2015 OPSB Charter School Request For Applications (RFA) Process

Thank you for your interest in serving the students and families of Orleans Parish by applying to operate a Type 1 or Type 3 charter school.

Please review the 2015 Citywide Charter School Authorizer Priorities, which can be viewed here: 2015 Citywide Strategic Priorities

The 2015 RFA calendar can be found below. Prospective applicants are encouraged to continue to check this page frequently, as all updates and new materials will be posted here as soon as they are available.

2015 OPSB RFA Process Timeline

RFA Release December 12, 2014—Part 1
January 7, 2015—Part 2
Part 1: Eligibility Review Deadline Noon, January 23, 2015
Part 1: Notice of Intent & Eligibility Documentation Deadline Type 3: Noon, January 23, 2015Type 1: Noon, January 30, 2015
Type 3 Conversion – Demonstrated Support Procedures Administered January 26 -February 4, 2015
Type 1 & 3 Final Eligibility Determinations February 6, 2015
Part 2: Type 1 and Type 3 – Complete Applications due Noon, March 6, 2015
Final Completeness re-check March 13, 2015
Requests for Clarification presented to applicants April 6, 2015
Deadline for applicant responses to Request for Clarification Noon, April 20, 2015
Capacity Interviews April 21-22, 2015
Evaluator Recommendations presented to applicants and OPSB staff May 8, 2015
Deadline for applicant response to evaluator recommendation Noon, May 11, 2015
Public Hearing (OPSB Accountability Committee) TBD
OPSB Board Business Meeting – Final Decisions TBD


New for 2015– Early Eligibility Review: The OPSB Charter Office will provide prospective applicants with a single review of eligibility documentation prior to the submission deadline. Applicants wishing to receive an Early Eligibility Review must submit documents no later than 12:00 p.m. CST, Friday, January 23, 2015.

Part 1: Notice of Intent and Eligibility Determination is due no later than:

12:00 p.m. CST on Friday, January 23, 2015 for all Type 3 (Conversion of an Existing Public) Charter Schools
12:00 p.m. CST on Friday, January 30, 2015 for all Type 1 (New Start) Charter Schools

Late applications cannot be accepted. 

Applications can be submitted via e-mail to Colleston Morgan, Jr. at:

The OPSB Charter School Office will be hosting an informational session for prospective applicants in early January. Please check back here during the week of December 14, 2014 for that date and time.

Additionally, prospective applicants may also wish to review:

The 2015 Citywide Charter School Authorizer Priorities can be viewed here: 2015 Citywide Strategic Priorities

2014 RFA application documents can be found here: 2014 RFA Process

 Additional Resources for Applicants

Prospective applicants may also wish to review:

· The Louisiana Common Charter Application, which is available on the Louisiana Department of Education’s website, link here

· The additional resources page of this website, which provides links to outside resources that may assist in preparing your application, link here

Questions & Concerns

Should you have additional questions regarding the 2015 OPSB Charter School RFA process, please contact:

Sean Perkins.
Assistant Director, Charter School Performance & Accountability


Public Disclosure
All responses to the Charter School RFA submitted to OPSB are public records, pursuant to the Louisiana Public Records Law, LSA-R.S. 44:1 et seq.
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