About Us

Mission, Values, and History

Mission Statement

Newman inspires individual growth and academic excellence within an inclusive community committed to strong relationships and high expectations.
Newman values each individual. 

Principles for Civil Discourse

We believe that it is the role of teachers, coaches, advisors, and school leaders to challenge our students to think deeply about complex topics from a variety of perspectives, while being mindful of the impact of injecting personal political opinions. We want our students to feel supported and encouraged to ask honest questions about important issues and to present views that may conflict with those of their teachers without fear of repercussions.
In 2018, the School formed a committee, comprised of faculty members, administrators, and board members, to recommend principles and guidelines that would foster a learning environment where all students feel supported and encouraged to explore a wide range of ideas and perspectives with respect and integrity. Please find a link to the Principles for Civil Discourse below, as well as a letter to our community about the need for and rationale behind these principles.

Core Values

Newman's Core Values are
  • Honesty
  • Kindness 
  • Respect 
  • Responsibility 
Our Motto:

Discimus Agere Agendo 
"We learn to do by doing."

Since 1903

For more than a century, Isidore Newman School has fronted Jefferson Avenue in Uptown New Orleans. It began as just one building, and was founded to educate children living at the Jewish Orphans’ Home, which once stood at the corner of St. Charles and Jefferson Avenues. But from the beginning, the School’s benefactor, Isidore Newman, stipulated that neighborhood children could also attend. Newman quickly became one of the most revered and respected independent schools in the city. It remains so today.


The Isidore Newman School Archives was established in 1994. It seeks to protect, preserve and display the history and traditions of the school. Memorabilia, publications and photographs are welcome. Contributions to support acquisitions and proper maintenance of the collection are appreciated.

For questions or ways to support, please contact Genie McCloskey
1903 Jefferson Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone: 504.899.5641
Fax: 504.896.8597
Open 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
An independent,
non-denominational day
school in New Orleans for
early childhood through 12th grade