Our School Partners

COOL is proud to partner with the ACSA

The Algiers Charter School Association

The ACSA provides a wonderful environment for the COOL Cooperative's after school program to offer their students strong enrichment activities, mentorship, and added academic support.  As we enter only the second year of this partnership, COOL is able to expand and benefit more than twice the number of students, in large part due to the active support of the teachers, leadership, and administration.  

 

Algiers Charter School Association (ACSA) is a unique organization within the New Orleans education reform landscape with widespread community presence and the capacity to effect change. Founded in 2005 by a nonprofit board comprised of members from the Orleans Parish School Board and neighborhood representatives, ACSA provided the first educational options for families returning to Algiers and the wider New Orleans community after Hurricane Katrina. ACSA is the largest charter management organization in Louisiana, serving over 4,500 children from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade across six schools. ACSA schools serve a high-risk population with over 90% of families qualifying for free or reduced price lunch, 16% of the students are special needs learners, 7% are dual language learners, and one in five of ACSA’s 9th grade students are overage.

 

In contrast to other charter management groups within Orleans Parish, all six of ACSA’s campuses are within the same geographic community (i.e., Algiers) making ACSA one of the few geo-centric charter management organizations nationwide and the only one in Orleans Parish. As a result, approximately half of the students in Algiers who attend public school, attend school at an ACSA campus.

 

ACSA attracts and retains veteran educators who believe that all New Orleans children have a right to a rigorous, well-rounded, career and college preparatory education. As an organization, teacher development and student achievement always come first. New ACSA teachers arrive to campus with an average of nine years teaching experience and they remain for over four years. At ACSA the belief that all children can and will be successful in a supportive and challenging environment filled with great experiences is what ultimately makes the addition of the COOL Creators after school program a perfect fit.