How OneApp Works

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School placements are based on the ranked list of school choices on your OneApp, how many seats are offered at each school in each grade level, each school’s priorities, and your random lottery number and priority to your selected schools.

You are first given a random lottery number. Then, you are grouped by the priorities of the schools you list on the application.

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 in priority groups are placed first, in order of their lottery number. Then, all other applicants are placed by their lottery number, until all seats are full. There are no waitlists for K-12 schools. Applicants are not 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 are assigned to one of the schools you list on your application, you will lose your current school placement. It is therefore very important that families only list choices that they prefer more than their current school. In submitting an application, you consent to give up your current school spot if you are placed at one of your choices.

Geographic Priority
Sibling Priority
School Performance & Accountability
Seat Availability/Demand
Special Education
How to Apply Online


Geographic Priority:

Geographic priority for most schools is determined by “geographic catchment zones,” a way of splitting up the city by neighborhood. The zones we use to determine placements can be seen in the map on the right side of this page. The Geographic Zones were revised in Summer 2016. There are now seven (7) zones, separated by zip code.

The majority of K-8 schools offer partial geographic priority, which means that applicants residing in the school’s geographic catchment zone will get priority to half (50%) of available seats. Geographic priority does not apply to the other half of available seats, so that other applicants will have the opportunity to attend schools outside of their zone. There are some schools that grant geographic priority for a higher percentage of their seats, or to certain zip codes rather than to an
entire geographic zone. To look at schools’ priority information, click here.

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.

Sibling Priority:

OneApp allows you to receive priority if you would like to attend the same school as your sibling. If you apply to the school where your sibling currently attends, you will get sibling priority.

Family Link: If you submit an application for each child listing the same school selections in the same order, the students will be family-linked, and OneApp will attempt to assign the students to the same school or early childhood program if possible.

Please note that Family Link will only apply to students applying to public schools. If you include nonpublic schools on your application, Family Link will not apply. Family Link does not give you priority to the schools you list on your application.

School Performance & Accountability:

The Louisiana Department of Education is committed to providing all Louisiana families access to high quality school choices. School performance and accountability measures are an important part of ensuring schools are meeting this commitment to their students.

This is primarily focused on K12 schools. How is school performance assessed?

Each year, the Louisiana Department of Education issues School Performance Scores (SPS) and Letter Grades for public schools. These grades are based on student results on State tests, student performance on the national tests such as ACT and AP, and student graduation rates. Schools that are newly opened, experiencing a change in operator, or serve a unique student population, may not receive performance scores or letter grades.

What is charter extension and renewal?

In New Orleans, the majority of our schools are charter schools. Charter schools are public schools that are governed by independent non-profit school boards. These schools have a contract to operate a school for a period of time ranging from 3 to 10 years. Once a charter school’s contract expires, either the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) or the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) determines whether to renew the schools’ contract. The charter renewal process ensures that only the highest public performing schools remain in operation in New Orleans.

BESE and OPSB consider a set of established criteria when making extension and renewal decisions. In order to be eligible for their first extension and renewal, charter schools must receive a letter grade of at least a ‘D;’ for subsequent renewals, charter schools must receive a letter grade of at least a ‘C.’ If a school fails to meet these criteria, their charter agreement may not be renewed or extended, and the school may be taken over by a new operator, or may not reopen the following school year.

What does this mean for my family?

School Performance Scores and Letter Grades* are two of several factors to take into account when selecting a school for your child. If you are interested in seeing which schools are up for renewal this year, look for that information in the schools’ list here. To learn more about what your school is doing to prepare for their renewal timeline, talk to your school’s leadership, or attend your school’s next board meeting.

For more information on charter extension and renewal, how student performance is measured, and how and why these decisions are made, please visit the Louisiana Department of Education at louisianabelieves.com or OPSB at opsb.us.

How do I read School Performance Schools and Letter Grades?

Use the tables below to determine how School Performance Scores (SPS) translate to Letter Grades. The highest possible letter grade is an “A.” The lowest possible letter grade is an “F.” If a failing school was taken over by a new operator, their letter grade will be reported as “T” for the next two years. For more information on how SPS and Letter Grades are used to ensure quality education for students, visit louisianabelieves.com/accountability

Early Childhood

1 STAR: Center has a license in good standing and no outstanding deficiencies.
2 STARS: Center staff has received more specialized training and the center has completed a self-assessment plan.
3–5 STARS: Center provides quality child care based on staff qualifications and the Environment Rating Scales.

Seat Availability/Demand:

OneApp encourages all families when applying to list their most preferred school as their first choice. However, we recommend that you list the full 8 choices. Placements are determined by many factors, including seat availability at the school. When listing your school choices on the application, make sure you are satisfied with all of them. If there is not availability in your first choice schools, it is possible that you will be placed in one of your lower ranked schools.

Special Education:

The Recovery School District does not consider a student’s disability when assigning students to schools. Students with disabilities and English Language Learners may apply and be matched to any participating school that they are eligible to attend. The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) reserves the right to assign a student with disabilities to a school site other than those school choices selected by the parent / legal guardian. The school assignment will take into account parent choice and will be consistent with the parent’s and child’s rights in accordance with federal and state law. The Louisiana Department of Education does not consider a student’s disability when assigning students to nonpublic schools. Some nonpublic schools may not offer additional educational services for students with disabilities, but all schools must enroll all students awarded scholarships, regardless of disability. Please reference the school information here for more information about special education services offered at participating nonpublic schools. Please contact the school(s) of your choice before listing them on your child’s application to ensure they are able to meet your child’s needs.

Learn About Special Education Programming

http://opsb.us/departments/exceptional-childrens-services/
http://www.louisianabelieves.com/resources/library/special-education-program-descriptions—orleans-type-2-or-type-5

Please note that all LEAs are required to serve your child, regardless of exceptionality. If you have questions or concerns about special education programming, please email oneapp@rsdla.net

How to Apply Online:

Research
An important factor in school choice is understanding your options. There are a number of publicly available resources that publish detailed information about New Orleans’ schools, based on things parents have expressed are important to them when selecting a school. Make sure to browse this website, view school profiles, and contact schools directly before making your school choices.

Begin the Application Process
Already have a OneApp account?  Login and proceed.

Don’t have an Account?

  • click “create an account.” You will need a valid email address to continue
  • the password will be sent to the email you used to open your account

Create your Application
From the top menu bar on oneapp.force.com, click on the ‘Apply Now’ tab. Click “Add Student to My Family” at the bottom right corner of the Family Profile.
Click “apply” next to the student’s name.
You MUST ‘add’ each child in your family, even children who are not submitting an application. Adding students to your family is how we will know to give your students sibling priority.

Review your Application
If you are applying to public school for the first time, or if you are transitioning to a new school next year (for example, entering high school for the first time), we recommend listing 8 preferred choices.

If you’re applying to transfer schools, only list choices you would prefer MORE than your current school. If you apply and are assigned to a school you choose on your OneApp, you will lost your current seat assignment.

If you’d like to continue to attend your current school next year, you should NOT submit a OneApp.

Submit your OneApp
Main Round application results will be available in April, and will will be posted online in the application portal as soon as they are available. Please make sure you check back at that time, as you may be required to act on your child’s placement.

All applicants will receive notification of their application results. Notification will be sent by email to all applicants who apply online, and also by USPS to applicants who submit a paper application. We will use the address and email information provided in your child’s application to notify you, so please make sure your information is up-to-date. If you do not receive notification of your results, please contact our team promptly at oneapp@opsb.us, or 877-343-4773