Applicants entering grades 4-5 must submit report cards, perform Basic or above on LEAP 2025 or the equivalent on a norm-referenced assessment in both ELA and math.
The Dufrocq School is proud to offer the Montessori philosophy of learning where students learn through hands-on experience, investigation, and research. Students tend to become absorbed in their work which creates an incredibly peaceful atmosphere. Our Montessori students develop self-discipline, an internal sense of purpose and motivation to excel.
The classroom atmosphere focuses on respect and appreciation for individual strengths. Montessori teachers direct the students as they develop into inquisitive, independent learners who desire to learn and have a strong sense of community responsibility.
The primary goal of our Montessori program is to help the child reach full potential in all areas of life. Activities promoting the development of social skills, emotional growth and physical coordination allow the child to experience the joy of learning while building self-esteem. The basis of our curriculum is the Montessori Method while also addressing standards and benchmarks in Louisiana's Comprehensive Curriculum.
The motto at The Dufrocq School is the "pursuit of learning begins here" where an academically challenging and enhanced curriculum nurtures a genuine love for learning and develops the creative and intellectual abilities of our students. The rigorous course offering cultivates minds, develops character and prepares students for life. The academic magnet curriculum accentuates student strengths and accommodates special interests and learning styles of the accelerated student.
Students are challenged through hands-on experiences, investigations, and research. The classroom atmosphere focuses on respect and appreciation for each child and motivates students to deepen their understandings. Students are encouraged to learn through inquiry, exploration, research, and the creation of products as a result of learning critical thinking and problem solving skills.
The Dufrocq School is also a MicroSociety® community, a mini-society created within the school reflecting components of a real society. Students create their own businesses and establish functional governmental agencies. These may include a bank, a court system, craft shops, a nail spa, a governing-body and more.
The purpose of the MicroSociety is to provide an authentic learning environment, where teachers integrate the curriculum into a dynamic, learning community.