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Staff Spotlight: Shayla White

Shayla White is a Student Support Coordinator for grades 3-5 at Akili Academy of New Orleans. A graduated of Southern University of New Orleans, Shayla earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, and she is currently pursuing her Master’s of Science in Human Services specializing in Program Evaluation and Data Analytics. Now in her 4th…
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Akili and Habans Receive Charter Renewals

On December 12th, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) voted to give Akili Academy a six-year renewal of its charter. This decision was based on the 2017 School Performance Scores, which measure student achievement based upon state standardized tests. Akili received a score of 70 (a nearly 8-point increase over last year) and moved from a…
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Akili Families Celebrate Thanksgiving with Inaugural Turkey Bingo Event

Akili Families Celebrate Thanksgiving with Inaugural Turkey Bingo Event

Akili hosted their inaugural Turkey Bingo on Thursday, November 16th. Over 100 members of the community gathered to play bingo, all in hopes of winning a frozen turkey. Twenty games of bingo were played, giving individuals the opportunity to win 20 frozen turkeys. Up for grabs were also bags of “fixings” for those winners who…
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Akili’s Newest Scholars Welcomed with Community Garden

Akili’s Newest Scholars Welcomed with Community Garden

When Akili’s Pre-K scholars walked in to school on their first day, they didn’t expect to have their own garden. Akili has long wanted to dedicate a space outside of the school where scholars could engage in experiential learning through gardening. Through a very generous group of volunteers from Oakton Community College in Des Plaines,…
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Akili’s Enrichment Program Gives Scholars a New Interest in Karate

Akili’s enrichment program is full of opportunities for scholars in every grade to explore their interests. The variety ranges from visual, dramatic, and performing arts, to drumline, student council, and team sports. This year, Akili has added something new to the program, Karate-do Kenpo. Developed in the early 1940’s, Karate-do Kenpo is a form of…
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