School Review


Metairie Park Country Day School enriches the lives of talented young people in a dynamic learning environment, building strength of intellect and strength of character within a community that is simultaneously challenging and supportive. Our students learn to be flexible, to be adaptable, and to face the challenges of life with honor, optimism, confidence, creativity, and a sense of humor.

School Review

Metairie Park Country Day School: Pre-K - Grade 12, independent, coeducational, nonsectarian, college preparatory day school founded in 1929

Campus: 15-acres with 23 buildings (including one gym and three acres of athletic playing fields)

Location: Old Metairie, Louisiana, a residential community just minutes from the heart of New Orleans

Interim Head of School: Ian Craig

Admission Department: Amy White, Director of Admission, Cecilia Leon-Drago, Associate Director of Admission/Director of Financial Aid, Reed Green, Admission and Outreach Coordinator, and Leigh Moss, Admission Officer

Enrollment: 760 students

Student/Faculty Ratio: 8:1 - 18:1, depending on the subject and division level

Faculty: 108 total faculty; 64% with advanced degrees

Financial Aid: Over $1,000,000 per year

Honor and AP Courses: 15 AP courses and 8 honors courses offered

College Acceptances: 100% of students in the Class of 2020 graduated and attended college

Geographic Distribution of Students: Uptown New Orleans, Metairie, Lakefront, West Bank, Kenner, North Shore

Library: Lower School Library: 23,865 volumes, Middle and Upper School Library: more than 64,669 volume

Accreditation: Metairie Park Country Day School is accredited by the Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS). ISAS, a member of the NAIS Commission on Accreditation that has voluntarily submitted to a rigorous and impartial review of its accreditation program and demonstrated its adherence to the Commission’s Criteria for Effective Independent School Accreditation Practices. ISAS is commended by NAIS for the quality of the Association’s accreditation program for its Member Schools.

What is an independent school?

Supported primarily through tuition, charitable contributions, and endowment income rather than by taxes or church funds, independent schools are nonprofit organizations. They also:
  • have a clearly stated philosophy which is academic in nature
  • are governed by a board of trustees
  • comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws
  • practice non-discriminatory policies
  • demonstrate good faith efforts to diversify student body, faculty and staff
  • earn and sustain accreditation from regional organizations such as the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest.


List of 5 members.

  • Augustine Whyte 

    (504) 849-3178
  • Photo of Paul Frantz

    Mr. Paul Frantz 

    Middle School Principal
    University of Virginia - Bachelor of Arts
    American International College - Master of Education
  • Photo of G. Howard Hunter

    Mr. G. Howard Hunter 75

    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Academic Dean, US History Teacher
    (504) 849-3166
    Georgetown University - BA
    Harvard University - MEd
    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Tulane University - MA
  • Mrs. Katherine McCabe 

    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Assistant to the Head of School
    (504) 849-3100
  • Photo of Mimi Odem

    Mrs. Mimi Odem 

    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Lower School Principal
300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005 (504) 837-5204
Established in 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School is a coed private school for New Orleans area students in early childhood through Grade 12. From the elementary grades through upper school, the care and cultivation of each child comes to life in our exciting academic program, creative arts, and competitive athletic offerings.

Notice of Non-DiscriminationBased on receipt of federal financial assistance through a Paycheck Protection Program loan administered through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under the CAREs Act, the School acknowledges its obligation to prohibit discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, citizenship status, genetic information, handicap or disability in admissions, access, employment, tuition assistance, educational policies, or other school-administered student and employee programs and activities.  Questions regarding the School’s compliance with the application and administration of the School’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed Mike McGuire, Athletic Director (Title IX), mike_mcguire@mpcds.com, 504-849-3190, 300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005; Jen Sciortino, Director of Academic Excellence (Section 504), jen_sciortino@mpcds.com, 504-838-3304, 300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005; Bonnie LaGraize, Chief Financial Officer (Title IX and Section 504), bonnie_lagraize@mpcds.com, 504-849-3106, 300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005, or to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) or to the SBA.  Please refer to the School’s SBA Non-Discrimination Compliance Policy on the School’s website for information on how to file complaints with OCR or the SBA.

This notice will remain in effect until the School has satisfied and paid off the SBA Paycheck Protection Loan.