The William Frantz Building

Akili Academy is located in the historic William Frantz building in the Upper Ninth Ward. Frantz was one of the first sites of school integration in New Orleans when six-year-old Ruby Bridges attended the school in 1960.  Elements of the  site were restored to their original appearance in order to maintain the historical integrity of the building.  Room 2306 serves as the “Ruby Bridges Room” with period furnishings and decor in honor of Mrs. Bridges’ brave contributions to society. Local and state officials joined members of the Akili Academy community for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 5, 2013.  The event was planned in partnership with the Recovery School District (RSD) and commemorated the re-opening of the school building.


Akili Academy is located in a newly renovated building that includes state-of-the-art classrooms, a blackbox theatre, a gymnasium, computer lab, outdoor play space, and a garden.

The asbestos management plan is available for review in the school office.