K-12 Enrollment Overview

New Orleans has a unique school system where 100% of our schools are public charter schools. Even though charter schools are managed by individual Charter Management Organizations (CMOs), the district manages enrollment and applications to all NOLA-PS schools through a unified enrollment system. 

The NOLA-PS enrollment system includes Type 1 & Type 3 schools, which are authorized locally by the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB), and Type 2 schools, which are authorized by the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) is the only local public school that does not participate in the unified enrollment system; learn more at www.nocca.com. See the 2022-2023 New Orleans Public School Governance Chart for more information about charter networks. 

As early as 2007, families began advocating for unified enrollment that would provide fair access to all schools. In 2011, a common enrollment system was established in response to continued calls for greater accountability and a clear, equitable unified enrollment system. Since then, schools have gradually been added to the NOLA-PS enrollment system. As of the 2021-2022 school year, all public schools (with the exception of NOCCA) are a part of the unified enrollment system.  The NOLA Public Schools enrollment team manages admissions, readmissions, and transfers for all New Orleans public schools. 

The NOLA-PS district team works closely with schools to ensure families have a smooth enrollment experience from initial enrollment through graduation. New Orleans Public Schools serves students from six weeks old through grade 12. Families apply to schools or early childhood centers through a single application. The application process is called the NOLA-PS Common Application Process, or “NCAP” for short. Please note that there are some differences between enrollment policies and procedures for early childhood programs and K-12 schools. Learn more on the early childhood page

 

Enrollment Calendar 

Each year, there are simultaneous enrollment processes going on for students new to the NOLA-PS system, students currently enrolled, and students applying for the next school year. 

  • Students who are new to the NOLA-PS school system enroll in school right away on an ongoing basis by visiting a Family Resource Center. Learn more by visiting Enroll Today
  • Students who are Currently Enrolled may have enrollment changes such as a transfer or a discharge. Policies and procedures for eligible transfers and discharges are specific to the time of year. The Mid-Year Transfer window is from October 1 to April 1 annually.  
  • Students applying to school for next year may be either current students or prospective students. These students participate in the Main Round or Open Enrollment to get a placement for the upcoming school year. 
    • Main Round is from November 7, 2022 to January 20, 2023
    • Open Enrollment will begin in summer 2023. More information and exact dates will be announced later this year. 
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