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Harahan Elementary School



SCHOOL HISTORY

Harahan Elementary School is 74 years old. The building's two-story rotunda-aimed curving staircase distinguishes it as a jewel of 20th century architecture. The building was added to the US Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

In January of 1926, the faculty and student body moved into the present Harahan School. At that time, there were only four grades in the elementary school. As the years progressed, additional grades were added. The first graduation ceremony was held in June, 1929.

Currently 425 students, Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth Grade occupy the four buildings. The 25 teachers are supported by an active Parent-Teacher-Friends organization. Students are also aided by the Dad's Club, America Reads Program, and Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.

Harahan Elementary School is located in the center of Harahan, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans, about seven miles west of the famed Canal Street on the east bank of the Mississippi River in Jefferson Parish.

SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Harahan School is to increase academic competency and social development to promote lifelong learning. The faculty and staff are dedicated to the belief that all students are capable of learning and can be contributing citizens in our global society.

We at Harahan believe all students can learn, achieve and succeed. A student's self-esteem is enhanced by positive relationships and mutual respect among and between students and staff. Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process. Students learn to make appropriate decisions given a supportive and challenging learning environment. Teachers, parents and the community share the responsibility for the support of the school's mission. Challenging expectations increase individual student performance. Instructional practices should incorporate learning activities that take into account differences in learning styles.

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Gifted Instruction for those students who qualify by scoring high on an IQ test.

Talented Instruction for those students who possess exemplary skills in theater and visual arts.

Accelerated Reader Program, a motivational reading program, which promotes the love of reading.

Special Education Department providing indivualized instruction to students in several areas.

PreSchool Programs, half day and full day for 4 year old students.

Child Care, Before and after the school day.

The school day begins at 8:50 am; dismissal is at 3:35 p.m.

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