What are Independent Schools?

What are Independent Schools?

Louise S. McGehee School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS), and the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS). 

What Are Independent Schools?
Independent schools are non-profit private schools that are independent in philosophy: each is driven by a unique mission. They are also independent in the way they are managed and financed: each is governed by an independent board of trustees and each is primarily supported through tuition payments and charitable contributions. They are accountable to their communities and are accredited by state-approved accrediting bodies. (Source: NAIS)

What Is NAIS?
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including more than 1,500 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.

To be accredited by a member of NAIS's Commission on Accreditation signifies that a school has not only undergone a thorough standards-based review of its mission-centered program but that it is a part of an independent school community with a common commitment to education excellence. (Source: NAIS) 

Read more here:
"Choosing an Independent School" by Patrick F. Bassett, M.A., former President NAIS

What Is ISAS?
The Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS) promotes, upholds, and advances the highest educational and professional standards for the region’s independent schools. It offers its members an exceptionally rigorous, authentic, and meaningful accreditation process, along with energizing professional development opportunities, a nationally renowned arts festival, and a warm, generous community devoted to creating the best possible educational experiences for our students. (Source: ISAS)

What Is NCGS?
The National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) is the leading advocate for girls' schools, connecting and collaborating globally with individuals, schools, and organizations dedicated to educating and empowering girls. (Source: NCGS)

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Admissions Events

List of 3 events.

  • Oct

    Little Gate Open House

    For prospective parents of toddlers, two and three year olds.
    Little Gate, 1538 Philip Street
  • Nov

    Pre-K through 12th Open House

    For prospective parents of Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade girls.
    Bradish Johnson House, 2343 Prytania Street
  • Nov

    Pre-K and Kindergarten Playdate and Panel

    Please bring your girls for the opportunity to get to know McGehee. The girls should bring their creative energy as they will have time to build, explore and engage in our classrooms and on the playground. Parents will hear 
    from a panel of early childhood experts, including Lower School Head Whitney Drennan and several faculty members.
    Lower School Playground, 2343 Prytania Street
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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.