9,201 applications were submitted for the first round—known as the Main Round—of OneApp for the 2021-22 school year. Last week, these students and families received their results. OneApp uses a computer algorithm to make open-enrollment, public-school school placement decisions in an unbiased fashion (taking into account certain factors described here, like if a student lives nearby to a school or has a sibling there). We share some highlights below:
85% of all K-12 applicants received a match with one of their school choices, an increase of 10%, compared to assignments in Main Round in spring 2020.
91% of applicants entering kindergarten and 9th grade received one of their top three choices, an increase of 9%, compared to assignments in Main Round spring 2020.
82% of all K-12 applicants received one of their top three choices, an increase of 12%, compared to assignments in Main Round in spring 2020.
One of the “priority factors” in OneApp is the sibling priority. This means that if the sibling(s) of an applicant currently attend(s) a given school, and the applicant wants to attend the same school, then the applicant will receive priority in the OneApp algorithm for open seats at that school.
97% of eligible siblings received a match at a sibling’s school.
10% of all K-12 applicants were not matched with one of their school choices, which is a 5% improvement in assignments, compared to Main Round in spring 2020.
A common cause of this outcome is a family listing very few choices, or only listing a small group of the highest-demand schools. 89% of unmatched applicants only listed three or fewer school choices on their application.
Students who did not receive a placement or are not satisfied with their placement can re-apply during Round 2 of OneApp, which will open on April 14. Students who did not participate in the Main Round, but who are new to New Orleans public schools or want to attend a different school, can apply during Round 2, as well.
At NSNO, we will continue working for the day when every single family in our city, of course, sends their child to their top choice school. As part of that work, we strive to help more schools become the type of academically strong, loving and supportive environments that so many families are looking for. As we look at our schools today—with their great teachers, strong athletic and arts programs, innovative models and dedicated leaders and staff—we are hopeful.
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