Mount Carmel Academy (Louisiana)

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Mount Carmel Academy
7027 Milne Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
United States
Coordinates 30°1′8″N 90°6′37″W / 30.01889°N 90.11028°W / 30.01889; -90.11028Coordinates: 30°1′8″N 90°6′37″W / 30.01889°N 90.11028°W / 30.01889; -90.11028
Type Private
Motto Zelo zelatus sum pro Domino Deo exercituum (Latin)
("With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of hosts")
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
Sisters of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Founded 1833
President Sr. Camille Anne Campbell, O.Carm.
Principal Ms. Beth Ann Simno
(also Vice-President)
Grades 812
Gender Girls
Enrollment 1200
Average class size 16
Student to teacher ratio 9:1
Color(s) Brown and White         
Athletics conference LHSAA
Mascot Cubs
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Average SAT scores 1940[2]
Average ACT scores 28[3]
Publication Perspectives (literary magazine)
Newspaper Echoes of Carmel
Yearbook Sardonyx
Tuition $8,500
Admissions Director Michelle B. Rigney '83
Athletic Director Joe Boudoin

Mount Carmel Academy or Mt. Carmel is an all-girls, private, Catholic high school in the Lakeview area of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. It is located in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. It is conducted by the Sisters of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, who have educated young ladies in New Orleans since 1833.

The campus of Mount Carmel is located in the Lakeview area in New Orleans at Robert E. Lee Boulevard, between West End Boulevard and Canal Boulevard.

Mount Carmel's sports teams are known as the "Cubs", and its school colors are brown and white. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Louisiana Department of Education.


The Sisters of Our Lady of Mount Carmel began in Tours, France, focused on a mission of educating young girls. Julie Thèrése Chevrel joined the community in 1825, and immigrated to New Orleans in 1833, and the sisters began to educate young women in Southern Louisiana.[4]

In 1916, Mother Clare Coady built the foundation for the present-day Mount Carmel Academy by establishing accredited high school programs and requiring that sisters receive the proper professional teaching training.

Sister Mary Angela Duplantis was the first principal of the school from 1926 to 1955. In 1955 through 1980, the second principal Sister Mary Grace Danos expanded the school.[5]

Beth Ann Simno served as vice-president and vice-principal under Sister Camille Anne for many years, and in 2014, she became the school's fourth principal. Sister Camille Anne is currently continuing as the school's president.[6]

Fight song[edit]

Take off your hats to Carmel
Give a cheer as we go by
Throughout the years
Our many victories
Will echo through the skies
Steady and always ready
Marching with our heads held high
Take off your hats to Carmel high
And give a cheer as we go by-yyy
M-T, M-T, M-T-C-A
R-M, R-M, R-M-E-L
Mt. Carmel, Mt. Carmel


  • Recognized as a Top 50 Catholic High School in the U.S. and the only Louisiana school to receive the honor in 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011.
  • Mount Carmel Academy has twice been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education's Exemplary School Program as a Blue Ribbon School. Mount Carmel is the only school in Louisiana to be recognized twice with this honor.
  • Recognized four times by the Cardinal Newman Society as being named to the Catholic Education Honor Roll as a School of Excellence.
  • In 1998, Mount Carmel was one of only 12 recipients nationwide of the Catholic Schools for Tomorrow Award for Innovations in Technology, presented annually by Today's Catholic Teacher magazine.
  • Mount Carmel Academy has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an outstanding Safe & Drug-free school.
  • Mount Carmel also was selected as a finalist in the America's Drug & Alcohol-Free School of the Year 2000 competition.
  • Recipient of the Excellence in Civics Education from the Acton Society. The society also named Mount Carmel a Best Catholic High School, 2007 and 2012.
  • Recognized twice nationwide by Today's Catholic Teacher: In 2012 for the national Catholic Schools for Tomorrow Award for Innovations in Technology and in 2015 for the national Innovations in Catholic Education Award for the Faculty Learning Lab.
  • Recipient of the Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Spring Testing Award for 22 consecutive years.
  • Recognized for maintaining 50 years of continuous accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).



  • Fall: cross country, swimming, and volleyball.
  • Winter: soccer, indoor track and field, basketball
  • Spring: golf, tennis, track and field, softball, gymnastics (Division II)[8]

The athletics program has earned (since 1992) 121 district titles; 35 state titles; 19 state runner up titles; and 37 individual titles.[9]

Mount Carmel also offers other athletic clubs and teams including the Carmelettes dance team, the Rhythm dance team, Cubettes dance team, competition cheerleading, game squad cheerleading, and the sailing team.[10]

Notable alumnae[edit]

  • Film producer Stephanie Langhoff is known for Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011) and The Skeleton Twins (2014).[11]
  • Louisiana musician Amanda Shaw, who plays the fiddle and has been featured prominently throughout Louisiana, attended Mount Carmel Academy but did not graduate.
  • Academy Award winner Robin Mathews,[12] who was awarded the Oscar for her transformative makeup on the film Dallas Buyers Club, graduated from Mount Carmel Academy. She was the makeup department head in many other notable movies and TV series.
  • Barbara Menendez, vocals and keyboards for the rock band The Cold, graduated from Mount Carmel Academy.[13]
  • Robin Pittman, Judge for Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, graduated from Mount Carmel Academy in 1988.[14]

Hurricane Katrina[edit]

Mount Carmel is located near the 17th Street Canal and suffered extreme flood damage during Hurricane Katrina. The school remained closed for several months, but made repairs at a fast pace. It re-opened in January 2006. It was the first school in the New Orleans area that re-opened.[15]


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