New Orleans Charter Middle School
Located in New Orleans, LA
Photo © 2010 Tom Kirsch, opacity.us
New Orleans Charter Middle School History
The St. John Vianney Preparatory School was once part of a nearby catholic church complex called St. Theresa of Lisieux (Little Flower). The school utilized an old wooden church building as a weight room and recreation hall until a large brick and concrete gymnasium was constructed around 1965.
The school was sold by the church to become the New Orleans Charter Middle School, which served 364 students in grades 6 through 8. NOCMS became the top-performing open-admissions middle school in New Orleans until it closed from hurricane Katrina's flooding in August of 2005. Although Little Flower church was rehabilitated after the flood, the school's owners tried to sell the buildings without success. The old wooden church burned to the ground in 2011, and the school and gymnasium were eventually demolished by the city in 2013.