Here are the public schools New Orleans parents really want their kids to attend in 2022 | Education

It’s springtime in New Orleans, which means thousands of families around the city recently learned where they will send their children to school come August.

For the first time, families this year could apply to all of the public charter schools in New Orleans through the NOLA Public Schools Common Application Process, or NCAP, including schools like Lusher and Ben Franklin High School, which have academic admission requirements. Formerly known as OneApp, it allows parents to apply for any school in New Orleans no matter where they live, but priority in the lottery process is often given to students with siblings already at the school or who live in the neighborhood.

About 9,600 families applied for spots in the city’s public schools this year, up from 9,200 last year.

Parents can rank up to 12 schools on the application, in order of preference. Most schools have some kind of priority, such as sibling preference, reserved seats for students living within a half-mile of the school or parents who work in a partnering university. Everyone else goes into a lottery, and some don’t get placed at all and move into a second round where students are funneled into leftover spots.

About 9,600 families applied for spots in the city’s public schools this year, up from 9,200 last year.

matching up

Overall, the percentage of students who secured a spot at one of their top three choices remained consistent with last year — 86% of students applying for a spot at a new school got in and 82% matched into one of their top three choices, the same percentage as last year.

Of students applying for a spot in kindergarten or 9th grade, the two biggest entry points to New Orleans public schools, the match rates are even higher — 94% got into a school and 90% got into one of their top three choices.

The most popular elementary and high schools didn’t change from last year.

Hynes Charter School in Lakeview, an A-rated school, saw the most applicants for kindergarten this year, with 628 families seeking entry. The match rate was just 19%.

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Lusher Charter School received the second-most kindergarten applicants, followed by Bricolage Academy, Audubon Charter School Montessori and Audubon Charter School – Gentilly.

For high school, Warren Easton Charter High School, an A-rated school, received the most 9th grade applications, 2,059, and had a match rate of 34%. Edna Karr High School, which also had a match rate of 34%, had the second most applicants for 9th grade, followed by Benjamin Franklin High School Eleanor McMain Secondary School and McDonogh 35 Senior High School. Other than Warren Easton, Edna Karr and McMain, the top ten high schools had a 100% match rate.

The match rate does not take into account students who are ineligible — including those who may have applied with a non-New Orleans address — or those that have already been matched to a higher-ranked choice.

Supply and demand

But the problem of scarcity remains: with limited spots in highly-rated schools, some families are bound to be disappointed, and some students did not receive a placement at all.

In 2020, one quarter of the 11,314 applicants didn’t get placed into any of the choices they had listed as first round picks for the 2020-21 school year. The following year, in 2021, 999 students did not receive a placement in the first round.

Student who did not receive a placement should apply for the second round of placement, which began on April 11 and will close May 13.

This year, 852 students did not receive a placement. The vast majority of those students, 86%, listed three or fewer choices on their applications, drastically decreasing their odds. About 40% of the students who did not receive a placement were applying for kindergarten or 9th grade spots.

When announcing the switch from OneApp to NCAP last year, NOLA Public Schools Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. said that the uniified NCAP process would allow families “to apply to the schools that best meet the needs of their children.”

“Our enrollment team is committed to treating all applications fairly, and the NOLA-PS team will continue to work towards providing options and expanding access that ensures all our students receive a high quality education,” Lewis said.

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