Uptown Messenger Series: Why My Children and I Love Samuel J. Green Charter School

October 7, 2019

“The Teachers Are My Favorite Part”: Why Our Family Loves Samuel J. Green Charter School 

In this fourth of our ten-essay series by parents of students at public schools Uptown, Antonio and Revonda Darensbourg write about their children’s experience at Samuel J. Green Charter School.

Uptown, like New Orleans as a whole, has many public school options for families – from college preparatory schools, to three different language immersion programs, to a Montessori program, to a technology career pathway school.

In this series, we hear from parents themselves on why their child’s school is right for them.


In 2012, we sent our first child, Antonio, to school at Samuel J. Green Charter School. The first day naturally brought tears, both from him and from us, as we parted ways for the day. But when he came home that afternoon, Antonio was excited and happy. The next day, he was looking forward to going back. We said to each other, okay, we’re going to keep him here as long as we can.

A few years later, we were happy to send our second child, Reya, to Green as well. She has loved it, just like Antonio. When we asked Reya what she liked most about Green, she said…