Learn About the Process
OneApp, the annual New Orleans Public School Enrollment Process, offers students the opportunity to easily apply to all participating schools using one application.
Applications for the 2015-2016 school year launch the week of November 3, 2014.
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There are three ways to submit an application:
Should I apply during the “Early Window,” or the “Standard Window”?
All students seeking to apply to a new school, or to apply to attend a New Orleans Public School for the first time, are welcome to apply during the Main Round Early Window. The only students who are required to apply during the Early Window are those students applying to schools with admissions testing requirements.
If you would like to apply to a school with academic entrance requirements, you must list it on your child’s OneApp and submit your application by December 19. These schools are indicated on the school list (pgs. 11-30).
All Main Round applications will be processed at the same time, including applications to schools with academic entrance requirements. There is no advantage given to students who apply to schools without academic entrance requirements during the Early Window.
How does the process work?
Applicants receive a school placement based on family preference, each school’s priorities, the number of available seats, and how many other students apply.
School priority groups can include things like siblings of students continuing at the school, and/or residence within the school’s geographic zone. Applicants in priority groups will be considered first if there are more applicants than available seats.
Applicants are first given a random lottery number. Applicants are then grouped by the priorities of the schools they listed on the application.
Applicants in priority groups are placed first by their lottery number. Then, all other applicants are placed by their lottery number, until all seats are full. There are no waitlists for grades Kindergarten – 12th grade. Pre-kindergarten applicants will be placed on the waitlists of any schools to which they apply and do not receive a placement.
There is no situation where an applicant is guaranteed placement at a specific school, even if they are in a priority group.
If you already attend a OneApp school, submit an application, and get assigned to one of the schools you list on your application, you will lose your guarantee to return to your current school. It is therefore very important that families only list choices that they prefer to their current school. In submitting an application, you consent to giving up your current school spot if you are placed at one of your choices.
Match Results and Placement Notification
How do I find out my child’s placement?
Parents will be able to find out the application results the week of April 6. Applicants who provide an email address will be notified as soon as results are available, and a letter will be mailed to the address you list on the application form on page 9. We strongly recommend providing a working email address if possible.
Results will also be available at Family Resource Centers and participating schools. See below for more information on reaching our Family Resource Center staff. Please note that families must claim their seat placement by May 15, 2015.
What is “Geographic Priority”?
The majority of K-8 schools offer partial geographic priority, which means that applicants residing in the school’s zone will get priority to half the seats. Geographic priority does not apply to the other half of their seats, so that applicants outside of the zone will have an equal chance at those seats. There are some schools that grant geographic priority for all of their seats, which means all applicants who live within these schools’ zones will be prioritized for placement. Students residing outside of the zone are less likely to receive a placement for these schools. These schools include Alice Harte, Edna Karr, and Foundation Preparatory Academy.
Students enrolling in most high schools will not receive geographic priority. This approach maximizes student choice and allows schools to specialize in particular programs and areas. Families should consider these factors when selecting schools and planning for next school year.
How is priority status determined?
Geographic priority is determined by “catchment zones,” a way of splitting up the city by neighborhood. The zones we use to determine placements can be seen in the map above. There are six catchment zones total: Downtown / Ninth Ward (1), Central City / Garden District (2), Uptown / Carrollton (3), Mid-City / Lakeview (4), New Orleans East / Gentilly (5), and the Westbank / Algiers (6).
To find out which schools are in your zone, and which zone your neighborhood is in, see the back cover of the application packet, or reference the materials here. You can also find all schools in your geographic area by contacting us:
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Or at a Family Resource Center.