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NEW ORLEANS – (May 28, 2019) – For the 13th year in a row, the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and Premier Automotive Group awarded a brand-new car, courtesy of Toyota of New Orleans, to a graduating senior with perfect attendance. This year’s car awarded was a 2019 Toyota Yaris IA, which went to Jamal Beaulieu from McMain High School.

“This is an event our seniors with perfect attendance look forward to every year,” said OPSB Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. “This year, 34 seniors did not miss a day of school. The opportunity to compete for this car is a fantastic reward for their commitment.”

The winner was selected via lottery and only students who attended the drawing were eligible to win. Other students with perfect attendance were eligible for monetary donations and swag bags provided by Premier Automotive Group, along with All-Star Electric, Mobile-One Auto Sound and Core Construction.

“This event is very important to me personally. I want to be part of the solution to keep kids in school,” said Troy Duhon, founder and president of Premier Automotive. “During the last 13 years, we have rewarded several hundred outstanding high school seniors with new cars and/or scholarships. Hopefully, we have inspired them to succeed in life.”

ABOUT OPSB: The OPSB currently oversees 78 public schools, including 75 charter schools, three direct-operated schools and a school with two educational programs for students in secure-care facilities. On July 1, all New Orleans public schools were unified under the oversight of the locally-elected Orleans Parish School Board for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. Learn more about Unification here.

For more information, visit www.opsb.us. For updates, follow OPSB on Facebook, Instagram @orleansparishschoolboard and Twitter @_OPSB.

New Orleans – (July 14, 2019) – The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) has announced a new Late Enrollment schedule due to Hurricane Barry. Late Enrollment has been rescheduled to start on Tuesday, July 16 at 8:30 a.m. at Dillard University serving only high school students in need of a school for the 2019-2020 school year.

Beginning Wednesday, July 17, Late Enrollment will serve all families in need of placement in grades K-12. 


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NEW ORLEANS – (July 03, 2019) – In June, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) approved a proposal establishing four athletic zones for high school students based on their residence impacting freshmen and transferring students only.

Impacted student athletes residing in certain zip codes are only eligible to participate in athletics at the respective schools within the athletic attendance zone. For example, a student athlete that resides in 70127 will be eligible to participate in varsity athletics at Carver, Einstein, Livingston Prep, Sci Academy, St. Mary’s, KIPP Renaissance and Martin Luther King High School.

The new athletic zones will be in effect for the 2019-2020 school year and will only impact 9th grade and transfer students for the upcoming school year and thereafter. All 10th-11th grade student athletes that return to their school will be eligible regardless of their residence. Additionally, 9th grade and transfer students will be eligible to play junior varsity sports if they reside outside of the approved athletic attendance zone.

The new athletic zones are as follows:

ATTENDANCE ZONE 1

ATTENDANCE ZONE 2

ATTENDANCE ZONE 3

ATTENDANCE ZONE 4

Click here for a map including the changes to the athletic attendance zones.

ABOUT OPSB: The OPSB currently oversees 78 public schools, including 75 charter schools, three direct-operated schools and a school with two educational programs for students in secure-care facilities. On July 1, 2018, all New Orleans public schools were unified under the oversight of the locally-elected Orleans Parish School Board for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. Learn more about Unification here.

NEW ORLEANS – (July 11, 2019) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) released the 2018-2019 Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) 2025 score results for the Orleans Parish School District. Based on testing results, overall student achievement in Orleans Parish has not improved from the previous school year.

At the K8 level, the percent of students achieving Mastery or above on English Language Arts decreased by 1% while Math and Social Studies has remained the same compared to last school year.

NEW ORLEANS – (May 15, 2019) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Education announced graduation rates across the state with Orleans Parish Schools showing remarkable improvement. According to the Department of Education, the citywide graduation rate has increased by nearly five percentage points, rising from 72.9 percent in 2017 to 77.8 percent in 2018. This rate of improvement outpaces average growth made statewide, setting Orleans Parish apart from other parishes across the state.

Table 1: Orleans Parish Cohort Graduation Rate over time

2016 2017 2018
Orleans Parish 72.1% 72.9% 77.8%
Louisiana 77.0% 78.2% 81.4%

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

Most notably, the city’s impact with Economically Disadvantaged students and Students with Disabilities exceeded the state average for those students who graduated on time in 2018. In New Orleans, 76.4 percent of Economically Disadvantaged students in the class of 2018, compared to 75.5 percent statewide graduated on time. Graduating Students with Disabilities in New Orleans exceeded the state average by 6.5 percentage points, with 65.8 percent graduating on time compared to 59.3 percent statewide in 2018.

Additionally, the improvement citywide was also mirrored across specific sub-groups. New Orleans saw increases for African-American, Economically Disadvantaged, Students with Disabilities, and English Learners, ranging from 3.6 to 10.5 percentage points between 2017 and 2018. The largest gains came from Students with Disabilities. In 2017, the cohort graduation rate for students with disabilities was 55.3 percent, compared to 65.8 percent in 2018.

Table 2: Orleans Parish Cohort Graduation Rate – By Subgroup

All students African-American students Economically disadvantaged students Students with disabilities English Learners
2016 72.1% 70.7% 72.4% 47.1% 50.9%
2017 72.9% 71.6% 72.8% 55.3% 30.9%
2018 77.8% 78.0% 76.4% 65.8% 35.6%

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

Compared to other similarly sized districts, New Orleans continues to have the highest graduation rate.

Table 3: Orleans Parish compared to large Louisiana Districts

Orleans Parish East Baton Rouge + RSD Jefferson Parish
2017 72.9% 66.1% 71.8%
2018 77.8% 71.7% 73.4%

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

Orleans Parish also outperforms large Louisiana districts for graduation outcomes for Students with Disabilities.

Table 4: Orleans Parish compared to large Louisiana Districts-Subgroup

African-American students Economically disadvantaged students Students with disabilities English Learners
Orleans Parish 78.0% 76.4% 65.8% 35.6%
Jefferson Parish 76.6% 69.9% 35.9% 30.8%
East Baton Rouge + RSD 71.1% 64.7% 46.5% 22.4%

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

“As a unified school system in New Orleans, we have reason to be proud of our rising graduation rate. Excellent progress is being made every day, especially for our students most in need. These outcomes reflect the hard work of our students and educators along with the support of our families and the community-at-large, working together to ensure every student graduates on time and prepared for the future,” said OPSB Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr.

“While our system of schools must be relentlessly focused on ensuring every student is prepared to meet the demands for graduation, these new outcomes indicate our elementary schools and high schools across the city continue to stand out among their counterparts statewide. Their results showcase our educators’ excellent work in helping students graduate on time and preparing them for college and future careers,” said OPSB Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr.

ABOUT OPSB: The OPSB currently oversees 78 public schools, including 75 charter schools, three direct-operated schools and a school with two educational programs for students in secure-care facilities. On July 1, all New Orleans public schools were unified under the oversight of the locally-elected Orleans Parish School Board for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. Learn more about Unification here.

For more information, visit www.opsb.us. For updates, follow OPSB on FacebookInstagram @orleansparishschoolboard and Twitter @_OPSB.

External Resources

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2401 Westbend Parkway
New Orleans, Louisiana 70114

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

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