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About Us


The Crescent School, previously known as Algiers Point Montessori, is a small school in New Orleans that focuses on a nurturing environment with low student-teacher ratios. We offer care for infants - 6 years in two locations in Algiers Point. We follow a place-based curriculum that incorporates Montessori lessons and practices. We encourage curiosity and adventure through the environment that we create and the language we use with our students. 

We follow a place-based curriculum, meaning, we use our community, city, and surroundings as a third teacher in our classrooms. Our lessons are taught through the lense of living in New Orleans and specifically in Algiers Point. Place-based is "the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies science, and other subjects across the curriculum. Emphasizing hands-on, real-world learning experiences, this approach to education increases academic achievement, helps students develop stronger ties to their community, and enhances students' appreciation for the natural world..."​

Along with a place-based curriciulum, we also pull inspiration from Montessori practices with our letter lessons, number lessons, and practical life practices. We encourage autonomy, creativity, and movement. 

The Crescent School is directed by Liza Drennon. She is a local resident of Algiers Point who is passionate about the importance of early childhood education and building a community focused education for the children of New Orleans. ​

2022/2023 School Calendar


August 1: First Day of School 

September 5: Labor Day -- No school


October 7-10: Fall Break -- No school

November 21-25: Thanksgiving -- No school

December 16: Half Day 

December 19-30: Winter Break

January 2: First day of spring session

January 16: MLK Day -- No school

February 15-22: Mardi Gras break 

April 6-10: Spring break 

May 29: Memorial Day -- No school 

June 2: Last day of school 

June 5-9: Summer break -- No school

June 19: Juneteenth -- No school 

July 4: Independence Day -- No school

July 28: Last Day of summer session

July 31-Aug 5: No school

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