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How to Apply to a Non-OneApp School in New Orleans

OneApp, the universal enrollment system for New Orleans schools, now covers virtually all public schools in the city in addition to private schools that participate in the Louisiana Scholarship Program.  It is intended to simplify the enrollment process for parents, who list the schools they’d like for their children on a single online or paper form, then get matched to schools with openings through an independently administered process.

Not all public schools participate in OneApp, though. Eight schools, including most of New Orleans’ selective enrollment schools, still use their own application processes. That can be confusing for parents, who have to research each school’s requirements and timelines in addition to applying to any other schools through OneApp. 

Parents can choose to do both--apply through OneApp and try for schools that aren't in it--but some parents don’t even consider non-OneApp schools.  While understandable, we’d like parents to know all their options and to feel empowered to pursue any school that might be a good fit for their child.  To make things a little easier, we made a short primer on the enrollment processes for non-OneApp schools. But first, families should know a few things:

  • There’s paperwork to manage. Proof of residency documents, past report cards, birth certificate originals and copies, immunization records, test scores. Nothing extraordinary, but all together it’s a lot to keep track of, especially if you’re applying to more than one school. Applications won’t be considered complete without all the required components.
  • There’s a meaningful time commitment required. Most schools require in-person delivery of applications during school day hours. Others require parents to attend mandatory curriculum meetings or orientations, often offered on a single day (sometimes during normal work hours) and verified via sign-in sheets or parent surveys.  Parents need to be prepared to set aside time to complete these steps, which may necessitate modifications to work schedules or asking for time off.
  • Your child may be tested. Some selective enrollment schools, including Lake Forest and Lusher, require interested students to appear in-person for basic skills testing.  Testing is done even with prospective kindergartners.  But not all of the non-OneApp schools have academic entrance requirements.  Check first.

In sum, this is a whole different animal than the OneApp process.  Some families are extremely interested in non-OneApp schools, reasoning that the process allows them to learn in-depth about the school community and that a one-time investment can land a spot for their child that lasts from kindergarten through eighth grade (or beyond, in the case of Lusher, which has a high school). Other families are turned off by what they see as onerous requirements that make it extremely difficult for lower income families to gain access to coveted seats.  We hear both reactions when we talk to parents.

Whatever route a family chooses to take, we can all agree they should have the best information available.  Without further ado, here’s an overview of each school’s process:


Audubon Charter School (PK-8)

Application Deadline: 1/8/16

Admissions Process:

  1. Attend an open house (optional)
  2. Complete application form (PDF - includes Greater New Orleans Collaborative of Charter Schools application plus Audubon supplemental form)
  3. Submit application forms in person, 9 AM – 2 PM daily (till 1 PM Wed), at 1111 Milan Street
  4. Attend a mandatory 1.5 hour curriculum meeting
  5. Complete admissions and/or French language test (scheduled after application is received)

Note that Audubon has a separate admissions process for Pre-K students.

Admissions Testing:

  • Students applying for grades 1-8 in the French School must pass a French Proficiency test in April.
  • Students applying for grades 3-8 in Montessori or French Program must take an admissions test. Date is assigned when completed application is received.

Website: http://www.auduboncharter.com/index.jsp


Benjamin Franklin High School (9-12)

Application Deadline: 1/8/16

Admissions Process:

  1. Attend an open house (optional)
  2. Complete the GNO Collaborative Shared Application for High School Admission (PDF)
  3. Submit application materials in person or by mail or email (2001 Leon C. Simon Dr., New Orleans, LA 70122)
  4. Complete admissions test (scheduled after application is received)

Admissions Testing:

  • Admissions tests take place at Franklin at 8 AM on the following Saturdays: Nov. 7, Jan. 16, Mar 5, May 7.

Website: http://www.edline.net/pages/bfhsla


Edward Hynes Charter School

Application Deadline: 1/12/16

Admissions Process

  1. Complete application forms (PDF - GNO Collaborative Shared Application plus research consent form)
  2. Submit application form in person, 9 AM – 2PM daily, at 990 Harrison Ave.

Admissions Testing: None

Website: http://www.hynesschool.com/


Lake Forest Elementary Charter School (PK-8)

Application Deadline: 1/8/16 (2:30 PM)

Admissions Process

  1. Attend an open house (optional – 8 AM December 11, 2015)
  2. Get a “RED pocket folder” for your application materials (yes, the school specifies that it must be red)
  3. Complete application form (PDF)
  4. Compile grade-specific supporting materials
    • Kindergarten: Portfolio including 1 current artwork sample (“NO DITTO WORK, 3-D ART, FOOD ART”); 1 self-portrait (“DO NOT SUBMIT A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE CHILD”); 1 handwriting sample
    • First Grade: Copy of 2015 – 16 First Quarter Kindergarten Report Card (attendance included)
    • Second – Eighth Grade: Copies of Final Report Card 14 – 15 (attendance included) and copy of first quarter report card for 2015 – 2016 (attendance included).
  5. Attend one of the three mandatory orientation meetings (Jan. 9, 23 or 30 at 9 AM)

Admissions Testing

  • All assessments are scheduled after complete applications are received. Kindergarten tests are administered during the week as well as Saturdays.
  • Students applying to grades 4,5,6,7 and 8 are required to submit copies of their spring 2015 PARCC scores in ELA and Math.
  • Students who did not take the PARCC test in the spring of 2015 should submit most recent standardized test scores.

Website: http://www.lakeforestcharter.org/


Lusher Charter School - Lower School (K-5)

Application Deadline: 1/8/16 (12:00 PM)

Admissions Process

  1. Attend an open house (optional)
  2. Determine whether your child will apply as a “community” applicant (open to families throughout Orleans Parish) or “in-district” applicant (open only to families in the local neighborhood – see list of eligible addresses)*
  3. Complete application forms (PDF - GNO Collaborative Shared Application plus Lusher supplemental application)
  4. Submit application materials in person, 9-11 AM and 1-4 PM daily, at 7315 Willow Street
  5. Attend a mandatory curriculum meeting, at 9:30 AM or 6:00 PM on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.
  6. Complete admissions testing (scheduled after application is received)

* Note that students who qualify as in-district applicants are encouraged to apply as community applicants as well, to protect them from having to leave the school if their family moves out of the area.

Admissions Testing

  • Kindergarten applicants are tested individually on weekdays. 1st-5th Grade applicants are tested in groups on Saturdays (Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 30, Feb. 20). 

Website: www.lusherschool.org


Lusher Charter School - Middle and High School (6-12)

Application Deadline: 1/8/16 (12:00 PM)

Admissions Process

  1. Attend an open house (optional – Nov. 19, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.)
  2. Complete the Middle and High School Application (PDF – GNO Collaborative Shared Application plus Lusher supplemental application)
  3. Submit application materials in person, 9 AM – 3 PM daily, at 5624 Freret Street.

Admissions Testing

  • All applicants must have testing results from the Full Battery Iowa Test of Basic Skills or Iowa Test of Educational Development. Parents choose a testing date when the application is submitted (Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 23).

Website: www.lusherschool.org


New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (9-12)

Application Deadline: 1/15/16

Admissions Process:

Note: NOCCA is an audition-only arts conservatory for high school students. In order to apply, a student must currently be a resident of the state of Louisiana attending a public, private, parochial or home school.

  1. Attend an Open Studio day or Audition Information Session (both optional – see events calendar for dates)
  2. Choose an arts discipline (PDF) in which to apply
  3. Complete an online application
  4. Submit application materials and a recommendation form from an adult familiar with the student’s artistic talent in person or by mail
  5. Complete an audition (scheduled when the application is received)

Website: http://www.nocca.com/


Robert Russa Moton Charter School (PK-6)

No information available. Robert Russa Moton Charter School does not offer detailed enrollment information or instructions on its website and did not respond to requests for information from EdNavigator.

Website: http://motoncharter.org/