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

New Orleans' universal school enrollment system, OneApp, is intended to simplify the enrollment process for parents--but most of the city's selective enrollment schools aren't in it, yet. We think parents deserve to know all their options and feel empowered to pursue any school that might be a good fit for their child, so we've created a short primer on the enrollment processes for non-OneApp schools.

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How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

Getting ready for kindergarten doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful, but it does mean more than buying a backpack. Focus on the simple things. Read and talk to your child as much as you can, practice basic writing and counting, and help your child learn to try hard and get along with others.

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Want to Help Your Kids Succeed in School? Make Sure They Go

Having a child home on a school day is tough for busy parents. Usually it means we have to call in sick, too, or scramble to find someone else to watch them. But the truth is that missing school is even worse for kids. Why? It’s simple: If kids aren’t in school, they probably aren’t learning.

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Taking the Stress Out of Choosing a Kindergarten

Attempting to figure out how to navigate neighborhood zones, waiting lists, and selective enrollment processes all for the sake of getting my child into a good school was an exhausting experience. Finding good schools for my children should not have given your father and I gray hairs.

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Add Some Math to Your Bedtime Routine

Adding math to your child's bedtime routine doesn't mean getting out worksheets and pencils. New apps like Bedtime Math can make nightly number-time as easy and fun as storytime.

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How Much Homework is Too Much?

A second-grade teacher's letter to parents has triggered a national conversation about homework. Is there any value to it? And how much is too much?

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EdNavigator’s 2017 Grades for New Orleans Schools

We recalculated the most recent school grades from the state of Louisiana to put more weight on student growth, which often matters more to families than basic test passage rates. Read more about why we did it and check out the updated grades for K-8 schools in Orleans Parish.

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Why Getting A's Starts with Zzz's

Researchers have found that kids who get better quality sleep do better in school. Here are five strategies to make sure they’re getting the rest they need.

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The Back-to-School Warm-Up

The end of summer is a good time to get warmed up for school—and take some of the stress out of those final countdown days.

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The Best-Kept Secrets of Affordable Extracurriculars

Watching your child develop a passion outside the classroom is priceless. But the sports teams and music lessons themselves? Those often come with a hefty price tag. Here are some ideas for finding opportunities that don't break the bank.

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Pro Tips for Back-to-School Success

Back-to-school season is always full of excitement—and nerves. Our team of educators, college advisors, and parents weigh in on how to get the whole family ready for the new year to come.

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10 Things You Don't Need to Pack for College

It's time to leave for college, but the packing lists are leaving your head spinning. Tuition is overwhelming enough—do you really need to buy a bunch of stuff for the dorm, too? Here are some suggestions for things to leave off your packing list.

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