Frequently Asked Questions

 

Yes. Starting in the 2022-2023 school year, state legislation passed Senate Bill 10 making Kindergarten mandatory for students turning age 5 by Sept. 20, 2022.

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.​
Submit application

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.​
Complete Eligibility Check prompts.​
Select school choices. ​
Receive email of documents to submit at a Family Resource Center.

If you are applying for one of our Early Childhood programs, you will need to submit:

  • Parent/Guardian Photo ID​
  • Birth Certificate​
  • 2 Proofs of Residency​
  • Proof of Income


Verification Documents

Yes! The 2022-2023 school year welcomes Ben Franklin High School, Lake Forest Elementary Charter, and Lusher Charter School.

For most of our schools yes; however, there are a few schools that have additional requirements and testing. Make sure you research the schools you are interested in before applying.

You can submit your child’s application on the first day of the application window or the last. All applications will be processed at the same time after the deadline. Be aware that you may need additional testing for a specific school. Allow yourself time to meet all requirements.

School enrollment depends on the number of seats available, the priority list for the school you are applying to, and then randomly assigned application number of your child.

No. If you are placed at a school on your list, you will lose your child’s current school spot. Make sure you apply ONLY if you want your child to change schools.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
  • 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.

*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.

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.

Please click here and use this table to calculate your income according to program requirements.

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

ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTATION

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):

  • Current rental lease agreement
  • Homestead Exemption in the parent’s name
  • Electricity/gas bill
  • Sewerage/water bill
  • Telephone bill (landline only)
  • Cable/internet service bill
  • Current official letter from government agency (Department of Social Service, Department of Health & Hospitals, etc.)
Proof of income One of the following documents is required for income verification:

  • SNAP Budget Sheet or Benefits Statement (for PK4 only)
  • Last four consecutive paychecks (if you work at least 40 hrs a week)
  • Letter from employer indicating:
    1. Where you are employed,
    2. Your hourly rate and frequency of pay
    3. Average hours worked a week
  • Most recent Social Security benefits statement
  • Most recent unemployment compensation statement
  • Alimony as shown in court decree or agreement
  • Most recent pension statements

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.​
Complete Eligibility Check prompts.​
Select school choices. ​
Receive email of documents to submit at a Family Resource Center.

If you are applying for one of our Early Childhood programs, you will need to submit:
  • Parent/Guardian Photo ID​
  • Birth Certificate​
  • 2 Proofs of Residency​
  • Proof of Income

 Verification Documents

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
2 $43,550 $3,629 $1,815 $907
3 $54,900 $4,575 $2,288 $1,144
4 $66,250 $5,521 $2,761 $1,380
5 $77,600 $6,467 $3,234 $1,617
6 $88,950 $7,413 $3,707 $1,853
7 $100,300 $8,358 $4,179 $2,090
8 $111,650 $9,304 $4,652 $2,326
Add this amount for each additional family member $11,350 $946 $473 $236
*Guidelines are updated annually. 2020 Guidelines listed.

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.

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.

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.

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 hpaczak@nolapublicschools.com if you have questions or concerns about special education programming.

Children with special needs and children whose home language is not English may be eligible to receive services but must still qualify to participate in publicly funded programs. These children may be able to be served through other funding sources such as Title I, 8(g), and IDEA.

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.

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.

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 zclark@nolapublicschools.com if you have questions or concerns about special education programming.

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students. If you believe your student may be eligible for assistance under the McKinney-Vento Act, please call (877) 343-4773, or visit a Family Resource Center.

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