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Across New Orleans, more than 90 percent of public school students currently attend charter schools. These schools have led to a dramatic increase in the number of students meeting academic proficiency standards and the performance gap between students in Orleans Parish and Louisiana as a whole has dramatically decreased over the last 14 plus years.

Despite these gains, additional progress is needed. Every student in New Orleans deserves equal access to high quality schools where their interests will come first, where they and their families will have choice, and where educators will have the tools and support they need to be successful. The Orleans Parish School Board Request For Charter Applications will begin in December 2019. If you are interested in applying, please submit a Letter of Intent. Please find the Spring 2019 Charter Application below as a reference, however, please note that the LDOE updates the application annually, and thus this application will change prior to applications by received by the OPSB.


Additional Cycles can be found in our archive website: previous.opsb.us – for additional information please consider filing a public records request.

Application Tracks & Types

Track Qualifications
New Operators • nonprofit organization whose primary members (founder and/or proposed school leader) do not have prior experience in leading or managing a public school, AND
• who do not intend to employ an educational service provider (ESP) with prior experience in leading or managing public schools*
Experienced Operators • nonprofit organizations whose primary members (founder and/or proposed school leader) have prior experience in leading or managing a single school, AND/OR
• nonprofit organizations which have operated more than one charter school, AND/OR
• nonprofit organizations which intend to employ an education service provider (ESP) which has operated more than one charter school.

Type Definition
Type 3 Conversion The conversion of existing OPSB district-operated public schools to charter schools.
Type 1 – New Start Proposals for new charter schools.
Type 1 - Transformation Proposals that intend to serve all or some of the students in an existing Orleans parish charter school that is subject to closure.
Type 1 – Transformation (Full Takeover) Charter applicants which intend to continue to serve all grade levels and all students currently enrolled at the closing school.
Type 1 – Transformation (Reconfiguration) Charter applicants which intend to change the grade levels served at the closing school, while serving all eligible students currently enrolled at the school.

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District Primary Contact

For any questions regarding opening a charter school in New Orleans, and/or the application process, please contact Dr. Kelli Peterson, kelli_peterson@opsb.us

External Resources

BoardDocs
Meeting Agendas and Supporting Information

Board Policy
Policy Manual Display and Reference Guide

enrollNOLA
Guides and resources to help students and families with the opportunity to choose a school that suits their interests and needs.

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