New Orleans by the Numbers: Public School Enrollment

Educate Now! looks at the public school student enrollment over the past ten years – from October 1, 2004 (the last data before Katrina) to this school year.

The Highlights

Schools are serving a more ethnically diverse student population.

Enrollment Citywide

A higher percentage of students are economically disadvantaged*.


The percentage of students attending charter schools continues to increase.

% of Students in Charter Schools

Enrollment continues to increase.

School Year
10/1 Enrollment
(all students*)
2004-05 66,372
2006-07 25,651
2007-08 32,149
2008-09 35,955
2009-10 38,051
2010-11 39,877
2011-12 42,030
2012-13 43,540
2013-14 45,269
2014-15 46,409

Schools are more diverse.

  • In 2005, only 13 of 129 schools had 10% or more non-black enrollment.
  • Today, one-third of schools have 10% or more non-black enrollment.

Schools with Less than 90% Black Student Enrollment in 2014

Alice M. Harte Elementary Charter School
Andrew H. Wilson Charter School
Audubon Charter School
Benjamin Franklin High School
Bricolage Academy
Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School
Edward Hynes Charter School
Einstein Charter School
Eleanor McMain Secondary School
ENCORE Academy
Esperanza Charter School
G. W. Carver Preparatory Academy
Homer A. Plessy Community School
International High School of New Orleans
International School of Louisiana
John Dibert Community School
KIPP East Community Primary
Lake Forest Elementary Charter School
Lusher Charter School
Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle-Orleans
Mahalia Jackson Elementary School
Morris Jeff Community School
New Orleans Charter Science and Math HS
New Orleans Military/Maritime Academy
Paul Habans Charter School
Pierre A. Capdau Learning Academy
ReNEW Cultural Arts Acad. at Live Oak Elem.
Sci Academy

* Notes
Due to the new school lunch program (CEP) beginning in 2014, the state no longer has free/reduced lunch numbers for all schools and districts. Instead they are using a new metric – Economically Disadvantaged – consisting of students who are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Medicaid.

Enrollment includes all students in N.O. public schools except LA Virtual School.
Beginning in 2013, NOCCA is excluded (dropped below 50% Orleans students)
2014 does not include NOCCA or Milestone.