New Orleans by the Numbers

Approximately 49,000 students attend public schools in New Orleans.

  • Economically Disadvantaged

  • Students of Color

  • Students with Disabilities

87 schools – 98% charter


98% of students attend charter schools


More students are..

  • Graduating high school
  • Receiving state scholarships
  • Heading to college

New Orleans ranks 18th out of 69 districts in students enrolling in college—above the state average.

Graduation Rate

  • 54%


  • 73%


TOPS Eligibility Rate

  • 25%


  • 47%


College Entry Rate

  • 37%


  • 61%


In 2005, 62% of New Orleans students attended Louisiana's lowest performing schools - it is now down to 11%.

Percentage of students enrolled in schools performing in the bottom ten percent statewide in 2005 and 2017

  • 2005

  • 2017

The percentage of New Orleans students demonstrating “A”-level growth in math is higher than the state average, and on par with the state in ELA.

Percentage of grade 4-12 students in 2018 demonstrating “top growth” on LEAP state assessments from one year to the next

New Orleans


New Orleans


New Orleans’ historically disadvantaged students outperformed the statewide LEAP top growth averages across the board in 2018.

Percentage of grade 4-12 students demonstrating “top growth” on state assessments in ELA and math combined

New Orleans was among the top ten districts nationwide for academic growth in a 2017 Stanford University study of the largest 2,000 school districts in the US

The average New Orleans student grew 5.7 grade levels over 5 years

Grade levels of growth over five school years based on grades 3-8 ELA and math state standardized test scores linked to a common scale, 2009 – 2015

New Orleans is also outperforming peer distrcicts nationally on the ACT.

ACT Composite scores, 2016

* ACT is not required for all students.

Of the top ten districts, New Orleans serves the highest percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

New Orleans 79%
Chicago 75%
Garden Grove Unified 62%
Salem-Keizer 53%
Peoria Unified 33%
Seattle 32%
Chandler Unified 24%
Plano 22%
Leander 16%
Frisco 9%

*Low-income student data from Stanford study; based on free and reduced price lunch eligibility as well as economically disadvantaged classification, averaged across 2008-09 to 2014-15

Numbers to Motivate

The percent of students in Louisiana’s top performing schools has barely increased in the last 3 years.

Percent of New Orleans students attending schools performing in the top 25% of statewide performance

Student achievement has remained stagnant for the past four years.

Percent of grades 3-8 new Orleans students on LEAP state assessments in ELA, math, science, and social studies combined; % Basic or above in 2015-2018 includes ELA and math only due to data availabliity.

Mastery or Above

Basic or Above