KIDS & FAMILIES

 Schools K-12 

CORE Elementimage

The Core Element is a non-profit organization bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs to schools in the Greater New Orleans area. moreCore Element trains teachers and equips them with hands-on, inquiry-based kits to be used in the classroom.  Students engaged in more interactive STEM lessons learn the acts of observing, experimenting, keeping journals and taking measurements bringing together all the skills of a well-rounded student. 

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The OneApp Process for New Orleans Schoolsimage

The Orleans Parish School Board and the Recovery School District are partnering together to provide students and families with the opportunity to choose a school that suits their interests and needs. moreThe annual New Orleans Public School Enrollment Process offers students the opportunity to easily apply to all participating schools using one application. less

New Schools For New Orleansimage

New Schools for New Orleans trains school leaders, helps get them and their schools launched and advocates for the New Orleans Charter School Movement.

Eastbank Charter School Collaborativeimage

The East Bank Charter School Collaborative publishes the RSDigest (Recovery School District/ New Orleans) and the OPSBrief (Orleans Parish School Board) each month with agendas before the meetings and reports on the decisions and discussions of the meetings.

STAIR – Start the Adventure in Readingimage

STAIR is a volunteer-based, non-profit children’s literacy organization that provides reading tutors for public school 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students. moreSTAIR was founded in New Orleans in 1985.Over the last 28 years, STAIR‘s trained volunteers have tutored more than 6,000 public school children who qualify for the program.Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders to improve their reading and language skills. less

Lens Charter School Informationimage

The Lens is known for its Investigative Reporting. moreHowever they started with the Charter School Reporting Corps that keeps up with and reports on the status and news about the charter movement in New Orleans. less

Class Got Brass? A High School Brass Band Competitionimage

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is creating a contest for Louisiana high schools to win up to $10,000 in instruments for their school’s band programs.

RSD OPSB Oversight Public Commentsimage

The RSD Overight Committee is seeking public comments on the RSD continuing control over schools in the New Orleans area. morePlease note that the link to contribute is at the top of page in the center. less

Charter Schools trainingimage

Assistant Principals Fellows Program accepting applications An intensive training program which is designed to help these school leaders in public, private and parochial schools in the five-parish metropolitan area

nolaParent.comimage

nolaParent&#46com is a free online resource of information and ideas for the busy, online, multi-tasking parent within the Greater New Orleans area. moreThe website offers 24/7 online access to the most valuable information and tools that parents need on a day-to-day basis, featuring:
  • Local Resources: a business directory of local resources from schools to parks and everything in between;
  • Activities Calendar: a calendar of family and kid related events and activities;
  • Classifieds: a “craigslist” for parents that includes categories for babysitters, housekeepers, kids toys, camps, etc.;
  • Parent Forum: a place where parents can post questions and answers about life’s most challenging (and sometimes mundane) parenting issues;
  • Local Lagniappe: a place where parents can access local discounts and promotions; and
  • My nolaParent: a feature that allows registered users to personalize their nolaParent experience.
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Orleans Parish Schools Master Plan Community Meetingsimage

Community review meetings to discuss the master plan for Orleans Parish Public Schools will be held September 19-30&#46 Click the link for information on the plan and meeting dates and locations&#46

New Orleans Charter Schools Blogimage

This Nola&#46com blog features the latest news and information about New Orleans-area charter schools&#46

Orleans Parish School Facilities Master Planimage

The School Facilities Master Plan is a comprehensive plan for the Orleans Parish public schools&#46 The plan will serve as a blueprint to guide future school renovations and new construction. moreIt is a joint project of the Recovery School District (RSD) and the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB).Visit the website for more information. less

Orleans Parish Charter School Close-Upsimage

This online listings, put together by the Lens, features profiles of all New Orleans public, charter, and Recovery School District schools. moreThe information includes test scores, extracurricular activities, admission criteria, and neighborhood and school demographics to help parents choose the best schools for their children. less

New Orleans Public Schools Common Application Processimage

New Orleans public/RSD school registration deadline was March 30thmore
Most public schools in New Orleans, both traditional and charter, are banding together to offer a Common Application form and unified timeline for parent notification and student registration.Parents who are enrolling students in public school for the first time or who are looking for a different public school for their children can use the Common Application form to apply to any participating school and can also apply for multiple schools.
The applications are currently available at any participating school, the Recovery School District’s Welcome School, at 2239 Poydras St., the Orleans Parish School Board Office, 3520 General DeGaulle Drive, and online at www.rsdla.net. less

The New Orleans Parents' Guide to Public Schoolsimage

This guide is a must-have for all parents of New Orleans public school children. moreDownload the guide at Nolaparentsguide.org for information on open public schools, policies, school administration, how to register, and more.The new edition includes information about several new schools coming online for the 2009-2010 school year, a simple explanation of how to apply for and enroll in schools, updated data about schools and other exciting new features.You can also find copies at most public schools and public library branches in New Orleans.Check the site regularly for updates and other public school resources. less

Agenda For Children Child Care and Schools Referralimage

If you need help finding available child care in the New Orleans area, call Agenda For Children’s Child Care Resources Program for a free referral. moreYou can get help finding quality schools, child care centers, family child care homes, summer camps, nursery schools, and before/after school programs. Call 1-800-486-1712 or 504-586-8509 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday or e-mail: information@agendaforchildren.org. less

Registration for New Orleans Public Schoolsimage

Registration for schools in the Recovery School District began Monday, June 18, 2007. moreParents may register their children at the following locations:
  • RSD Central Office, 1641 Poland Avenue
  • Joseph S. Clark High School , 1301 N. Derbigny Street
  • Edgar P. Harney Elementary School , 2503 Willow Street
  • Murray Henderson Elementary School , 1912 L.B.Landry Avenue
Registration hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.to 4 p.m., and until 7 p.m.on Tuesday.

The first day of school for the RSD will be Tuesday, Sept.4, 2007

RSD schools are open to students from across New Orleans, and none has admission criteria.Parents won’t have to re-register students who will be returning to their current schools, but must return a form to the school stating their intentions for their children to return.Those wishing to transfer schools must re-register.

Parents registering new RSD students should bring proof of address (such as a telephone or utility bill), their children’s Social Security card, birth certificate, immunization record, most recent report card and Individualized Education Program (IEP), if applicable.Anyone with registration questions can call the RSD registration office at (504) 872-0625. less


Educational Resources

Teaching Responsible Earth Education (T.R.E.E.)

TREE serves children and adults with life science education programming held in an Outdoor Classroom (Jean Lafitte National Park and the  piney woods of Saint Tammany).

CORE Elementimage

The Core Element is a non-profit organization bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs to schools in the Greater New Orleans area. moreCore Element trains teachers and equips them with hands-on, inquiry-based kits to be used in the classroom.  Students engaged in more interactive STEM lessons learn the acts of observing, experimenting, keeping journals and taking measurements bringing together all the skills of a well-rounded student. 

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School Readiness Tax Creditimage

The SRTC business tax credit for Louisiana businesses is pretty straightforward. moreA business can donate up to $5,000 to a CCR&R and get 100% of their money back on the Louisiana income taxes.

This refundable credit can be taken against individual income tax, corporation income tax, or corporation franchise tax depending on the business’s entity type.

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Eastbank Charter School Collaborativeimage

The East Bank Charter School Collaborative publishes the RSDigest (Recovery School District/ New Orleans) and the OPSBrief (Orleans Parish School Board) each month with agendas before the meetings and reports on the decisions and discussions of the meetings.

O.P.E.N. NOLAimage

OPEN is a New Orleans-based nonprofit committed to ensuring that there is an informed and engaged community that exercises influence on policy and programs to realize excellence and equity for every child in public schools in New Orleans.

Educate Now!image

EducateNow! is a news clipping service and blog that provides comprehensive updates on the state of public K-12 education in New Orleans

Independent Schools Association of the Southwest:New Orleans chapterimage

The ISAS New Orleans has information about several independent schools (charters, religious-affiliated and private) including Open House schedules at http://www.isasneworleans.org/documents/docs/ISAS%20OPEN%20HOUSE_wlinks.pdf

Connect2Educateimage

Connect2Educate provides a means and an opportunity for schools and resource providers to share information, make personal contact, and determine interest in pursuing the connection of that resource to the school and its constituents. moreThis organization aims to keep schools informed of the wide array of services and resources at their disposal, help school leaders make informed and logical decisions about programming for their students, encourage better coordination between school needs and available services, and to help service providing organizations increase visibility and impact of services. less

EducateNow!image

EducateNow! is a site dedicated to the ongoing reforms in the New Orleans public school system. moreIt has excellent mailing list options with updates about Charter Schools, the RSD and other K-12 information. less

School Readiness Tax Creditsimage

School Readiness Tax Credits are a package of tax credits that support the development of quality child care. moreCredits are available to parents, child care centers, child care workers, and businesses.Parents can increase the value of their existing child care tax credit by sending their child to a center that has achieved two or more stars on the state’s Quality Start rating system.Find out more on the Quality Start website or email mgagnon@tulane.edu. less

Families Helping Families of Jeffersonimage

FHF is an information and referral service for people with disabilities and their families, including information on educational services and other needs&#46 Visit the website or call (504) 888-9111 or (800) 766-7736&#46

Jefferson Dollars for Scholarsimage

Jefferson Dollars for Scholars helps provide educational opportunities for Jefferson Parish Public School students through scholarships and academic support. moreFind out more about college scholarships, academic enrichment scholarships, and ACT prep programs by calling (504) 831-1565  less

TeachNOLAimage

TeachNOLA is a program designed to recruit and train motivated individuals to teach in the New Orleans Recovery School District. moreYou do not need an education degree to join this program.Visit the website for more information. less

Housing Program for New Orleans Teachersimage

New Orleans teachers will be offered 250 two-bedroom, fully furnished rent-free modular housing units, in accordance with a joint effort announced today by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA), the City of New Orleans and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Eligible teachers interested in registering to receive a housing unit are encouraged to call the Louisiana Department of Education at 1-800-471-0869 and leave their first and last name, school of employment, phone number, mailing address, email address, number of household members and FEMA registration number.