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New Orleans Public Schools

Since the state took over the failing schools after Hurricane Katrina in the fall of 2005, the New Orleans Public Schools have been managed by three different entities. It is a system of schools, not a school system.

The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) retained 16 non-failing schools.  The Recovery School District (RDS) took over 100 schools whose School Performance Scores were below the state average. 

In 2010 – 2011, the RSD operates 69 schools with a student population of over 28,000.  The OPSB operates 16 schools with a student population of approximately 10,500; and BESE operates 3 Type 2 charters with a student count of 1,100. Among these 3 operators, there are 61 charter schools which educate 71% of the public school students.

The total student population has decreased from 65,000 students in 2005 to almost 40,000 in 2010 – 2011.   

  • New Orleans Public School statistics 2015