HAPCSWelcome to Homer A. Plessy Community School!  We have so many exciting things to look forward to and are so happy you have chosen to take the journey with us.

The mission of Plessy School is to develop students who think critically and act responsibly as citizens.  I am proud to say that we have a very talented staff of teachers including a music specialist and a visual arts specialist who will work each day to ensure our students are learning in a joyful and engaging environment. Through arts integration, project based learning, and the Reggio Emilia inspiration, our students are taught to think critically and act responsibly using student centered and student directed themes.

I am proud to announce we have been chosen by the George Rodrigue Foundation to be one of three schools in Louisiana to receive a Turnaround Arts Grant through the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.  This grant provides materials and instruments for our school, artists in residence to work with our students, and professional development to assist the teachers in preparing lessons to integrate the arts.  Through this award, we are fortunate to have Alfre Woodard and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews as our celebrity artists in residence working with our students over the next two years.   We are excited to be working with these two very talented artists.

As we begin this new year, I’d like to call on each one of you to help us achieve the vision of Plessy.  Each one of you has a talent that can be shared with the school.  Whether it includes playing an instrument, creating beautiful works of art, or volunteering to be a reading buddy or playground monitor, each person can help to build an even stronger community school.  Please take a few minutes to think about something you can do to make Plessy stronger.

I look forward to seeing all of you soon,

Joan E. Reilly

Head of School

Homer A. Plessy Community School



Open House For New Plessy Families

New Plessy families are invited to join us for open houses on April 21st and April 29th at 9AM. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow Plessy parents and witness “what awesome is.” Parents will be given a walk around the school by the Head of School, Joan Reilly. We hope to see you there! 

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Joan Reilly On NPR’s “Chartered Waters”

Our very own Head of School, Joan Reilly, will appear on a panel in front of a live audience moderated by the acclaimed journalist Michel Martin on April 21st at 7pm. “Chartered Waters” is a conversation about the city’s evolving educational system post-Katrina. Tickets are sold out but a live stream can be found on npr.org.

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