Open a School


Across New Orleans, more than 90 percent of public school students currently attend charter schools. These schools have led to a dramatic increase in the number of students meeting academic proficiency standards and the performance gap between students in Orleans Parish and Louisiana as a whole has dramatically decreased over the last 12 years.

Despite these gains, additional progress is needed.  Every student in New Orleans deserves equal access to high quality schools where their interests will come first, where they and their families will have choice, and where educators will have the tools and support they need to be successful.  The OPSB has adopted and regularly updates its school and program development priorities, which can be found by clicking here.

Pathways to Manage a School

There are currently two pathways to start your journey to open a school.  Click each link below to learn more:

School Prospectus

The School Prospectus process is for individuals and organizations with a promising school model or concept, but who may require additional time and/or desire expert feedback on their school plans prior to developing a full charter application for formal evaluation. Prospectus submissions will receive formative feedback from the district and its third-party partner, and will have the opportunity to seek support from district partners with experience in school development. The School Prospectus is optional, but encouraged for individuals and organizations interested in participating in a future charter application cycle.

  • Prospectus Application (Released December 22, 2017). Further revisions to the Prospectus may be made prior to January 12, 2018.

Fall 2018 Charter Request For Application

The OPSB Charter RFA process is for individuals and organizations who are seeking to open schools not earlier than Fall 2019-20, and who are prepared for a rigorous and comprehensive formal charter application evaluation. RFA submissions will proceed through the statutorily-required charter school application evaluation process, including reviews by district staff and an independent evaluation team.

Click here to access the Fall 2018 Charter RFA.

Legal Requirements

Louisiana law sets out specific requirements for all groups submitting charter applications for either new-start Type 1 charter school or conversion of an existing public school into a Type 3 charter school:

  • Only nonprofit organizations may hold charters in Louisiana.
  • Application teams must include three Louisiana teachers certified by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

All applicants must meet these eligibility requirements in order to submit a full application.

Public Disclosure
All charter school application materials submitted to OPSB become public records, pursuant to the Louisiana Public Records Law, LSA-R.S. 44:1 et seq.

District Primary Contact

For any questions or concerns regarding the Spring 2018 OPSB Charter School RFA, charter school application evaluation process, or Prospectus process, please contact Forrest Collins, Director of New School Development, by email at

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