Orleans Public School Enrollment Continues to Climb with Increase in Diversity and Charter Choice
- New Orleans continues its steady increase in enrollment, growing from 39,877 students last year to 42,030 this year.
- The student population continues to diversify, with the percentage of non-African American students growing to 13.7% this year, up from 11.3% last year and 6.6% before Katrina.
- The percentage of students attending charter schools increased sizably, from 71% last year to 77.5% this year
- The percent of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch has remained fairly constant – 83.5% – and is more than 16 percentage points higher than the state average.
For more information on children in New Orleans, read this report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It includes demographic and socio-economic data as well as information on educational achievement.