• In accordance with Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) policy, Jefferson Parish Schools (JPS) is now accepting charter applications from high quality operators.  Charter operators who are interested in turning around existing schools, as well as establishing new schools may submit applications for the FALL 2023 application cycle.

    JPS will review and select charter schools through the state-developed application process and according to the state’s timeline.

    Jefferson Parish School Board 

    2023-24 Charter School Application Process

    for Schools Opening in the 2025-2026 School Year or Beyond


    Forms and Information Needed for Submission of a 

    Type 1 or Type 3 Charter School Proposal

    In compliance with R.S. 17:3982, Jefferson Parish School Board is making public through our website, and in printed form upon request, the guidelines for submitting a charter proposal, all forms required for submission of a charter proposal, the timelines established for accepting and reviewing charter proposals, the process that will be used to review charter proposals submitted to the board, and the name and contact information for a primary point of contact for charter proposals.


    Charter School Application

    • Applicants should complete the JPS Charter School Application found below. 
    • Applicants should complete the appropriate application based on whether or not they are a New Charter Operator, an Experienced Charter Operator or an applicant proposing to open a Virtual Charter School. 
    • In order to be eligible to submit a full application in Jefferson Parish Schools’ 2023-24 Request for Charter Applications process, a Letter of Intent must be submitted by September 21, 2023 at 3:00pm CST.  Eligibility Documentation information must be submitted by September 29, 2023 at 3:00pm CST and all of the outlined requirements shall be met.

    The Full Application requires applicants to complete five sets of documents:

    • Letter of Intent
    • Eligibility Documentation Form
    • Background Check Forms
    • Overview Template
    • A Charter Proposal Written in response to the questions posed in the application (New Operator or Experienced Operator)



    Charter School Process Timeline:

    September 05, 2023

    JPS releases the Common Chart Application, Timeline and 

    Processes for completion 

    September 13, 2023

    JPS hosts an Informational Session on Application Process 

    September 21, 2023 

    Letter of Intent due no later than 3pm CST

    Follow the guidelines found here – Upload via website

    ***Applications for organizations who do submit a

    Letter of Intent by September 21, 2022 will not be accepted.

    September 29, 2023

    Eligibility Documentation Form due no later than 3pm – 

    Upload via website

    October 23, 2023

    Background Checks for All New Operators and Experienced Operators 

    not currently operating a charter school in Louisiana must submit Background Checks for each Board Member identified.

    October 27, 2023

    Applications due not later than 3pm CST

    Applicants should upload required written responses to the questions 

    found in the application and the Overview Template.

    *Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for approval.

    October 28, 2023 – November 11, 2023

    Initial Application Review/Independent Application Evaluation

    November 01, 2023

    Public Hearing 

    November 14, 2023

    Initial Memo from the Third-Party Evaluation Team to the 

    Applicant(s) by 12 noon CST

    November 17, 2023

    Applicant(s) Written Response (limited to 5 pages) – 

    via website upload by 3 pm CST

    November 27, 2023 – December 01, 2023

    Capacity Interviews

    December 04-11, 2023

    Final Evaluation Recommendations from Independent Evaluation 

    December 15, 2023 

    Applicant(s) Written Response (limited to 2 pages) – 

    via website upload by 3pm CST

    Week of 

    January 03, 2024

    Jefferson Parish School Board considers applications


    Charter Application Review Process

    All charter applications will be reviewed by an independent evaluator with educational, organizational, legal, and financial expertise.  Applicants will have the opportunity to provide to the evaluator a written response of their charter application before the evaluator provides a final recommendation to the administration.  

    Charter School Contact Information

    Individuals or organizations with questions about the district's charter application process should contact:

    Semaj Allen-Raymond, M. Ed+30
    Director of Charter School Partnerships


    Posted 09/01/2023

    JPS Charter Application Resources