Lake Area High School

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Lake Area High School is part of an ambitious effort to rebuild the city of New Orleans. Located on a four-acre site that once sat under eight feet of water, the new school is home to the state’s first Early College High School program. A compact, three-story floor plan encourages collaboration and cross-disciplinary learning. On the second and third floors, central technology suites provide large breakout spaces for the surrounding classrooms. Student commons areas on each floor act as “social centers” and create a small school environment. The flexible approach accommodates a host of exciting technology systems. Lake Area High School follows the New Tech High School principles.

Design and construction took place in just over two years. Now completed, the high school – which has achieved LEED Silver certification – represents a new era of hope for Recovery School District and the community of New Orleans.


6026 Paris Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana


Recovery School District

Project Scope

  • Replacement High School for New Tech curriculum
  • 800 students
  • 174,128 SF
  • $35,600,000
  • Partner firm: VergesRome Architects

Select Awards

  • 2011 Publisher’s Award, Learning By Design
  • 2011 Judge’s Choice Award, SP&M Sustainability and Innovation Awards