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Arden Cahill Academy


3101 Wall Blvd
Gretna, LA 70056


Arden Cahill Academy combines a strong education with the unique qualities of an outdoor country environment and is located just minutes from downtown. Nestled along Bayou Fatma in Gretna, the 12-acre campus serves students from six weeks in its Infant Center through 12th grade.

Horse stables, a petting farm, STEAM Lab, art studios, band and music rooms, and 300-seat theater make the Arden Cahill Academy campus unique! The academy also hosts Camp Corral, a 10-week summer camp that has been voted Best of New Orleans by Gambit readers for THREE consecutive years. We are proud to announce that we have also been voted a 2022 Family Favorite by our Nola Family readers for our Preschool, Childcare, Summer Camp and Afterschool Programs.

Arden Cahill Academy is pleased that after providing an exceptional education for thousands of students over the course of fifty-five years in the Metro New Orleans area, we will be graduating our first class of high school seniors this spring! We are proud to continue our tradition of academic excellence and cultural enrichment through a college preparatory curriculum. Leading our high school’s administrative team is Ms. Laura Bloom Martin. Ms. Martin came to us from one of the top three school districts in the state of Louisiana, with over 15 years of secondary education and administrative experience. She has excelled in a multitude of capacities including teacher, curriculum and instructional specialist, assistant principal, and most recently as district level supervisor over Career and Technical Education, as well as the Safe Schools program. She has worked extensively with STEM programs, including co-writing a kindergarten through college level STEM pathway on Coastal Restoration for the Louisiana Department of Education. Among Ms. Martin’s proudest accomplishments is her work in curriculum and instruction, which allowed for the ascension of multiple schools from C to A ratings under her administrative oversight.

When asked to reflect on the past four years and the addition of our high school, Ms. Martin stated, “Our vision to establish a high school that excels in both academics and the liberal arts, while providing a truly diverse co-ed population on a beautiful campus has come to fruition. I am most excited about the post-secondary educational opportunities we offer our student body. We offer several Dual Enrollment courses through the University of Holy Cross and Southeastern, we also offer AP classes, and our students are also able to CLEP. Our seniors are easily able to graduate with more than one semester of college completed by utilizing a combination of Dual Enrollment, CLEP, and AP courses. In addition, we have a partnership through Operation Spark for students interested in software development. Students take the first two course levels with us and then move on to Operation Spark after graduation where they’re offered job placement in the industry. As we conclude our 55th year in academic achievement, we look forward to the 2023-24 school year and welcoming the next pod of “Whales” to afford them the opportunities and benefits of a Cahill education.


  • Horse Stables and Petting Farm onsite with lessons provided to students during school hours through Bayou Stables.
  • Cahill Camp Corral 10 week summer program on our 12 acre country campus offered to students entering PK4 – 8th grade.
  • All grade levels (toddlers – 12th grade perform productions in our Ann Chance Theatre for Children 300 seat little theatre on campus.
  • Arden Cahill Academy offers Merit, Excellence, Academic, Leadership and Alumni scholarships beginning in 8th grade.