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New Orleans Public Schools have led a dramatic increase in the number of students meeting academic proficiency standards and the performance gap between students in Orleans Parish and Louisiana as a whole has dramatically decreased over the last 14 plus years.

Despite these gains, additional progress is needed. Every student in New Orleans deserves equal access to high quality schools where their interests will come first, where they and their families will have choice, and where educators will have the tools and support they need to be successful. The NOLA Public Schools Request For Applications began in December 2021, and a detailed timeline is provided below. If you are interested in applying after the deadline for applications has passed, you may use the materials and information from previous charter cycles below as a reference, however, please note that the LDOE updates the application annually, and thus this application may change prior to applications being received by NOLA-PS.

District Authorizing Priorities

The Orleans Parish School Board regularly adopts a set of district authorizing priorities to guide its charter authorization process. These priorities outline what the district seeks in operators to expand high-quality options for families. Setting clear District Authorizing Priorities informs recruitment strategies for new operators and expansion of existing operators; provides transparency in the charter application process of the district’s objectives; and informs the Superintendent’s decision to approve new schools. 

District Authorizing Priorities

Spring 2022 RFA Cycle

For information on the Spring 2022 RFA Cycle, please review the information below.   The window for submission of the Letter of Intent and Eligibility Determination documentation is from December 10, 2021 to January 14, 2022.  Any organization or individual may become eligible to submit an application by meeting specific eligibility requirements as outlined in the Eligibility Determination document and submitting a Letter of Intent.  In order to be eligible to submit a full application in the NOLA Public Schools' Spring 2022 Charter Request for Applications process all Eligibility Determination and Letter of Intent are due in the Edlusion Application Portal by January 14, 2022 at 12PM CST.   Application materials are available below for organizations' reference.  If you have any questions please contact Anne-Lise McCarver at

Eligibility Determination
Letter of Intent
Edlusion Application Portal

Overview Template-All applicant groups must complete this document and submit along with the rest of the group's application materials.  
New Operator Application PDF
Experienced Operator Application PDF
Virtual School Operator Application PDF

The district's evaluation rubric and standards will be released after the Louisiana Department of Education releases its standards.  

For assistance with the Edlusion Portal, please see this user guide.  For a link to a training video on the Edlusion Application Portal, please e-mail Anne-Lise McCarver at    

Additional Resources:
Louisiana Department of Education's Charter Applicant Toolbox

Spring 2022 Submitted Applications

Pathways to Expanding School Offerings, indicating pathway, when seats open, and process.
Charter Types, including Type 3 Conversion, Type 1 New Start, Type 1 Transformation, Type 1 Transformation (Full Takeover), Type 1 Transformation (Reconfiguration)
Definitions of New Application, Replication: New Application, Replication: Automatic, Expansion: Additional Seats
Application Tracks: Track & Qualifications for New Operators and Experienced Operators
Application Requirements
Application Requirements Continued

Spring 2021 RFA Cycle

For information on the Spring 2021 RFA Cycle, please review this presentation.   
School Development Overview - 2021

Eligibility Determination

Letter of Intent
Edlusion Application Portal
Spring 2021 Charter Application
Spring 2021 RFA Evaluation Standards
Louisiana Department of Education Evaluation Standards

Spring 2021 Submitted Applications

Spring 2020 RFA Cycle

Charter Applicant Eligibility Form
Sample Letter of Intent
Spring 2020 Charter RFA Full Application
Spring 2020 RFA Evaluation Rubric and Evaluation Information

Supplemental Materials:

Experienced Operator Template

New Operator Template

Board Roles Template

Finances Template

Budget Narrative Guidance

Applicants who have approved Letters of Intent and Eligibility Documentation have been provided a link to the application on the EdLusion Portal.  

Spring 2020 Submitted Applications

Past RFA Cycles

Additional Cycles can be found in our archive website: – for additional information please consider filing a public records request.

Start a Charter School

The deadline to submit an application for the Spring 2022 cycle has passed.  Information on the next application cycle will be posted to this page once available.  

District Primary Contact

For any questions regarding opening a charter school in New Orleans, and/or the application process, please contact Anne-Lise McCarver at    


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