JPPSS Seeks High Quality Charter Operators for 2018 Charter Application Cycle

The Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) is now seeking charter applications from high quality operators to bring additional educational options to Jefferson Parish. The district invites charter operators who are interested in turning around existing schools, as well as establishing brand new schools, to submit applications for the 2018 application cycle.

Through a continued partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), JPPSS will review and select charter schools through the state-developed application process and according to the state’s timeline.

In compliance with R.S. 17:3982, JPPSS 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.

JPPSS 2018 District Charter School Application Process
for Schools Opening in the 2019-20 School Year or Beyond

Forms and Information Needed for Submission of a Type 1 or Type 3 Charter School Proposal

I. Charter School Application

Applicants should complete the 2018 Common Charter School Application found here.

The common application requires applicants to complete four documents – a charter proposal written in response to the questions posed in the common application, and a finances template, an eligibility form, and an overview template.  Links to the latter three documents are embedded within the common charter application.

II. Charter School Process Schedule

  • January 12 – March 2, 2018
  • Charter Applications Accepted
  • February 9
  • Notify if you intent to apply for a Type 1 or Type 3 charter school.
  • March 2, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Charter Application Acceptance DEADLINE
  • March 2 – March 23, 2018
  • Application Eligibility and Completeness Screening
  • March 26 – May 1, 2018
  • Independent Application Evaluation
  • May 2 – 15, 2018
  • Applicant Interviews
  • May 15 – 24, 2018
  • Superintendent’s Recommendation Drafted
  • June 6, 2018
  • School Board Meeting Vote
  • June 8, 2018
  • Deadline for final approval from JPSB

III. 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 to the independent evaluation of their charter application before the evaluator provides a final recommendation to the Jefferson Parish Public School System.

IV. Charter School Contact Information

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

Jeannine Prejean, Director of Charter Schools and Adult Education