RSD’S NEW ENROLLMENT SYSTEM MATCHES 84 PERCENT OF KINDERGARTEN AND 9TH GRADE APPLICANTS TO TOP SCHOOL CHOICES

May 09, 2012
NEW ORLEANS -The first year’s implementation of the Recovery School District’s (RSD’s) new equal access enrollment system has proven to be successful, with reports indicating that 84.2 percent of entering kindergarten and rising ninth grade applicants were matched to one of their top three school choices. In non-transition grades, the percentage was 76.4 and in pre-kindergarten, where the demand for seats is greater than the supply, the percentage was 67.7.

The RSD processed 25,157 applications for seats this fall at one of their direct-run or charter schools. Of the 21,152 applications received from current RSD students, 79.8 percent were "intent to return" applications, showing a large majority of families wanting their children to return to the same school next year. Current RSD students in non-transition grades that did not submit an application will return to their current school next year.

"These results represent a successful district-wide effort and approach at creating an enrollment system that is beneficial to all students, parents, and schools," said RSD Superintendent Patrick Dobard. "While we will continue working to improve the system in the future, I could not be more pleased with what we have done this year in providing parents in New Orleans with a choice regarding their children’s education."  

The RSD has taken on a significant task and done a remarkable job in implementing the new enrollment system. The needs of families and children throughout the City of New Orleans were made a top priority. I applaud the RSD for aggressively working to ensure this project came to fruition," said State Representative Walt Leger.

The District noted opportunities for improvement in the participation of current high school students and rising ninth graders in the enrollment process. Ninth grade is a transition year for students, and only slightly more than 50 percent of rising ninth graders submitted enrollment applications.

The following chart shows the total number of applications received by grade:

Grade

Pre-K

K

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

11th

12th

Apps

1,420

2,523

2,463

2,303

2,093

2,161

2,331

1,949

1,928

1,729

1,318

1,016

1,021

902



"From a school’s perspective this has been a very smooth process, particularly for its first year of implementation.  It’s a big step forward in terms of coordinating all of the schools and providing timely information regarding admissions and enrollment," said Jay Altman, co-founder and CEO of FirstLine Schools, a charter organization that operates five public charter schools in New Orleans.

The second phase of the enrollment process started Monday, May 7, for families recently arriving in the city and unable to participate in the first round, or for those wishing to appeal their initial placement. 

Appeals applications can be picked up and submitted at any of the four RSD Parent-Family Resource Centers. The Family Centers are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the exception of the George W. Carver Elementary School location, which is open from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sarah T. Reed High School, 5316 Michoud Blvd.

  • L.B. Landry High School, 1200 L.B. Landry Ave.
  • Walter L. Cohen High School, 3520 Dryades St.
  • George W. Carver Elementary School, 3059 Higgins Blvd. (entrance on Almonaster)

Appeals applications are due by Wednesday, May 23, and families will receive notifications the week of June 11.



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