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The Basics on Charter Schools

September 4, 2015
  • What if Charter Demand Exceeds Supply?

    Almost all charter schools admit students without reference to test scores, essays, interviews or auditions. Any student may apply to attend a charter school. However, if too many students want to attend a school, there is a lottery to determine who is admitted.  

    In some cities like New Orleans and Washington, families can use an “open enrollment” system to apply to many charter schools that interest them at once. In other cities, families must apply to each school individually. 


    New Orleans Public School Enrollment: OneApp in the News
    National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: FAQ