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Phillis Wheatley Community School

Phillis Wheatley
Charter School

Grades

Pre-K – 8

Hours

8:30am – 4:15pm

Address

2300 Dumaine Street

New Orleans, LA 70119

Front Office Phone

(504) 373-6205

Front Office Fax

(504) 488-4091

Wheatley Leadership

Diana Archuleta

School Director

darchuleta@firstlineschools.org

Joshua Cella

Elementary School Principal

jcella@firstlineschools.org

Ge’ron Tatum

Middle School Principal

gtatum@firstlineschools.org

Aaron Trant

Elementary School Assistant Principal 

atrant@firstlineschools.org

Aneesha Calloway

Middle School Assistant Principal

acalloway@firstlineschools.org

Nakia Sanders

Elementary School Dean of Students

nsanders@firstlineschools.org

Ahmad Shakir

Middle School Dean of Students 

ashakir@firstlineschools.org

Mackenzie Peschka

Special Education Coordinator 

mpeschka@firstlineschools.org

Lauren Traub

RTI Coordinator 

ltraub@firstlineschools.org

Danyl Jackson

School Operations Manager

djackson@firstlineschools.org

Phillis Wheatley
Community School

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For school-based transportation concerns, please contact Wheatley School Operations Manager, Danyl Jackson at (504) 373-6205.

Who We Are
Phillis Wheatley Community School is a public charter school located in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. We teach pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.

Mission
At Phillis Wheatley Community School, we prepare all of our students to attend a college-predatory high school, graduate from a selective college, and contribute positively to their community.

Values

FOCUS
“It’s not that I’m so smart… it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
– Albert Einstein
INTEGRITY
“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”
– Oprah Winfrey
RESPECT
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou
SELF-DETERMINATION
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen.”
– Michael Jordan
TEAMWORK
“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.”
– Kenyan Proverb

Adventures

Edible Schoolyard New Orleans

Edible Schoolyard New Orleans is a FirstLine signature program that changes the way children eat, learn, and live. As Wheatley settles into its brand new facility, ESYNOLA is working to build gardens to support garden-based science and culinary classes.

Visit esynola.org for more information.

Athletics

Wheatley is a member of the New Orleans Charter School Athletic Association. Wheatley scholars in grades 5 through 8 can compete in flag football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, and softball.

Enrichment

Wheatley offers scholars afterschool clubs including art, ballet, dance, debate, gardening and culinary arts classes, Girl Scouts, yoga, running clubs and track, robotics and mentoring through Each One Save One.

Experiences

Lower School scholars take fruit-picking trips, visit an animal farm, and tour local museums. Scholars in grades 4 through 7 participate in end-of-the-year outdoor education field trips, ranging from canoing and hiking to wilderness skills and overnight camping. Our 8th grade scholars’ end-of-the-year experience focuses on high-school skills and college readiness. Eighth graders visit out-of-state colleges and participate in a five-week career prep program.