Frequently Asked Questions
NOLA-PS Common Application Process (NCAP) Q & A
1. Who Should Submit an Application?
ONLY families that are:
– New to New Orleans or to public schools
– Seeking to transfer from their current school to a new school for the 2022-2023 School Year
– A transitional student, which means their current school does not offer their promotion grade next school year. (For example, your child is in a program that does not serve Kindergarten or 9th grade)
2. How to Apply to a K-12 school
Log into the Common App Parent Portal. If it is your first time applying, you will need to create login credentials.
Follow the prompts to create your family profile.
Select your schools.
Submit any necessary documents.
3. How to Apply to an Early Childhood School
4. What documents will I need to submit for an Early Childhood Application?
- Parent/Guardian Photo ID
- Birth Certificate
- 2 Proofs of Residency
- Proof of Income
5. Are there new schools participating in Enroll NOLA-PS this year?
Yes! The 2022-2023 school year welcomes Ben Franklin High School, Lake Forest Elementary Charter, and Lusher Charter School.
6. Is the Common App all that I need to complete to apply to schools?
7. How quickly do I need to submit my child’s application?
8. Will my children automatically be able to enroll in the same school?
9. If I apply to a new school for my child and they receive placement, can I change my mind and stay at current school?
10.Will submitting multiple applications increase my chances of getting into one of my school choices?
No. All applicants will receive only one offer regardless of how many applications they submit. Only the most recent application is considered during the matching process. Submitting multiple applications may damage your chances of getting what you want because the most recent application will overwrite any previously submitted school selections.
11. What happens after I submit my K-12 application?
Once you submit your application you should receive an email confirming that the application has been submitted. All applications will be processed after the deadline closes. Once matches are made you will receive your school placement in your common app parent portal. You will also receive an email with next steps on how to accept your child’s seat to the email provided in the portal.
12. What happens after I submit my Early Childhood application?
Once you submit your application you should receive an email confirming that the application has been submitted. All applications will be processed after the deadline closes. Once matches are made you will receive your school placement in your common app parent portal. You will also receive an email with next steps on how to accept your child’s seat to the email provided in the portal. If your child was not assigned to a school, you will be able to manage your waitlisted schools in the parent portal.
13. How do I manage my child’s waitlist?
If your child is NOT assigned to a school, you can add yourself to be active on a total of THREE waitlists for programs in which you are eligible. Please note that if you change your waitlist choices, you will lose your previous waitlist position. You will be contacted if a seat becomes available.
If your child is already assigned to a school, you can add yourself to be active on ONE waitlist. Please note that if you change your waitlist choice, you will lose your previous waitlist position. You will be contacted if a seat becomes available.
Early Childhood Open Enrollment FAQs
1. Who Should Participate in Open Enrollment?
- Early Childhood families (6 weeks – 4 years old) who still need a school for the current year can participate in Open Enrollment.
- Eligible families new to New Orleans or new to NOLA-PS
Families who submitted an application and verified their eligibility during the Main Round this school year DO NOT need to participate in Open Enrollment. Your child either has a placement, or has been added to up to three waitlist(s) of programs listed on your Main Round application.
2. How Do Families Participate in Open Enrollment?
Families who submitted an application and verified their eligibility during the Main Round of this school year DO NOT need to participate in Open Enrollment.
- Step 1: Check eligibility online
- Log-in to oneapp.force.com, click and complete the “Pre-K and Head Start Eligibility Check.”
- Step 2: Verify by submitting your documents
- Head Start: An email will be sent with a secure link to submit your documents.
- PK3 & PK4 non-Head Start: An email will be sent with a secure link to submit your documents.
- Step 3: Add waitlist choices or Pick a program with open seats:
- If you are eligible, and after you have verified, you can be added to waitlists or enroll in a program with open seats*.
- For Head Start, Early Head Start and NOEEN programs, you will add waitlist choices through the parent portal and will be contacted if a seat is available and your child is next on the list.
- For PK 3 and PK 4 Non-Head Start programs you can take an open seat or get added to waitlists.
- If you are eligible, and after you have verified, you can be added to waitlists or enroll in a program with open seats*.
*PK3 & PK4 non-Head Start seats are first-come, first-served. Some programs and grades will not have open seats. Check Seat Availability to review options and grades with remaining open seats.
3. How do I add waitlist choices?
Early Childhood families can manage their child’s waitlisted programs through the NCAP Parent Portal (oneapp.force.com). Log into your account to add, remove, or change your child’s waitlisted programs.
- Log into your Parent Portal account, click on the Pre-K tab, and scroll to your Family Profile. If your child is verified for Early Childhood programs, a button called “Manage Waitlist” will appear next to your child’s name.
- Click on “Manage Waitlist” and follow the instructions to add, remove, or change your child’s waitlisted programs.
- If your child is actively enrolled in a participating Early Childhood program for this school year, you may add them to 1 waitlist.
- If your child is not yet enrolled in a participating Early Childhood program for this school year, you may add them to up to 3 waitlists.
- Programs with open seats are not available as waitlist options. Schools with open seats will not display in the Parent Portal. Verified families can take open seats in PK 3 and PK 4 non Head Start programs by visiting a family resource center.
- If you choose to change your waitlists, you will be added to the back of the waitlist for PK 3 and PK 4 non Head Start programs. Please consider carefully before changing your waitlisted programs.
4. How do I calculate my income?
Please click here and use this table to calculate your income according to program requirements.
5. What documents do I need to bring to verify my eligibility? Where do I bring them?
Applicants will receive a secure link to upload their documents when it is time to begin the verification process by email from the enrollment system or from a head start center.
- Parent photo ID
- 2 Documents proving Orleans Parish residency
- Birth certificate for proof of age
- Proof of income for all members of the household contributing to the household income (not applicable for tuition-based programs)
- If enrolling in a Gifted & Talented program, proof of current Gifted evaluation
|Proof of guardianship||Parent or Guardian’s Photo ID|
|Proof of age||Birth Certificate or Certificate of Live Birth|
|Proof of residency||
Two (2) of the following documents are required for proof of residency (no older than 90 days):
|Proof of income||
One of the following documents is required for income verification:
Louisiana Scholarship FAQs
1. I just applied for the Scholarship Program, what are my next steps?
You will be sent an email with a secure link to submit documents to complete the verification process.
The following documents are accepted for income verification:
- Most recent Federal Tax Return, total income
- Most recent unemployment compensation statement
- Most recent pension statements
- Most recent Social Security benefits statement
- SNAP Benefits
- Louisiana Purchase Card Budget Sheet or Benefits Statement
The following documents are accepted for residency verification:
- Rental lease agreement or mortgage
- Electricity/Gas Bill
- Telephone Bill (Landline ONLY)
- Cable/Internet Service Bill
- Sewerage/Water Bill
- Current Official Letter from a Government Agency (DSS, DHH)
- Homestead Exemption Notice
- Property Tax Notice
2. Does my child qualify for a Scholarship?
Your child should apply for a scholarship if he or she is interested in attending a participating Scholarship school. To be eligible to receive a Scholarship you must meet the following requirements:
- Your child must be a resident of Louisiana.
- Your child must be either entering kindergarten or enrolled in a public school with a C, D, or F grade on both October 1 and February 1 of the current school year or a continuing Scholarship student
- Your income must be below the figure listed for your household size.
|This chart shows 250% of Federal Poverty Guidelines|
|Household Size||Yearly Income||Monthly Income||Bi-Weely Income||Weekly Income|
|Add this amount for each additional family member||$11,350||$946||$473||$236|
|*Guidelines are updated annually. 2020 Guidelines listed.|
3. How does the Scholarship program consider students with disabilities?
The Louisiana Department of Education does not consider a student’s disability when assigning students to nonpublic schools. Some nonpublic schools may not offer additional educational services for students with disabilities, but all schools must enroll all students awarded scholarships, regardless of disability. Please reference the school information on the school profile for more information about special education services offered at participating nonpublic schools. Not all nonpublic schools offer special education services and are not required to do so. Please contact the school(s) of your choice before listing them on your child’s application to ensure they can meet your child’s needs.
4. My child currently participates in the Scholarship Program. Should I complete an application?
If your child currently participates in the Scholarship program* and want to remain at their current school, you should not submit an application; current students in non-transitional grades will automatically be re-enrolled if they do not apply to transfer. If you submit an application for your child and they are assigned to a public school choice then they will lose their Scholarship and not be able to transfer back to their Scholarship school if you change your mind.
If you submit an application and they are assigned to another Scholarship choice, their Scholarship will transfer to the new school.
*Students at PK4 NSECD programs must apply for a Louisiana Scholarship Program award. Those that do not apply will be unable to receive a Scholarship for Kindergarten.
5. An important note about this year’s participating Scholarship schools
Participating Scholarship schools are schools that have submitted a notice of intent to the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) to accept new Scholarship students for the 2020-2021 school year. As school performance results become available, the LDE will review the list of Scholarship schools and may determine that some are no longer eligible to accept new students. If you apply to a Scholarship school that is later deemed ineligible, your student will not be placed there.
Additionally, because scholarships are funded through state dollars, there is a possibility that the Legislature will choose to reduce funds to these programs, and if that happens, this would mean that one or more of the schools listed in this application may have fewer seats available to serve new and continuing students.
*Families interested in attending a Scholarship school outside of Orleans Parish should visit LDE.
Click for list of NOLA-PS Scholarship Schools.
Special Needs/Gifted and Talented/IEP FAQs
1. My child has special needs. How do I know if a school can accommodate him or her?
All K-12 New Orleans public schools, and most public early childhood programs, are required to meet your child’s needs as identified on his / her Individualized Education Plan or Individualized Accommodations Plan. We encourage you to reach out to schools and programs directly to ask more about their special education services and staff. You can research your options by viewing school profiles and you can also learn more about special education programming here.
All K-12 LEAs are required to serve your child, if they have an exceptionality associated with a disability. Gifted and Talented exceptionalities must be written in the charter for the Louisiana Department of Education to require the school to provide such services. Please email Enroll@nolapublicschools.com if you have questions or concerns about special education programming.
2. My child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and/or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Am I eligible for a publicly-funded early childhood seat?
Yes. Children with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) are eligible for free Pre-K 4 regardless of income. Children with an IEP or IFSP, whose family income is 130% of federal poverty level or lower, are eligible for Early Head Start and Head Start programs.
IMPORTANT: Not all early childhood programs offer special education services. Please contact your preferred program(s) before applying to them to ensure they are able to meet your child’s needs.
3. How do I apply for Gifted and Talented early childhood seats?
Eligible families can apply to Gifted and Talented seats for 3 and 4 year olds through OneApp. In order to be considered for placement, applicants to Gifted programs must verify their eligibility, as with all other early childhood seats, as well as have a current Gifted and Talented IEP or evaluation approved by OPSB’s Office of Child Search. Verification of eligibility must take place before the application deadline. Evaluations can be scheduled through OPSB’s online appointment request tool at https://www.nolapublicschools.com/families/child-search.
Applicants must submit a Gifted and Talented Evaluation with their application to G/T programs each year they apply.
1. Where can I obtain a Work Permit?
You can retrieve a work permit Monday – Friday 9am-4pm (excluding holidays) at Job1 located at the address below.
3400 Tulane Ave.
- A mask must be worn
- Parent/Guardian and student must both be present
- State ID of student or Birth certificate of student
- A completed intent to hire form signed by the employer and parent/guardian (click here for that form). Microsoft Word – MinorApplicationToEmployForm-20201007.docx (laworks.net)