Crescent City community photo gallery for Jan. 22, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Einstein Charter School—On the front steps of New Orleans City Hall, supporters of Einstein Charter School celebrate its turnaround from a failing school to a ‘B’ grade in one year. In the front row, from left, are Tuan Le, Dante Havies, Tina Nguyen, Nya Carey, Orly Buruca, Zeta Williams, Bryce Laurent, Norma Fortanel, Daniel Moton, Sasha Res, Kathleen Banks, Lillian Nguyen, Truc Tong, Kiai Casteneda, Einstein Extension Principal Glendalyn Lewis and New Orleans City Council member James Gray. In the second row are Einstein CEO Shawn Toranto, Kathleen Padian of the Orleans Parish School Board, fourth-grade teacher Julia Pockros, fifth-grade teacher Christian Angeletti, Joshua Jones, Corey Jones, Jimmy Lam Nguyen, development director Daniel Davis, board President Laurin Jacobsen, sixth-grade teacher Latanya Cook, Rose Peterson of the East Bank Collaborative of Charter Schools, Phong Tran and New Orleans City Council President Stacy Head.

HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: International High School of New Orleans will hold an open house for prospective students in grades nine through 12 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the school at 727 Carondelet St., New Orleans.

International High School of New Orleans is an International Baccalaureate World School with an emphasis on language learning and diversity appreciation. Founded in 2009, IHS is the only school in Orleans Parish to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, a curriculum with a reputation for its international external assessment with published global standards that focus on the development of a student’s critical-thinking skills by engaging them intellectually, emotionally, and ethically.

For information, visit or contact Lynette Lopez, enrollment counselor, at (504) 613-5702 or lynette.

KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE: An open house for a new public charter school, Cypress Academy, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Touro Synagogue, 4238 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. In its first year, Cypress will serve about 100 kindergarten students in classrooms at Touro Synagogue. It plans to add a grade each year thereafter. At full capacity, Cypress will be a K-8 school. Both school leaders, Robert Berk and Hazel Parker, have degrees in education and many years of experience in leading, teaching, and supporting teachers, parents, and children.

Cypress will also have a booth at the Urban League of Greater New Orleans’ Schools Expo being held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. For information, visit www.cypress

MATH OLYMPIAD: All Louisiana fourth- and fifth-graders are eligible to participate in the 2015 Louisiana Math Elementary Olympiad, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Kenilworth Science and Technology School, 7600 Boone Ave., Baton Rouge. Participation is free, and the top four contestants will win an iPod or a Kindle.

The Olympiad is a one-hour paper and pencil test that includes multiple-choice questions from various math topics. Students can view sample questions at The Olympiad also will include door prizes, lunch and parent workshops.

Partners for The Olympiad include the LSU Department of Mathematics, Greater Baton Rouge Industy Alliance and the Black Alliance for Educational Options. The event is sponsored by Baton Rouge Coca-Cola. Participating students must register at

EINSTEIN CHARTER SCHOOL: A school that lost its charter contract in June 2013 after receiving a failing School Performance Score from the state has turned around to earn a B grade in its first year of operation.

Einstein Charter Group Inc. took over the former Intercultural Charter School at 5316 Michoud Blvd. for the 2013-14 school year, and renamed it the Einstein Charter School Extension. For the 2013-14 school year, the extension was graded jointly with the Einstein Charter School just over half a mile away as a B school. It was the first charter in Louisiana to turn around a failing school to a B in its first year of operation.