Mount Carmel Academy (Louisiana)

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Mount Carmel Academy
7027 Milne Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70124
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
Color(s) Brown and White         
Athletics conference LHSAA
Team name Cubs
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication Perspectives (literary magazine)
Newspaper Echoes of Carmel
Yearbook Sardonyx
Tuition $7,630
Admissions Director Michelle B. Rigney '83
Athletic Director Joe Boudoin

Mount Carmel Academy or Mt. Carmel is an all-girls Catholic high school in the Lakeview area of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. It is located in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.


Mount Carmel Academy attempts to inspire and foster intellectual development through a challenging, yet traditional, college preparatory curriculum infused with technology. Advanced Placement and Honors courses are offered in the various subject matter areas. Mount Carmel Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Louisiana Department of Education. The school's enrollment is approximately 1200.

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.

Class Mascots[edit]

Mount Carmel has a mascot system by which each of the three upper-class levels is assigned one of three rotating mascots: ragdolls, pink panthers, and purple butterflies. Each year, graduating seniors pass down their mascot to that year's freshman class. Until that time, the freshman class and 8th grade use a temporary mascot that is unique to each class.

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


  • In 2006, 2010, and 2011 the Catholic High School Honor Roll recognized Mount Carmel Academy as one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the United States.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Notable alumnae[edit]

  • Film producer Stephanie Langhoff[2]
  • 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,[3] who was awarded the Oscar for her transformative makeup on the film Dallas Buyers Club, graduated from Mount Carmel Academy.

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.[4]


  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ Walker, Dave (January 8, 2015). "'Togetherness:' Steve Zissis, Stephanie Langhoff and the NOLA roots of the new HBO series". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ "". 
  4. ^ Clarion Herald. Ron Brocato. "Rising Above the Water." 2006 Jan. 25. Vol. 45, No. 3. Pages 1 and 5. Original Location.