachable and students feel that their teachers are genuinely invested in them and their individual needs.”

-Noel Waddington,
 Middle & Upper School English

“Education is inspiration. I want to inspire my students to love learning and the pursuit of knowledge. If this flower blossoms, it will lead to a life of growth and development that will endure long after the formulas and equations are forgotten.”

-Tom Waguespack,
 Math Department Chair

2343 Prytania Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Louise S. McGehee School is a private independent all-girls school for Pre-K through grade 12 and open to all qualified girls regardless of race, religion, national or ethnic origin.