Isidore Newman School Reviews
At the moment that I am writing this Newman has a B rating in diversity. It deserves an F. Yes, not every single person is white at this school; however, when I attended I could count all the minorities, counted all together, on one hand. The environment is extremely toxic and the message is clear: if you are not like us (rich, white, living in the same area with the same views) then you do not belong. Additionally, students (and parents) are unbelievably exclusive, sexist, racist, and prone to bullying.
At the moment that I am writing this Newman has a B rating in diversity. It deserves an F. Yes, not every single person is white at this school; however, when I attended I could count all the minorities, counted all together, on one hand. The environment is extremely toxic and the message is clear: if you are not like us (rich, white, living in the same area with the same views) then you do not belong. Additionally, students (and intense, helicopter parents) are unbelievably exclusive, sexist, racist, and prone to bullying. Newman spends a TON of money on sports, claim that they care just as much about the arts, but comparatively, this is not at all true.
Great Academics, but very snobby and exclusive crowd and student body. Administration racist and so are the students. Awful diversity. VEry hard to get through unless you'v been a student since Pre-K, if you are a woman or part of any other minority. Don't recommend unless you're a rich, white. model.
I would like to see a more inclusive community. The students are very cliquey and exclusive. Also the lunch is awful. The administration also doesn’t listen to student very well either. The campus is very pretty however
The school offers amazing opportunities and great academics for the students that take it seriously, which most do. The administration, though, can be difficult at times and are very stubborn. There is also very obviously major favoritism here. It is definitely harder to get through this school if you have not been here since Pre-K, if you are a woman, or in any other minority groups.
for such a small school, it's probably unimaginable that there could be such robust extracurricular involvement. almost all students participate in extracurriculars of some kind and if there's something that newman is missing, as long as you can find a sponsor (not hard at all) and some students to join, you can start it yourself. sports participation is huge (although fan attendance is more questionable) and our debate and choir programs are nationally recognized. other extracurriculars are continuously growing. the biggest barrier to extracurriculars here is that there are so many of them, you won't be able to do all of the ones you like.
even though newman isn't perfect, the positives are way bigger than the negatives and compared to other schools in new orleans (and probably louisiana) of the same excellent academic caliber, this is your best bet. although newman is a little lacking in school spirit, the community here is unrivaled. teachers, students, and administration have very close relationships and are always approachable and eager to help and the high school is small enough that everyone knows people in all 4 grades. newman is unique in that it is basically a second home to many students. its resources are unparalleled and always at students' disposal as long as they know where to look. students visiting from out of state sometimes call us "newman univeristy" and in a way, they're not wrong. take the honors track in high school and if you know how to persevere, speak up when needed, and stick with the right crowd, you can't go wrong with newman.
overall, from pre-k through high school, the teachers are top notch. all of the teachers at newman genuinely care, are easy to access and have close relationships with the students, and for the most part are good teachers. unfortunately, some of the best teachers at newman (and in other schools around the city) have moved away to states like new york and california and it's getting harder to find good new hires, but even still, the teachers are good for the most part. honors classes are sometimes better than AP classe in terms of how interesting the class is and how much busywork you get, but even in the worst of AP classes, you'll still be able to get a good AP test score
The school takes all possible safety measures to protect students. We always felt secure there.
We would choose this school again because of its academic excellence and the feeling to belong to a big family. Everybody is friendly and welcoming!
There are a lot of clubs and activities to join.
Most teachers are very knowledgable in their respective fields and put a lot of thought and detail into their lesson plans. However, some cannot follow their own lesson plans and waste time, making it impossible to learn all the necessary material by the end of the year.
The best overall school in Louisiana without a doubt.
Great again. More than enough opportunities for everyone to find something they enjoy
Great opportunities in all types of high school life from clubs to fine arts to sports to doing your own thing.
Great school overall. Teachers care and are passionate. 95+ of the students are very friendly and tolerant, with a few stark outspoken oposites
Newman provides a wide range of activities for it's students.