Photos By Frank J. Methe, Clarion Herald
This school year, a new school designed exclusively for elementary and secondary students with exceptional needs and learning differences will open on the former campus of Our Lady of Divine Providence, located in Metairie at 1000 North Starrett Road.
The new school, formally named St. Thérèse Academy – a School for Exceptional Learners, will serve students in grades K-12 and will provide a seamless and personalized education to its students by providing an individualized curriculum and low student-teacher ratio that will tailor instruction to students’ unique abilities and learning styles, within an environment that focuses on the spiritual, personal, physical, social and emotional aspects of each student.
St. Thérèse Academy was created after a year-long study by the archdiocese on how to address enrollments of fewer than 200 students at Our Lady of Divine Providence Elementary and Holy Rosary Academy. The new school will provide area families with an innovative and sustainable educational model that offers non-traditional learners a quality education leading to a high school diploma.
For more than a decade before its May 2019 closure, Our Lady of Divine Providence had welcomed children in need of specialized support – including those with autism, dyslexia and other sensory processing disorders – into its traditional academic programs.
Shannon Bland will lead St. Thérèse as its head of school.