What is Opportunities Academy?

Opportunities Academy [OA] is Collegiate Academies’ rigorous, full-day program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. OA’s program is located at the Guste campus, 2625 Thalia St, New Orleans, LA 70113.

OA supports each student in achieving his or her highest level of independence in pursuit of meaningful and fulfilling personal and professional outcomes in the areas of independent living, community access, and career readiness.

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What is Opportunities Academy?

Opportunities Academy [OA] is Collegiate Academies’ rigorous, full day program for students aged 17-22 with intellectual disabilities and autism. We are a type 1 charter serving students with disabilities through Orleans Parish Public Schools.

Our Vision

Opportunities Academy redefines ‘college and career for all’ by empowering students to build lives of independence, connection, and happiness.

Our Values


We hold and strive for the most ambitious visions.


We embrace failure and learn from it. We can rely on ourselves to take action always.


We choose to look at the positive in all things and have confidence in ourselves and our teammates.


We explore our interests and the world. We use our new-found knowledge to improve ourselves and others.


We are kind, loving, and helpful to all people and all things.

Contact us!

We’ve moved! We are now located on the Guste campus, 2625 Thalia St, New Orleans, LA 70113. Visit us, or reach out by phone at (504) 503-1421, fax at (504) 814-1721, or email at hello@opportunitiesacademy.org.

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Our Program

Enterprising Programs and Externship Opportunities

Opportunities Academy features enterprises that reinforce employment and independent living skills. Our students perform clerical tasks, custodial work, and run a student enterprise serving coffee and snacks to OA and Collegiate Academies staff. These real-world job experience help students develop a familiarity with point of sale technologies, customer service skills, and food and beverage preparation techniques.

Other students are placed in an externship position with a business in the community. Our students work at Ma Momma’s House of Chicken and Waffles, Hyatt, Louisiana SPCA, and Magnolia Physical Therapy.

Students spend their days in a loving and supportive community focused on:

  • internships and job skills like prepping for interviews.
  • making friends, helping others, and building a community.
  • practicing how to independently do daily chores for home living success.
  • assisted technology.
  • everyday math and reading skills.
  • healthy lifestyles.
  • using public transportation and navigating the community.
  • accessing the community: library, movies, bank, mall, museums, gardens, public pool, healthcare, and grocery stores.

Students will leave the program with skills like how to:

  • get and keep a job.
  • create a support system with local agencies for services.
  • plan a budget.
  • create lasting friendships and social networking opportunities.
  • grocery shop and prepare healthy meals.
  • independently access the bus for transportation.
  • live more independently at home, with roommates, or alone.

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OA Enrollment Process


  • New Orleans resident
  • Under 22 years of age
  • Intellectual Disability or Autism


*Limited space available. Enroll now by calling 504-503-1421 or emailing hello@opportunitiesacademy.org.

To apply for a seat in the 2019-2020 school year, families should visit a Family Resource Center. Locations and hours are as follows as of July 29:

Westbank OPSB: 2401 Westbend Parkway New Orleans East IDEA Oscar Dunn: 12000 Hayne Blvd
Uptown @ Mahalia Jackson: 2501 Jackson Ave

Center hours are:
8:30am to 4:00pm Mondays & Tuesday
8:30am to 3:00pm Wednesdays-Fridays


Those who have already obtained a seat at OA need to register. If your student will be joining us for the 2019-2020 school year, please call 504-503-1421 to schedule a time to come to our new campus to complete registration. School starts on August 12.


Click here for the 19-20 Academic Calendar.

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Dress Code

OA provides each student with an OA shirt when they enroll. We encourage students to make their own choices when choosing what to wear each day, as enrolling at OA is a milestone toward becoming more independent.

Though OA does not follow a strict dress code, students are expected to dress appropriately for work. This could mean wearing an apron, nametag, or OA shirt for their shift at work each morning. To ensure that students are prepared each day, please make sure he or she has an OA shirt with them or at school each day along with any rain gear (like a poncho, umbrella, or extra set of clothes). Ask your OA student about any additional work dress code requirements.

If you would like to purchase additional shirts, you can call the main office at 504-503-1421 to pay by card, or send your student with $15 to cover the cost of an additional shirt.


Students are expected to come to school with materials needed for work, including those for inclement weather. Students should bring a backpack for their personal and school-issued belongings, and are responsible for them throughout the day.

More information can be found in our handbook below.


Spanish Language Handbook
Vietnamese Language Handbook

Non-Discrimination Policy and Grievance Procedure

Non-Discrimination Policy:

Opportunities Academy as a matter of policy provides educational opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, or age. In addition, Collegiate Academies does not permit or condone discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical disability, or age in employment matters or assignment in programs or services provided.

If you wish to discuss the regulations governing these policies, or wish to discuss a concern or file a grievance, please contact our James Lukens at 504-503-1421.

Grievance Procedure:

Any student, parent/guardian, employee or employment applicant who feels that he/she has been discriminated against on the basis of race, creed, color, age, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, or marital status may discuss and/or file a grievance with the appropriate compliance. Reporting should take place, in writing, within forty (40) calendar days of the alleged discrimination.

A student or parent/guardian of a student who has a question or concerns may choose to seek the help of the building administrator or another adult with whom they trust, such as a teacher, counselor, nurse, psychologist. If satisfaction cannot be achieved through this discussion, the adult sought by the student should assist the student in reporting the incident, in writing, to the school compliance officer, Kathleen Coverick, at hello@opportunitiesacademy.org. The goal is to resolve the problem at the lowest possible administrative level with an equitable solution.

The compliance officer will commence an effective, thorough, objective and complete investigation of the complaint within ten (10) working days after receipt of the complaint. The compliance officer will consult with all individuals reasonably believed to have relevant information, including the complainant and the alleged violator, any witnesses to the conduct, and victims of similar conduct that the investigator reasonably believes may exist. The investigation shall be free of stereotypical assumptions about either party. The investigation shall be carried on discreetly, maintaining confidentiality insofar as possible while still conducting an effective and thorough investigation. Throughout the entire investigation process, due process rights will be upheld. No reprisals will be taken or permitted for truthfully asserting a complaint.

The compliance officer shall make a written report summarizing the results of the investigation and proposed disposition of the matter, and shall provide copies to the complainant, the alleged violator, and, as appropriate, to all others directly concerned within fifteen (15) working days after receiving the complaint.

If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision of the compliance officer, an appeal in writing may be made to Collegiate Academies’ Chief Executive Office, Benjamin Marcovitz within ten (10) days of receipt of the decision. Appeals may be submitted via email to bmarcovitz@collegiateacademies.org or mailed to:

Collegiate Academies
Attn: Benjamin Marcovitz
PO Box 872110
New Orleans, LA 70187

The Chief Executive Officer, within thirty (30) working days, will investigate the complaint and may conduct a hearing to gather additional information. The decision of the Chief Executive Officer will be final. The Board of Directors does not consider individual parent grievances except in cases related to the alleged violation of law.

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