Medard H. Nelson Charter School

School address information is accurate as of the 2019-2020 school year.   

3121 St Bernard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

Phone: 504-943-1311
School Hours: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Geographic Area: Mid-City
Geographic Zone: 2

Grades Served This Year: PK4 - 8th
Grades Served Next Year: PK4 - 8th

School Leadership

Principal: Freda Smith
Board Chair: Mr. Raphael Gang
Charter Organization: New Beginnings Schools Foundation
Authorizer: OPSB

Mission Statement / Programmatic Model:
The mission of Medard H. Nelson Charter School innovatively prepares every child, every day for success in life, college, and careers.

School Performance

Most New Orleans public schools are charter schools, public schools governed by non-profit boards. Each board is given a contract to operate their charter school for a number of years. When the contract is up for renewal, the Orleans Parish School Board or Louisiana Department of Education uses school performance to determine if the contract should be renewed. If the school hasn’t demonstrated acceptable performance, it may close at the end of the school year, or be taken over by a new non-profit board. 

Letter Grade: F
SPS: 47.6
Renewal Year: Winter 2018-2019
School Finder Page: Nelson's School Report Card

This school’s academic performance data and next renewal year as of November 2018 can be found above. For more information on how school performance is measured, click here. For more information on school accountability, click here.


How to apply, who is eligible to attend, and what factors determine which students are assigned. For more info on priorities and how OneApp works, click here.

Application Process: OneApp
Applications Due: 02/22/2019

Not accepting new applications

Medard H. Nelson Charter School will not be renewed at the end of the 2018-2019 school year, and will not be accepting new students.


School Features

Highlighted program offerings, transportation details, and other provided services.

Transportation: Yes
Before Care: No
After Care: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Features & Programs:
Gifted & Talented

Jumpstart Pathways:
Jumpstart is only offered for programs with grades 9-12

Team Sports / After School Activities:
Club Sports: basketball, cheerleading, flag football, football

Language Support:
Interpretation Available: full-time in Spanish | Translation Available: upon request in Spanish

Student Support Services:
ESL Services provided as needed.

Special Education Model: