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Selective Schools In New Orleans


Hi Mike, Good one - seems you're correct. But I still find it pretty remarkable (and significant), even if it's not limited to New Orleans. At some point, maybe I'll try to check out a bunch of other large districts. I also think there may be a distinction - one I don't mention in this post, in part because I'm still thinking about it - between selective high schools and those serving K-6/8. Thanks, MD

NOTE TO READERS: The final sentence of the footnote originally stated that Lusher opened after Katrina. A helpful reader pointed out that this is not accurate (it was restructured). I have corrected the post, and I apologize for the error. MD

Is 12.5% high for exam schools? I only know our local scene. Boston has 3 large exam schools. All Grades 7 to 12. They enroll about 5,300 kids. That's about 22% of the BPS enrollment for those grades.

This supports anecdotal evidence from teachers, of whom I am one, inside of New Orleans charter schools. This development is impacting the forgotten educational aspect of how much students learn from their peers in the academic and behavioral realms while in school and in friendship. For the public good, it's disastrous. There is nothing worse than seeing precious few public education resources being funneled disproportionately to an albeit talented minority. This is the case in New Orleans, as the schools of many high-needs students need far more resources than are being allocated to them. As a result of private fundraising for these selective schools (and other unofficially selective ones), students who are truly in need lack the instruction and support students in more selective schools discount everyday here.

The charter school model in Louisiana is much different than charter schools in other states, New Orleans has the largest percentage of charter schools than any city in the country. In regard to selective schools there are much more than six, Louisiana is the only state that allows charter schools to have selective admission. Most of the charter schools mentioned in this article were in magnet schools pre Hurricane Katrina. There are however many charter schools developed after Katrina that have selective admission requirements, if fact they make most of the charter market in New Orleans. The charter school system in Louisiana in fact promotes selectivity among its charter schools. The selective admission requirements include admission tests, screening of students grades and standardized tests scores, home visits, interviews. There are also some schools that use the ability to pay, with parent being automatically accepted into the kindergarden program when they come for a tuition pre-k program. Charter schools inn New Orleans using numerous methods to select students, with that the number of schools using selective admission requires likely in over 75% of the charter schools.

Yep. To further muddy the waters, here in Boston, there's also a thing called "Advanced Work Class." So in Grades 4, 5, 6, there are kids who don't attend "Selective schools" per se -- they are physically located in "Selective classrooms" housed in traditional schools. I'm not aware of data published on AWC, but I suspect the population looks a lot like the exam schools.


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