Kehoe-France School and Kehoe-France Northshore are independent, nondenominational, coeducational elementary day schools open to students from 8 weeks old through seventh grade. Kehoe-France School and Kehoe-France Northshore are named for the founders, Patricia Kehoe France and Frank A. France. Today, the schools are directed by the three sons.
Kehoe-France was founded and continues to operate without the aid of debenture bonds, endowments or fund-raising drives. It is an outgrowth of the day camp that began in 1949. The school opened as a preschool in 1962 and has grown into two thriving institutions.
Kehoe-France Northshore is on 15 acres in River Forest Subdivision on Patricia Drive in Covington. There are technology equipped classrooms, a gymnasium, computer lab, preschool, lower school and middle school computer labs, library, art studio, science lab and a cafeteria. The outdoor area includes multiple playgrounds, tennis courts and a swimming pool.
Faculty members are all Louisiana certified teachers. Each is selected on the basis of character, scholarship, experience and personality. Kehoe-France is approved by the Louisiana State Department of Education, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACSCASI) and the National Independent Private School Association (NIPSA).
To implement our motto of “God, Country, and Discipline,” we strive to develop our students socially, physically and intellectually. We provide multiple opportunities for our students to recognize and maximize their capabilities. We believe that the best instruction is combined with wholesome recreation that enables the development of a well-trained mind, a healthy body and appropriate social values.
8 Weeks (Little Eagles/Tots) through Pre-K 3 Year Olds:
The preschool creates an environment that is developmentally appropriate for the young child. Learning evolves from play, with a balance of child-initiated activities and teacher-directed activities. Enriching age-appropriate experiences are planned and implemented in a safe, nurturing atmosphere. Teachers motivate the children through encouragement, suggestion and effective praise.
Pre-Kinderarten (4 year olds) through Kindergarten (5 year olds):
Our teaching goals are to develop social skills and peer relations, while building appropriate academic concepts. The classroom environment is set in centers that allow the students and the teacher to be mobile within the class. Daily curriculum and center based activities include language, phonics, reading, math, penmanship and art. Twice weekly, students participate in physical education, music, social studies and science activities. Audio visual materials enhance all aspects of the curriculum. Cooking experiences are used to develop measuring skills, vocabulary, sensory awareness and rules of safety. Free play and lunch along with a quiet/rest time are also a part of each day.
Lower School (Grades 1-4):
Kehoe-France’s curriculum is an advanced curriculum. All Kehoe-France students (Grades 1-4) are grouped heterogeneously.
Middle School (Grades 5-7):
All students in grades 5 through 7 participate in an advanced level program.