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Orleans Parish School Board is now accepting applications for Part 1 of the 2017 charter application process.

Download the 2017 Charter RFA Guidance and Materials here: Important Eligibility Information
Louisiana law sets out specific requirements for all groups submitting charter applications:
  • Only nonprofit organizations may hold charters in Louisiana.
  • Application teams must include three Louisiana teachers certified by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. 
All applicants must meet these eligibility requirements in order to submit a full application.

Applicant Pathways
In this Request for Applications, applicants will be considered in two groups, each of which has specific requirements.

New Operators are nonprofit organizations which:
  • has never operated a chater school and/or
  • does not intend to employ an education service provider or intends to employ an educational service provider that has never operated a school
Existing Operators are nonprofit organizations which:
  • Have one or more schools (currently or previously) in operation
  • Intend to employ an educational service provider with one or more schools in operation 

Anticipated Timeline for 2017 Charter RFA Process
Note: Orleans Parish School Board follows the timeline for charter applications approved by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education..  
 Charter RFA Release  Part 1: November 15, 2016
 Part 2: December 15, 2016
 Part 1: Eligibility Review Deadline  Noon, January 20, 2017
 Part 2: Notice of Intent & Eligibility Documentation Deadline  Noon, January 27, 2017
 Final Eligibility Determinations  February 3, 2017
 Part 2: Complete Applications Due  Noon, February 24, 2017
 Final Completeness re-check  March 10, 2017
 Requests for Clarification Presented to Applicants  March 31, 2017
 Deadline for Applicant Responses to Requests for Clarification  Noon, April 12, 2017
 Capacity Interviews  April 19-21, 2017
 Evaluator Recommendations Presented to Applicants and Staff  May 1, 2017
 Deadline for Applicant Responses  5pm, May 5, 2017
 Public Hearing (OPSB Accountability Committee)  May 11, 2017
 Final Charter Decisions (OPSB Board Business Meeting)  May 16, 2017


Public Disclosure

All charter school application materials submitted to OPSB become public records, pursuant to the Louisiana Public Records Law, LSA-R.S. 44:1 et seq.

Application Contact

For any questions or concerns regarding the 2016 OPSB Charter School RFA, please contact Taina Knox, Director of New Schools and Programs by email: taina_knox@opsb.us.