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Aba Healing Academy

New Orleans, La.

Aba Healing Academy (Aba) is a private school built on the values of faith, family, focus, and foundation. The faith component centers on the religious concept of Candomblé, which teaches ancient African concepts from Yoruba and the Bantu people coupled with the tenets of Catholicism. Family is at the core of the school’s vision of unity that must be taught in the context of students’ families and the larger community. Focus refers to the school’s use of individualized instruction while foundation refers to the social-emotional, learning-based, character development program and Yoruba ethical principles that are the school’s foundation. Aba offers an inquiry and project-based approach with personalized learning plans for each student. In addition, it utilizes flexible-age classes and incorporate small-group advisories to support students and develop relationships.