Charter School Applications

2016 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 2016 Charter School Authorizer & Portfolio Strategic Priorities, which can be viewed here: 2016 OPSB Charter Authorizing & Portfolio Priorities. The 2016 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.

Early Eligibility Review: The OPSB Portfolio Office will provide prospective applicants with a single review of eligibility documentation prior to the Part 1 submission deadline. Applicants wishing to receive an Early Eligibility Review must submit documents no later than 12:00 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Part 1: Notice of Intent and Eligibility Determination is due no later than: 5:00 p.m. CST on:

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016 for all Type 3 (Conversion of an Existing Public) Charter Schools
  • Friday, January 29, 2016 for all Type 1 (New Start) Charter Schools.

Late applications cannot be accepted.

Applications must be submitted via Fluid Review here:
The Part 1 Information Session Presentation can be accessed here: RFA Info Session 1
For a FluidReview Tutorial, please see the presentation here: 2016 RFA Fluid Review Tutorial Part 1

The OPSB Portfolio Office will be hosting an information session covering the Part 2 application, evaluation expectations and process, and Exceptional Children’s Services from 3-4pm CT on Thursday, February 11, 2016 in Conference Room 5105 (5th Floor) at OPSB, located at 3520 General DeGaulle Drive. If you plan to attend, please RSVP with Zinda Ovide at [email protected]. Similarly, if you cannot attend, but would like to attend remotely, please let Zinda know and the log-in information will be provided.

2016 OPSB RFA Process Timeline

RFA Release December 10, 2015—Part 1
January 6, 2016—Part 2
Information Session (same presentation at both locations) Eastbank: Thursday, January 7, 2016 5-6pm at OPEN (3321 Tulane Avenue- in 2nd Floor Conference Room)
Westbank: Thursday, January 14, 2016 5-6pm at OPSB (3520 General DeGaulle Drive in Conference Room 5105- 5th Floor)
Part 1: Eligibility Review Deadline Noon, January 20, 2016
Part 1: Notice of Intent & Eligibility Documentation Deadline Type 3: Noon, January 20, 2016 Type 1: Noon, January 29, 2016
Type 3 Conversion – Demonstrated Support Procedures January 20-29, 2016
Type 1 & 3 Final Eligibility Determinations February 2, 2016
Part 2 Information Session 3-4 p.m., February 11, 2016 at OPSB (3520 General DeGaulle Drive in Conference Room 5105- 5th Floor)
Part 2: Type 1 and Type 3 – Complete Applications due Noon, March 4, 2016
Final Completeness re-check March 11, 2016
Requests for Clarification presented to applicants April 1, 2016
Deadline for applicant responses to Request for Clarification Noon, April 11, 2016
Capacity Interviews (TENTATIVE) April 18-20,2016
Evaluator Recommendations presented to applicants and OPSB staff May 2, 2016
Deadline for applicant response to evaluator recommendation 5 p.m., May 4, 2016
Public Hearing (OPSB Accountability Committee) May 12, 2016 (TENTATIVE)
OPSB Board Business Meeting – Final Decisions May 17, 201 (TENTATIVE)

Additionally, prospective applicants may also wish to review:

  • 2015 RFA application documents can be found here: 2015 RFA Process
  • 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

Call for Evaluators If you are interested in being an independent evaluator of applications during the 2016 OPSB Charter School RFA process, please visit our website here: 2016 OPSB Finance and Due Diligence Review

Independent evaluators may apply to our 2016 Request for Qualified Reviewers.

Questions & Concerns Should you have additional questions regarding the 2016 OPSB Charter School RFA process, please contact: Sean Perkins. Executive Director of Portfolio Management at [email protected] [email protected]___________________________________________ 

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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