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ABOUT
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Our Vision

All students receive a high-quality education that fosters their individual capabilities, while ensuring that they thrive and are prepared for civic, social, and economic success.

Who We Are

NOLA Public Schools is the public school district for Orleans Parish, which shares the exact same boundaries as the City of New Orleans. It includes our elected school board, entitled the Orleans Parish School Board, our district administration lead by Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr., and our 79 public schools.

NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) at its heart is an organization dedicated to the success of every New Orleans public school student. The promise of American education is the opportunities that it should make accessible. New Orleans must deliver on this promise; our work is expansive, and urgent. We truly believe every child and every school can succeed with hard work every day.

78

Schools

52

Elementary

20

High Schools

6

Combination Schools

2,554

Graduates (2018)

44,631

Students

New Orleans Public Schools Governance Chart 2019-20

Our Diversity

Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1% American Indian: 0.2% Multiple Races: 1% Asian: 2% White: 7% Hispanic: 7% Black: 82%

New Orleans Students Pre vs. Post Katrina

Graduation Rate

2004

52%

2018

78%

TOPS Eligibility Rate

2004

25%

2017

47%

College Entry Rate

2004

37%

2017

61%

HISTORY

One hundred twenty-three years after the founding of New Orleans as a French port city and thirty-eight years after the Louisiana Purchase, the New Orleans Public Schools system was established on March 26, 1841.

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GOVERNANCE

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), established in 1974, governs all schools in Louisiana.

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Looking Forward

Local control of our schools allows us to build on what’s been done and all the progress made, all while pursuing a stronger future. We are clarifying in real-time what is critical and indispensable about our unique system, and what must be challenged and improved. Learn more about our work in our strategic plan, here, or in this op-ed, written by Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr., “How New Orleans’s Unique School System Is Working for Our Students, Families & Neighborhoods and Reclaiming the Future for Our City”.

"The progress we’re making in New Orleans has national importance. The nation is closely following what’s happening here as cities work to structure their systems in ways that benefit all children, offering not just choice, but quality choice."

— Henderson Lewis Jr., Ph.D., Superintendent of New Orleans Schools

NOLA Public Schools Strategic Plan FY 2018 – 2021

NOLA Public Schools’ three-year strategic plan is the implementation of its vision for the students of New Orleans and was created with input from the people of New Orleans. With eight goals, five priorities, and dozens of strategies, we are leaning in to the work ahead.

External Resources

NOLA Public Schools. Every Child. Every School. Every Day.

2401 Westbend Parkway
New Orleans, Louisiana 70114

Phone: 504-304-3520
Email: Communications@opsb.us

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