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School Choice Opportunities

Caddo Parish Public Schools provides equitable solutions for all students.  A Transformation Zone is in place to address the district’s lowest-performing schools.  Schools in the Transformation Zone are making gains toward improved school scores.  It should be noted that 64% of students within the district zones of schools on the School Choice list attend high-performing schools through the opportunities noted below.

Caddo Parish Public Schools offers the following opportunities for School Choice:

Magnet Schools: All Caddo Parish Public School students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for a Caddo Parish Magnet School Program seat.

  • Entering Grade 1-Acceptable behavior (can have only two conduct grades below “C,” no expulsion(s), and no out of school suspensions [following CPSB Discipline Policy] from the previous year). Any expulsion will result in revocation of the contract and remove the student from the school for the remainder of the school year. Acceptable performance on Kindergarten Individual Progress Report (can have only 2 “Needs Improvement” and no “Unsatisfactory” in any area for the final reporting period). 66% or above on Kindergarten Reading and Math Mastery tests.

 

  • Entering Grades 2-5-Acceptable behavior (can have only two conduct grades below “C,” no expulsion(s), and no out of school suspensions [following CPSB Discipline Policy] from the previous year). Any expulsion will result in revocation of the contract and remove the student from the school for the remainder of the school year. Final grades of “A, B, C, or Satisfactory” in all courses. Review of Statewide Assessment results (pending state updates) 94% attendance record.

 

  • Caddo Middle Magnet New Entry:
  • Acceptable behavior (Entering Grade 6 may have only two conduct grades below “C,” no expulsion(s), and no out of school suspension(s) (following CPSB Discipline Policy) from the previous year.
  • 2.5 or better overall grade point average
  • 94% or better attendance.
  • Final grades of “A, B, C, or Satisfactory in all subject areas

 

  • Herndon Middle Magnet New Entry:
  • Acceptable behavior (Entering Grade 6 may have only two conduct grades below “C,” no expulsion(s), and no out of school Suspension(s) (following CPSB Discipline Policy) from the previous year.
  • 2.5 or better overall grade point average
  • 94% or better attendance.
  • Final grades of A, B, C, or Satisfactory in all core subject areas

 

  • High School Magnet Sites/Programs:
  • Admission to magnet programs at high schools in Caddo Parish is specific to school sites/programs. Please refer to secondary sites for specific information. Students must:
  • Meet all requirements for GPA, standardized test scores, and attendance for the magnet
  • program as established by the Caddo Parish School Board,
  • Have parental/guardian consent and support,
  • Make an application and have the application approved by the principal of the magnet school, and
  • Execute a magnet contract for at least one school year.

 

  • Magnet Choice Guidelines:
  •  A magnet school is a school of choice.
  •  For application information about high school magnet programs, visits individual school websites for program specifics.
  •  An online application can be completed at magnetapplication.com OR from our website www.caddoschools.org
  •  For assistance completing online applications, contact the magnet school of interest
  •  Only one application per child is required.
  •  A student may not test for a grade in which he/she is currently enrolled.
  • Accommodations will be provided for students with an IEP or IAP/504
  • Kindergarten and 1st grade will report to the school’s Multipurpose Center on the assigned date/time in your email. Grades 2nd through 5th will report to the school’s cafeteria.
  • Children who are in 5th grade at an elementary magnet school must submit an application and test for possible placement in 6th grade at a magnet school (except for 5th graders at Herndon Magnet K-8). Current 5th-grade enrollment at an elementary magnet school does not guarantee placement at a magnet school for 6th grade.
  • Placement letters will be mailed to parents.

 

  • Considerations for Equity:
  • 40% of seats assigned from a pool of applicants who meet the criteria for admission to the magnet school and who meet any of the following designations:
    • Qualify as economically disadvantaged
    • Qualify for Medicaid; LaCHIPS
    • Is Homeless
    • Lives in government-subsidized housing
    • Enrolled in Early Childhood Education at a Title 1 School
    • Parents receive TANIF
    • Parents receive SNAP
    • The applicant is enrolled in Head Start
    • The applicant is assigned to a Title 1 school

 

Minority to Majority

Minority students may request an application for admission to a majority school by April 15.  The CPSB makes provisions for students to transfer from a school where they are a part of the majority race to a school where they would be a part of the minority race.  Transportation for a student transferred under the provisions of the Majority to Minority (M to M) policy will be provided to a school nearest the student’s home school attendance area.

Caddo Virtual Academy

This “A” rated high school serves students throughout the district and is open to all students.

Other Choice Opportunities:

The following schools are not in the Magnet Program and noted as schools of choice:

  • AC Steere
  • Blanchard Elementary
  • Byrd High School
  • Captain Shreve High School
  • North Caddo High School
  • Northwood High School

The availability of seats at these schools is dependent on school capacity and projected enrollment.  Available seats will be assigned to students requesting choice using an application process. Parents will receive notification of available seats by US mail on or before June 1, 2020.

Students enrolled in the following schools for the 2019-2020 school year are eligible for School Choice;

Arthur Circle Elementary School F 44.5
Atkins Technology Elementary School F 31.6
Broadmoor Middle Laboratory School F 45.3
Caddo Heights Math/Science Elementary School F 45.9
Cherokee Park Elementary School F 47.9
Creswell Elementary School F 37.4
Eighty-First Street ECE Center D 54.3
Forest Hill Elementary School D 54.3
Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy C 64.5
Caddo Middle Career and Technology School F 39.9
Huntington High School C 67.6
Mooretown Elementary Professional Develop. Ctr. F 40.6
Mooringsport Elementary School D 58.9
North Highlands Elementary School C 67.4
Northside Elementary School F 48.5
Oak Park Micro society Elementary School F 37.6
Pine Grove Elementary School F 39.1
Queensborough Elementary School D 51.8
Ridgewood Middle School D 52.8
Riverside Elementary School C 70.7
Shreve Island Elementary School C 73.8
Southern Hills Elementary School C 60.7
E.B. Williams Stoner Hill Elementary School D 58.9
Summer Grove Elementary School D 50.1
Summerfield Elementary School D 53.2
Sunset Acres Elementary School F 48.3
Jack P. Timmons Elementary School D 56.2
University Elementary School C 64.3
Walnut Hill Elementary/Middle School C 68.9
Booker T. Washington New Technology High School C 71.4
Werner Park Elementary School F 45.2
Westwood Elementary School F 48.5
Woodlawn Leadership Academy C 63.4
Youree Dr. Middle Advanced Placement Magnet School C 72.1
Turner Elementary Middle School D 52.1
Donnie Bickham Middle School D 56.5
Keithville Elementary/Middle School D 53.1
Midway Professional Development Center F 38.6
J. S. Clark Elementary School D 50.1
Academic Recovery Ombudsman D 56.3
Magnolia School of Excellence D 52.1
North Caddo Elementary-Middle School F 49.4
Fair Park Middle School F 39.1

 

Public School Choice (ESEA section 1111(d)(1)(D))

A district has the discretion to offer students enrolled in a school that is identified by the State for comprehensive support and improvement with the option to transfer to another public school served by the district. (ESEA section 1111(d)(1)(D)(i)). Furthermore, a district may use up to five percent of its Title I, Part A funds to pay for transportation for students who take advantage of this public-school choice option. (ESEA section 1111(d)(1)(D)(v)). If a district chooses to offer this option to its students, ESEA section 1111(d)(1)(D)(ii)-(iv) outlines the requirements for implementation. Note that any public school choice option provided by a district under these provisions must be consistent with State law. (ESEA section 1111(d)(1)(D)(i)).