New Charter Applications Approved

January 26, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – (Jan. 24, 2018) – At the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) Board Business Meeting Wednesday evening, the Fall Charter RFA decisions put forth in December by Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. took effect.  Five of the eight applications submitted were approved to move forward.  Those approved application include:


Operator School Name(s) Type Grades Offered At Opening
Significant Educators Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School of Literature and Technology Type 3 (conversion) PK4 – 8th
InspireNOLA Eisenhower Elementary School Type 1 (new start) PK4 – 8th
FirstLine Schools Approved for 2 schools:

1)     Live Oak Elementary School (replacing ReNew Cultural Arts Academy)

2)     Opening of a second school is subject to Superintendent’s approval.

Type 1 (new start) PK – 8th
Legacy of Excellence Benjamin Franklin Elementary Mathematics and Science School Type 3  (conversion) PK3 – 8th
Center for Resilience The Querencia School Type 1 (new start) K – 2nd

(will grow to  PK -8th by the 2024-2025 school year)


“One of the most important decisions that I am asked to make is to recommend the approval of charter school applications,” said Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. “I take this process and this work extremely seriously, and I know that the board does as well. To that end, it was with great deliberation and concern that we carefully evaluated each proposal, always keeping in mind what was right for the families and children in our city.”


The full Superintendent’s recommendations on each application can be found on the OPSB website at :


“We are so grateful for all the charter applicants who applied during this round,” said OPSB President John A. Brown, Sr. “It is truly inspiring to see such a diverse group of committed educators willing to take on such a huge challenge. We look forward to working with the leaders of these new schools as they open.”


The OPSB currently oversees 41 schools, including 37 charter schools, and one educational program for students in secure care facilities. In July 2018 all public schools in New Orleans will again be under the jurisdiction of the OPSB.

For more information, visit and OPSB Facebook and Twitter (@_OPSB) pages.

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