Pierre A. Capdau opened in the early 1920s as a junior high school at 3821 Franklin Avenue in New Orleans, LA. It operated as a district run junior high school until 2003. Then, Capdau became Louisiana’s first “takeover” charter school 2003. James Meza Jr., former dean of the University of New Orleans' College of Education, formed New Beginnings in 2004, and it started operating Capdau then.


In 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city and thus closing Capdau’s doors for a while. This period caused a transformation of Capdau and creation of the school we know today. In August 2006, the University of New Orleans launched Pierre Capdau Early College High School. In December 2008, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) granted UNO a Type 5 Charter to operate Thurgood Marshall Early College High School for the 2009–10 school year closing Pierre Capdau Early College High. Then Capdau because a K-8 school being housed at the old Thurgood Marshall Campus at 4621 Canal St.

In 2017, 12 years later after the building being closed, Pierre A. Capdau merged with Gentilly Terrace and students filled the brand-new, state of the art Avery Alexander building at 5800 St. Roch Avenue.

In 2019, Pierre A. Capdau joined InspireNOLA Charter Schools, which boasts as the highest performing, open-enrollment Charter Management Organization in the city of New Orleans. Capdau has already received Excellent ratings from the state for its Early Education Programs for several years. Joining the InspireNOLA family as its newest school, we expect to continue and extend that legacy of excellence. 

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