• 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 2022 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 2024-2025 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’ 2022-23 Request for Charter Applications process, a Letter of Intent must be submitted by September 21, 2022 at 3:00pm CST.  Eligibility Documentation information must be submitted by September 30, 2022 at 3:00pm 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, Experienced Operator or Virtual Operator)



    Charter School Process Timeline

    September 07, 2022

     JPS releases the Common Chart Application, Timeline and

    Processes for completion

    September 14, 2022

    JPS hosts an Informational Session on Application Process

    September 21, 2022 


    Letter of Intent due no later than 3pm 

    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 30, 2022

    Eligibility Documentation Form due no later than 3pm –

    Upload via website

    October 14, 2022


    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 28, 2022


    Applications due not later than 3pm

    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 29, 2022 – November 11, 2022

    Initial Application Review/Independent Application Evaluation

    November 02, 2022

    Public Hearing

    November 14, 2022

    Initial Memo from the Third-Party Evaluation Team to the

    Applicant(s) by 12 noon

    November 18, 2022

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

    via website upload by 3 pm

    November 28, 2022 – December 02, 2022

    Capacity Interviews

    December 02-07, 2022

    Final Evaluation Recommendations from Independent Evaluation 

    December 14, 2022,

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

    via website upload

    January 04, 2023

    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 08/265/2022


    JPS Charter Application Resources

    Letter of Intent Template

    Eligibility Documentation Form

    Background Checks Guidance Form

    Overview Template 

    JPS 2022 Charter Application New Operator 

    JPS 2022 Charter Application Experienced Operator 

    JPS 2022 Charter Application Virtual Operator