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The OPSB Charter School Office's Inaugural Annual Report

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  • OPSB Charter School Office Annual Report

    March 12, 2015

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    DearFriends,TheOrleansParishSchoolBoardsCharterSchoolOfficeisexcitedtopresentitsinauguralAnnualReport.ThisreportprovidesanoverviewoftheworkoftheOPSBCharterOffice,thehistoricalandcurrentperformanceofOPSBcharterschools,schoolspecificinformation,andasummaryofthe201314AnnualReviewsofeachschool.OPSBs14charterschoolsnoweducatemorethan10,000students75%ofthedistrictstotalenrollment.AmongOPSBscharterschoolsare3ofthetop20publicschoolsinthestate,andadiversearrayofopenenrollmentschoolsthatprovideprogramofferingstomeettheeducationalneedsofeverystudent.Theseprogramsincludelanguageimmersion,Montessori,STEM,andartsbasededucation,tonameafew.Charterschoolsrepresentafundamentalrethinkingoftherelationshipbetweenschools,thedistrict,andfamilies.Inexchangeforsignificantoperationalautonomy,charterschoolsacceptahigherstandardforperformanceandswifterconsequencesforfailingtomeetthebar.TheOrleansParishSchoolBoard,throughitsCharterSchoolOffice,iscommittedtoupholdingthesestandardsandensuringthatallofNewOrleansstudentsandfamilieshaveequitableaccesstomultiplehighqualityschooloptions.WeappreciateyoursupportofpubliceducationinOrleansParish.Ifyouhaveanyquestionsaboutthisreportorourcharterschools,pleasedonthesitatetocontactourofficeatcharterschooloffice@opsb.us.

    KathleenPadianDeputySuperintendentOrleansParishSchoolBoard

    ORLEANSPARISHSCHOOLBOARD3520GeneralDeGaulleDrive,NewOrleans,Louisiana70114

    CharterSchoolOfficeKathleenPadian,DeputySuperintendent

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    Table of Contents

    OPSB CHARTER SCHOOLS OVERVIEW ............................................................................................. 3

    ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE & ENROLLMENT ........................................................................................ 3

    OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS ............................................................................................................................. 4

    ELEMENTARY (PK-8) SCHOOLS

    AUDUBON CHARTER SCHOOL .................................................................................................................. 5

    BRICOLAGE CHARTER SCHOOL ................................................................................................................ 7

    EINSTEIN CHARTER SCHOOL ..................................................................................................................... 9

    ENCORE ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL .................................................................................................. 11

    ALICE M. HARTE CHARTER SCHOOL ....................................................................................................... 13

    HYNES CHARTER SCHOOL ..................................................................................................................... 15

    LAKE FOREST CHARTER SCHOOL ............................................................................................................ 17

    ROBERT RUSSA MOTON CHARTER SCHOOL ............................................................................................. 19

    HOMER A. PLESSY CHARTER SCHOOL .................................................................................................... 21

    COMBINATION SCHOOL (K-12)

    LUSHER CHARTER SCHOOL ..................................................................................................................... 23

    HIGH SCHOOLS (9-12)

    BENJAMIN FRANKLIN CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL ....................................................................................... 25

    WARREN EASTON CHARTER SCHOOL ..................................................................................................... 27

    EDNA KARR CHARTER SCHOOL .............................................................................................................. 29

    NEW ORLEANS SCIENCE & MATH CHARTER SCHOOL .............................................................................. 31

    APPENDIX

    PERFORMANCE FRAMEWORK RESULTS ..................................................................................................... A1

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    OPSB Charter Schools Overview

    Enrollment As of October 1, 2014, 14 OPSB-authorized Type 1 and 3 charter schools are collectively educating 10,008 students, an increase of 5.7% from last year, and 15% over the last 3 years. OPSB charter schools are responsible for 2/3rds of the Orleans Parish School Boards growth (550 students). Over 50% of students in OPSB charter schools receive free or reduced-priced lunch, and 6% are SER disabled.

    Academic Performance Charter schools authorized by the Orleans Parish School Board continue to be among the highest-performing schools in both the city and state. All of the schools earning a letter grade of A in the city of New Orleans 6, including two non-selective admissions schools were OPSB authorized charters. Ben Franklin High School, Lusher, and Lake Forest Elementary were 3 of the top 20 public schools in the state of Louisiana by 2014 School Performance Score (SPS). Additionally:

    Ben Franklin High School earned the highest SPS score in the state (140.1) 6 OPSB charter schools (50%) received an A; 11 (out of 12) received an A or B Average SPS score for all OPSB charter schools: 110.4 (A letter grade) Audubon, Harte, and Moton named Top Gains Schools Einstein maintained a B letter grade while conducting a full-school takeover of a failing school Lake Forest Academy was recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School

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    Two New School Options: Bricolage Academy (K) and Homer A Plessy Community School (PK 1st) opened their doors for the first time. Both schools will grow to serve grades PK-8.

    OPSBs First Charter Network: InspireNola Charter Schools was approved to operated two existing district charters, Alice Harte ES and Edna Karr HS.

    RFA Process: In September of 2013, the Charter Office completed its first application cycle under revisions to state law; one new charter school was approved, and deferred opening until 2016. The Charter Office completed a second application cycle in July 2014 with two additional applicants approved: Cypress Academy and Foundation Preparatory Academy, both expected to open for the 2015-16 school year,

    CEA: Heralding a new era of cooperation on behalf of New Orleans students, the OPSB Charter Office led the districts implementation of the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Recovery School District (RSD), which addresses critical citywide educational needs around facilities, coordinated planning, and additional settings and supports for New Orleans highest-need students.

    District Policy Changes: An overhaul was made, based on state and national best practices, to the districts policies (A128& 129) on charter school renewals and extension, including automatic replication for high-performing schools and a default closure provision for failing schools.

    Performance Framework: The culmination of a yearlong collaborative development process engaging charter school leaders and a broad cross-section of community stakeholders, the OPSB Charter Scho ol Performance Framework provides a clear and uniform standard of excellence for all Orleans Parish charter schools.

    Strategic Priorities: Based on a robust analysis of the citywide public education landscape, citywide strategic priorities were established to meet the identified future needs of the city. National & Statewide Office Achievements: The Deputy Superintendent was invited to and attended the Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsonian Design

    Awards at the White House. The Deputy Superintendent was also selected to participate in the Authorizer-Lender Working

    Group with National Association of Charter Schools (NACSA). The Deputy Superintendent presented at the 2014 NACSA Conference (October 2014) on the

    work of the office. A staff member was a participant in the NACSA Leaders program. The office managed two successful federal grant applications totaling $4+ Million (School Climate

    Transformation and Innovative Approaches to Literacy grants).

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    Audubon Charter School Audubon Charter Schools mission is to foster a culturally rich and academically rigorous program using the French and Montessori curriculum and a comprehensive arts curriculum. Governing Board: French and Montessori Education (F.A.M.E.) Charter Board Chair: Rev. Cornelius Tilton CEO/School Leader: Ms. Janice Dupuy Grades Served: PK-8 Current Location(s): PK-3: 6101 Chatham Dr., 70122 (Gentilly) 4-8: 1111 Milan St., 70115 (Uptown) Planned Final Location: PK-3: 428 Broadway St., 70118 (Uptown) 4-8: 1111 Milan St., 70115 (Uptown) Initial Charter Approval: January 12, 2006 Current Charter Operating Agreement: July 1, 2011 Charter Renewal Date: June 30, 2017

    STUDENT COMPOSITION AS OF OCT.1, 2014 Total Enrollment 802 Audubon OPSB Avg. Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch1 44.1% 67.9% Students With Identified Disabilities 6.9% 7.1% Gifted/Talented 24.1% 16.0% English Language Learners 4.7% 4.9%

    Gender Male 50.7% 48.1% Female 49.3% 51.9%

    Race/Ethnicity2 Black 46.4% 71.9% White 43.0% 20.6% Asian & Other 4.1% 7.5% Hispanic, of any race 10.6% 5.7%

    2013-14 Program Hi

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