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While it's hard to say if ghosts and ghouls are real (one of our staffers swears there's a ghost in her house that moves the laundry from the washer to the dryer sometimes), there's one thing we know for sure shouldn't scare you this Halloween season: SPS scores!

The LDE raised the accountability bar and our charter schools rose to the challenge. Mwahahahahaha!

Charter School Type
Average SPS Score 2013 (New Scale)
Average SPS Score 2012 (New Scale)*
Average SPS Growth
167.6 64.4 +3.2 
82.3 81.2  +1.1  
112.7110.3  +2.4
90.4 83.8 +6.6 
70.8  59.6 +11.2  
All Charters79.4  71.9 +7.5  
 *Weighted to compare on new scale. 
  • Congratulations to Benjamin Franklin High School for having the highest SPS in the state (of all schools, not just charters)!
  • We'd like to give a big shout-out to the following schools for having the most SPS growth among the state's charters (Top 10):
    • Lagniappe Academies of New Orleans
    • John Dibert Community School
    • Success Preparatory Academy
    • Sophie B. Wright Learning Academy
    • Arthur Ashe Charter School
    • McDonogh #28 City Park Academy
    • ReNEW SciTech Academy
    • Esperanza Charter School
    • McDonogh #32 Elementary School
    • Harriet Tubman Charter School
  • Only about 28% of charters are rated as D or F schools, compared to the state's average which is about 35%
  • The majority of Louisiana charter schools are serving at-risk students better than traditional public schools.  When charters are compared to traditional public schools in Louisiana who serve similar demographics of students, Type 2 & Type 3 charters outperform non-charters by more than 4 percentage points, and Type 5 charter schools outperform non-charters by almost 7 percentage points.
Fostering Student & School Success through Effective School Community Partnerships
On November 12 from 5:30-8:30 pm, LAPCS and the Cowen Institute will co-host a forum called Fostering Student & School Success through Effective School Community Partnerships.  Lila Leff, founder of Umoja Student Development Corporation in Chicago ( will moderate this forum.

This Forum will:
  • Examine the "symptoms" and outcomes of a successful  school community partnership
  • Use an asset based lens to leverage community strengths and resources
  • Explore and apply local and national best practices to participants' own context
  • Identify tools, strategies, and frameworks that can be used to further effective school partnerships  
Through practical and interactive activities as well as a case-study format, participants will reflect on their own successes and challenges and refine both their goals and strategies for community partnerships. Given the tensions that often exist between community and charter operators, this is an important conversation with value from outside perspective and a success model that promotes youth development.  Click here to register for the session.
LAPCS Hits the Road

The LAPCS will be trekking across our great state throughout the month of November to visit with charter leaders, parents, and advocates, as well as inform the general public about what charter schools are and how they're helping improve public education for all students in Louisiana.


The tour will include a number of media stops, stakeholder meetings, and charter school drop-ins. If you are interested in hosting an event or helping spread the word about charter success in Louisiana, contact Nikki Chatelain, 504.274.3675.

CSPC Self-Assessment

Attention Type 2 and Type 5 Charters: To help school leaders and board members prepare for their annual reviews or for the Renewal/Extension process, the Department of Education has created a self-assessment tool based on Appendix B of the Charter School Performance Compact. This interactive tool will help schools estimate their Organizational and Financial Performance scores, and can be used to identify areas of growth and proactively make changes. To view a quick intro video on the tool, click here. Check out the tool itself here.

CCSS Petition

LAPCS supports the Common Core and PARCC assessments. We, like many of you, believe that all Louisiana students should get a quality education that puts them on the path to achieving their goals and dreams. Common Core will raise the bar for our state's academic standards and help put our students on track for college and career readiness. If you agree, please consider signing the petition that STAND for Children has put together. 
A+PEL Releases Leadership Survey
According to Louisiana's teachers, our school systems are facing a significant leadership gap. Well over half of teachers surveyed were not aware of or said their local school systems simply did not have formal processes to identify, recruit, or develop potential school leaders (assistant principals or principals). For those teachers aware of such programs, few judged them to be of high quality. Teachers also said that local districts lacked any meaningful incentives for good candidates to become principals. These results suggest that local districts do a poor job of identifying potentially strong candidates and there is a significant lack of proactive strategies to recruit and develop future principals. For more information, visit

Teacher Certification FAQ

Recently, it was brought to our attention that some schools would like more assistance as it relates to teacher certification. We recognize that while it's not required, many charter schools value the process but find it complex and confusing. The following guides should hopefully help. Our FAQ lays out the various kinds of certification and explains how to obtain each. Our other memo focuses on the LDE's Talent Recruitment System-a free job board service.

The Inaugural OPEN Public Education Awards
The inaugural OPEN Public Education Awards aim to provide high-profile recognition to the educators, staff and schools of Orleans Parish who have demonstrated an unyielding commitment to excellence in education through motivating students and enriching their community.  The OPEAs will bring together educators, business and civic leaders, and a host of organizations that support public schools.  The event will be held on November 16, 2013 to recognize the best and brightest for their successes, celebrate their achievements, and inspire and engage the New Orleans educational community. Learn more here.

OneApp Launches Next Week!

Attention New Orleans: The main round of OneApp launches next week.  Please encourage families to pick up their application packets and turn them in early.  This flyer can be shared to spread the word.  

Pelicans Want to Honor Our Teachers and Students

The Pelicans love teachers and kids. Come support the team and be recognized for your hard work.

  • Teacher Appreciation Night: Take a break from your lesson plans and relax with the Pelicans! Don't miss this chance to meet fellow educators while enjoying a fun night of New Orleans basketball.

November 26, 2013

Pelicans vs. Warriors

5pm - Pre-Game Social

7pm - Tip-Off

Click here to purchase tickets. Use the passcode: TEACH

  • College Fair: Come network at the New Orleans Arena before a Pelicans game and learn more about local college programs!

December 6, 2013

Pelicans vs. Thunder

4-5:30pm - College Fair

7pm - Tip-Off

Click here for more information.

Contact Us
Caroline Roemer Shirley
Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
504-274-3651 |
In This Issue

LAPCS is a membership organization and provides a variety of services to our charter school members.  The following schools have signed up to be 2013-2014 Members.  Many of our programs and services are exclusive to our members and will not be available to non-member schools beginning in January 2014.  If you'd like to take advantage of all we offer, please reach out to our Membership Director, Simone Green, and sign up today!


     Our Member Schools  

  • Akili Academy of New Orleans
  • Algiers Technology Academy
  • Alice M. Harte Elementary Charter School
  • Andrew H. Wilson Charter School
  • Baton Rouge Charter Academy at Mid City
  • Bayou Community Academy
  • Belle Chasse Academy
  • Bricolage Academy
  • Cohen College Prep
  • Community School for Apprenticeship Learning
  • Crescent Leadership Academy
  • Crocker College Prep
  • D'Arbonne Woods Charter School
  • Delhi Charter School
  • Delta Charter School
  • Dolores T. Aaron Elementary School
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School
  • Edna Karr High School
  • Encore Academy
  • Esperanza Charter School Association
  • G.W. Carver Collegiate Academy
  • G.W. Carver Preparatory Academy
  • Gentilly Terrace Elementary School
  • Glencoe Charter School
  • Harriet Tubman Charter School
  • International School of Louisiana - Bunche
  • International School of Louisiana - Camp St
  • International School of Louisiana - Olivier St
  • J. K. Haynes Elementary Charter School
  • John McDonogh
  • Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School
  • Kenner Health Discovery
  • L.B. Landry-O. Perry Walker Senior High School
  • Lafayette Academy
  • Lake Area New Tech Early College High School
  • Lake Charles Academy
  • Linwood Public Charter School
  • Louisiana Connections Academy
  • Louisiana Virtual Academy
  • Lusher Charter School
  • Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle Orleans
  • Madison Preparatory Academy
  • Magnolia School of Excellence
  • Martin Behrman Elementary School
  • McDonogh #28 City Park Academy
  • McDonogh #32 Elementary School
  • McDonogh 42 Elementary Charter School
  • Medard H. Nelson Elementary School
  • Mentorship Academy of Digital Arts
  • Mentorship Academy of Science and Technology
  • Milestone SABIS Academy
  • Miller-McCoy Academy
  • Morris Jeff Community School
  • New Orleans Military/Maritime Academy
  • Paul B. Habans
  • Pierre A. Capdau Learning Academy
  • ReNEW Culutral Arts Academy at Live Oak Elementary
  • ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary School
  • Sci Academy
  • SciTech Academy at Laurel Elementary
  • Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy
  • Success Preparatory Academy
  • Sylvanie Williams College Prep
  • The MAX Charter School
  • The Net Charter School
  • Virtual Academy of Lafourche
  • William J. Fischer Elementary School