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NOLA Public Schools believes in putting children first. Every child. We can bring them to their fullest potential by meeting their unique needs, enriching their academic lives, and providing comprehensive equitable services. This resource page aims to provide you with an overview of the special education programs, policies, and procedures our schools.

 

If your child attends one of the following schools, the school district maintains more specific information on the special education program at that school. See below for that information. If your child does not attend one of the schools below, use the school directory to contact your child’s school for more information.

  • Ben Franklin Elementary Mathematics and Science School
  • Elan Academy
  • Homer A. Plessy Community
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary Charter
  • McDonogh 35 Senior High School (upper grades)
  • Rooted School
  • Travis Hill Schools

Special Education Program Descriptions

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Child Search

Our Child Search Office conducts screenings and/or multidisciplinary evaluations for children, ages 3-5, suspected of having a disability. This service is provided to all children within Orleans Parish, at no cost to the family. To access the Child Search Scheduling System, please click the button below, or call 504-304-4988 to schedule an appointment.

Request a Child Search Appointment

Administrative Reviews of Private Evaluations

If your child has a current evaluation (within one year of today’s date) from a private vendor, please bring a copy of the complete evaluation and the Request for Administrative Review Form to the attention of the Assistant Director of ECS, at 2401 Westbend Parkway, Suite 2060, New Orleans, Louisiana 70114 , or email a copy to ecs@opsb.us.

Request for Administrative Review

Spring 2020 School Transitions Guide

The NOLAPS Transitions Resource Guide is a digital collection of resources for families and students with special needs transitioning into life after their high school careers. The guide includes information on more than 60 local organizations that provide support in areas such as employment, community access, housing, independent living, financial planning and legal rights. 

NOLA-PS School Transitions Guide

If your child attends one of the following schools, the school district maintains more specific information on the special education program at that school. See below for that information. If your child does not attend one of the schools below, use the school directory to contact your child’s school for more information.

  • Ben Franklin Elementary Mathematics and Science School
  • Elan Academy
  • Homer A. Plessy Community
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary Charter

  • McDonogh 35 Senior High School (upper grades)
  • rooted school
  • Travis Hill Schools

Section 504 Grievance Procedures

See above for specific schools

These procedures were designed to provide an orderly process for the resolution of student and parent/guardian complaints related to the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibits discrimination against a person with a disability solely on the basis of that disability in programs, activities or employment practices. An equitable resolution of such complaints should be secured at the most immediate administrative level as fairly and expeditiously as possible

Section 504 Grievance Protocol

Special Education Complaint Protocol (LEA ONLY)

See above for specific schools

If your child has an IEP and attends a school under the jurisdiction of the Orleans Parish School Board, and you would like to submit a complaint, please use the Online Complaint Submission Form.

You are not required to use this form to file a complaint with the Orleans Parish School Board. You may send a letter or e-mail instead of this form; however, the letter or e-mail must include the information identified in this form. All complaints are received and reviewed by Kathryn Elichman, Director of ECS and/or Joni Lastrapes, Director of ECS. They may be reached via the following mediums: 2401 Westbend Parkway, Suite 2060, New Orleans, Louisiana 70114; ecs@opsb.us; 504-304-4935; or 504-304-4995.

Submit Complaint Online

External Resources

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

2401 Westbend Parkway
New Orleans, Louisiana 70114

Phone: 504-304-3520

Hotline Number for Parents
504-527-KIDS

School-based issues or concerns during normal business hours

24-hour Hotline Number for Community
504-522-HELP
District based community concerns, feedback, & inquiries after-hours support