In the third of our ten-essay series by parents of students at public schools in Mid-City, Melissa Jones writes about her children’s experience at Warren Easton High School. 

Mid-City, like New Orleans as a whole, has many public school options for families – from a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focused school, to a career center, to an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, to schools with long New Orleans legacies, and more. 

In this series, we hear from parents themselves on why their child’s school is right for them. 

Why My Family Chose “The Easton Way” 

By Melissa Jones

At Warren Easton School, the nurturing, welcoming feeling of “the Easton way” begins at the perimeter of the building. When I drop my two sons, Lance and Lyle, off in the morning, I see the teachers and coaches on every corner of the campus, welcoming students and reminding them to do the right thing. In a high school, that’s not common. But every morning at 6:45 am, there are at least four teachers or counselors on the corners. You’ll hear “Good morning — tuck in your shirt, take out your ear buds,” or “Where’s your jacket? It’s cold today!” or “Let’s go — today is Wednesday, you’ve got a test today!” on the way in. 

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