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The Orleans Parish School Board has received authorization from the Louisiana Department of Education to operate a second charter approval process this year. The goal of the additional charter application period is to give approved operators ample time to transition in staff and administration for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

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.

Anticipated Timeline for the additional 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..  

OPSB plans to release the additional Request For Applications (RFAs) on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Applications will be received through August 31, 2017, with final recommendations to be presented to OPSB during its December Board Business Meeting on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Any provider without an existing OPSB charter that is interested in potentially converting or transitioning a school for the 2018 - 2019 school year is encouraged to apply during this cycle.

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 2017 OPSB Charter School RFA, please contact Forrest Collins, Director of New School Development by email: