The purpose of the Annual Report is to give families, schools, and the community a greater understanding of how and why the centralized enrollment system was developed, how it works, and whether or not it is succeeding in its goal of creating a fair, transparent, and equitable enrollment process driven by family choice.
The OneApp Main Round application cycle is the primary application cycle for students who are new to the New Orleans, seeking to transfer schools, or entering school for the first time. Whenever possible, applying students should participate in the Main Round, as this is when schools have the most available seats, and students therefore have the greatest likelihood of being assigned to one of their school choices. The majority of New Orleans public schools (89% as of 2015-2016 application cycle) participate in the centralized enrollment process.
We know that there are times when our students change schools outside of the traditional OneApp process. The Office of Enrollment Transitions facilitates the successful enrollment and transfer between schools for students with unique enrollment needs or disciplinary concerns.
View the Enrollment Policies for the 2016-2017 School Year:
The Louisiana Scholarship program empowers low-income families with the same opportunity as more affluent parents already have – the financial resources to send their child to the school of their choice. For more information about scholarships:
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.
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 www.louisianabelieves.com or OPSB at opsb.us.
How do I read School Performance Schools and 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, click here
EnrollNOLA would like to extend gratitude to the organizations who are our partners in ensuring families have access to resources that will help them make the best decisions for their students and families.
Agenda for Children is a nonprofit and service organization that focuses on the well-being of children, from birth through eighteen years of age. Their mission is to make Louisiana a state in which all children can thrive.
Urban League of Greater New Orleans (ULGNO) helps individuals attain economic self-sufficiency through advocacy and community organization as well as program services in areas of education, economic development, employment and training, youth and family services.