School Mascot: Eagle
School Colors: Burgundy, Navy, and Khaki
John L. Ory School was originally a four-room framed structure erected in 1908 on a tract of land that was donated by landowner, John L. Ory. Additional rooms were added in 1920 to accommodate the ever-increasing enrollment. In 1928, the building again proved inadequate; therefore as a result of a bond issue, the new school was erected at a cost of $44,000.
Today, the renovated and restructured John L. Ory Communication Arts Magnet School houses about 430 students in grades K-8 with a fully-certified staff. Under the Louisiana Accountability Program, Ory Magnet School has proven that it is a distinguished school. Since the inception of this new program, Ory has demonstrated continuous growth, earning a growth label of “Exemplary Growth” each cycle and the school label of “Four Star School.” Following a communication arts philosophy, student learning is focused on the skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. These skills are infused through our total curriculum. Special programs at JLO are aimed at developing traditional and alternative means for improving student achievement and establishing a strong parental involvement program. These special programs combined with an outstanding teaching staff are the reasons for the continued success of the school.
Ory students are expected to maintain high standards in order to stay in the magnet program. These standards include following the mandatory uniform policy and maintaining the effort requirement on a daily basis. The effort requirement states that students must come to school prepared, complete class work, complete homework, follow classroom rules and follow the district’s discipline code. Students are required to achieve 90% of the effort requirement.
WJLO, a state-of-the-art television broadcast studio, is the only one of its kind in a public elementary school in Louisiana. During units of study, students develop multi-media projects using computers, cameras, and videos that are aired via the studio.