K-12 Main Round
Key Information & Links
K-12 Main Round begins on November 7, 2022 and ends on January 20, 2023.
Families can rank up to 12 school choices in the Main Round.
Main Round Placements will be announced by March 31, 2023.
About Main Round
NOLA Public Schools provides students and families with the opportunity to choose a school that best suits their interests and needs through the unified enrollment process, both through the annual NOLA-PS Common Application Process (NCAP) and the year-round enrollment process.
The unified enrollment process offers students the opportunity to easily access all participating schools using a centralized process. Families who need a school for the current school year are able to enroll immediately into an available seat. Families seeking a new school for the next school year participate in the NCAP.
NCAP is the only way for interested families to apply to enroll in a participating school for the upcoming school year. Families should participate in the Main Round to have the best chance to get assigned to your top school choices. The NCAP Main Round uses a matching process where each student receives a single best school offer. The algorithm of the matching process assigns each student to their highest ranked school choice for which there is an available seat. The algorithm makes assignments based on student and school specific information:
- Ranked school preferences submitted by the family
- Student eligibility
- Student priority
- Available seats at each grade level
- Student’s randomly assigned lottery number
It is critical that families make an informed and thoughtful decision about which schools to rank on the application. Families should make the decision to submit their NCAP independently and deliberately. Application results have a significant and binding impact on students’ education.
See the NCAP for Families page to see how families can increase the chances that siblings or children living in the same household get assigned to the same school.
How NCAP Works
Who Should Complete an NCAP
If a student’s school offers the next grade level, the student is guaranteed a spot to return to their current school for the following school year at the next grade level. Students who apply and are assigned to a different school will lose their guarantee to return to their previous school. Students who apply to change schools and do not receive an assignment to a ranked school will be re-assigned to the next grade level at their current school. Families who receive a placement at a school they choose on their NCAP will forfeit any prior school placement.
Families should complete the NCAP if:
- The student is entering the public school system for the first time, such as a new kindergartener
- The student is currently enrolled in a NOLA-PS school in a terminal grade (the last grade level offered) and will need to choose a new school for next year, such as 8th graders who need to apply to 9th grade
- The student would like to switch schools to a different NOLA-PS school for next school year
- The student is new to Orleans Parish and will be starting school in NOLA-PS next fall
- The student is seeking to transfer to a publicly funded seat in Orleans Parish for the next school year, such as from a private school, parochial school, or another school setting
Families should NOT complete the NCAP if:
- If the student is happy with their current school and that school offers the next grade level. Returning students who do not apply to attend another school are guaranteed to return to their current school for the following school year.
- The student needs to be placed into a school for the current school year (not next school year)
Completing NCAP Main Round
Families apply online through the NOLA-PS Parent Portal (nola.ps/apply).
Critical Reminders About NCAP Main Round
- Continuing students who do not apply to transfer out of their current school are guaranteed the right to return to their current school.
- No applicant is guaranteed placement at a specific desired school (unless they already attend and the school offers the next grade).
- Families may apply to up to 12 schools in order of preference.
- Families should only apply to schools they prefer more than their current school. If a student is assigned to a school on their application, they will lose their current school assignment.
- Families should always apply in true order of preference, and list as many choices as they prefer more than their current school.
- If only 1 or 2 schools are more preferred than their current school, they should only list those 1 or 2 schools.
- If they would prefer not to return to their prior school, they should list 12 choices to increase the chance of receiving a new school assignment.
- Families can submit a new application if they would like to change their school rankings. Newly submitted applications overwrite previously submitted applications; the last application submitted will be used in the match.
- Families who receive placement at a chosen school will forfeit any prior school placement and any guarantee to return.
- If it is not possible to place a student at a preferred school on their application, the student will be invited to participate in Open Enrollment.
Modify Application Choices
- Application resubmissions or modifications to the rankings or order of rankings shall overwrite the prior rankings.
- In cases of two or more applications submitted for the same child, the latest-dated application shall be used.
- Applicants are permitted to modify application choices until the application deadline, at which point the order of rankings is final. Rankings cannot be edited after the Main Round deadline.
Cancel an Application
To cancel an application, applicants must submit a request through the help desk (NCAP Request/Cancel an Application) or visit a Family Resource Center to request cancellation of the application in writing by February 28, 2023.
Please note that for the 2023-2024 school year, scholarship schools are no longer part of the NOLA-PS Common Application Process (NCAP).
For the 2023-2024 school year, ALL parishes (including Orleans) will complete one online application through the Louisiana Department of Education. The link to the application will be available on the Louisiana Department of Education’s website on December 12, 2022. Applications for the Louisiana Scholarship Program for the 2023-2024 school year will open on December 12, 2022, and close on January 27, 2023.
A Parent Webinar is scheduled for December 6, 2022 to discuss the application process. A link for the webinar and other information will be available at www.louisianabelieves.com in November. Please check back for more updates.