The International High School of New Orleans (IHSNO) was founded in 2009 to educate and nurture a diverse learning community through world languages and intercultural appreciation to allow students to succeed in the global economy. As a Type 2 Charter School, enrollment is open to all Louisiana residents.
As New Orleans’ only downtown high school, it serves students grades 9 through 12 from Orleans Parish and the surrounding metropolitan area.
The IHSNO is one of only two schools in New Orleans that offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, with foreign languages including Spanish, Arabic, English, Vietnamese, Mandarin, and French. Learning a second language provides students countless benefits, prepares them to participate in a multilingual environment that values other cultures, and allows them to understand today’s complex, internationally interdependent world.
The school also encourages community involvement. For example, in 2020, the New Orleans Downtown Development District and the IHSNO turned a parking lot into a shared green space that the students and the surrounding community use.
The support of local businesses and donors helps IHSNO raise funds required to provide a holistic education that forms their students into compassionate, productive global citizens who positively impact the world.
The IHSNO welcomes new students each year. For information about the school and the admission process, visit ihsnola.org.