May 22, 2012

Student Applications Now Available

BATON ROUGE, La. - Today, as part of the Louisiana Believes plan for increased student achievement, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) announced the list of nonpublic and high-performing public schools that applied for and are approved to participate in the Louisiana Scholarship Program during the 2012-2013 school year.

"We are very pleased by the strong participation of schools and the opportunity to provide students and families across Louisiana with quality alternatives," State Superintendent of Education John White said. "The statewide expansion of the scholarship program is an important component in our overall plan to empower our families and educators - those who know children best - to make decisions on their behalf."

To be eligible, a child must have been enrolled in a public school, a CD, or F-rated public school, during the 2011-2012 school year, unless a student is entering kindergarten for the first time in the 2012-2013 school year.  Students must also be residents of Louisiana and meet income eligibility requirements (family income in 2011 cannot exceed 250% of the federal poverty guidelines).

For the 2012-2013 school year, 125 schools from 33 parishes across the state, offering a total of approximately 7,450 seats, have qualified to participate in the program.  More than 2,300 offers have already been made to students in New Orleans, leaving approximately 5,150 seats available at schools statewide that will be accepting applications over the next six weeks.  A complete listing of the available schools can be found online at or

Applications are available online at or and on-site at any participating school.  Students must submit completed applications no later than Friday, June 29, to the participating school they want to attend.

The Louisiana Scholarship Program is available to all eligible students; however, there are a limited number of openings in nonpublic and high-performing public schools. The LDOE will attempt to place as many applicants as possible in their preferred school choice; if the number of applicants exceeds the number of seats available in a specific school and grade level, scholarships seats will be awarded through an unbiased lottery process.  All applicants will be notified of the status of the application no later than Tuesday, July 31.

Requests for additional information may be obtained by submitting questions to or by calling the Louisiana Department of Education’s Help Center at 1-877-453-2721. 

The Louisiana Department of Education will be hosting two live virtual Town Halls for parents interested in applying for the Louisiana Scholarship Program.  During the 60-minute virtual Town Halls, parents will be able to learn more about the program, participating schools, and application procedures.

The schedule of virtual Town Halls is as follows:

  • May 24, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • May 29, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The live broadcast of the Virtual Town Hall Meeting will be accessible online via the agency’s website at  Archived videos of the Town Halls will also be posted to the agency’s website.

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