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All persons wishing to apply to Lake Forest Charter School must first complete a NOLAPS Common Enrollment Application (OneApp) at enrollnolaps.com and select Lake Forest Charter as a choice. Upon submission of the OneApp and selecting Lake Forest Charter, applicants will receive a link to Lake Forest Charter School’s Supplemental Admissions Form. You will NOT  be able to receive the form link without submitting the OneApp first. 

Lake Forest Charter School Admissions Procedures

Lake Forest Charter School’s Mission is to provide a nurturing environment for children from diverse backgrounds that facilitates maximum student achievement through a rigorous, accelerated academic program that incorporates visual, cultural, and creative arts, and will ultimately enhance each student’s ability to become a global, contributing citizen.

Rigorous, Accelerated Academics & Expectations

Lake Forest Charter School offers a rigorous, accelerated academic program with academic admissions requirements. Admissions eligibility is determined by the applicant’s total matrix score which is calculated as described below. 

Admissions Matrix Kindergarten & 1st Grade

MATRIX POINTS MATH % READING % ORIENTATION QUESTIONNAIRE  PORTFOLIO
10 90-99 90-99      
9          
8 80-89 80-89      
7          
6 70-79 70-79      
5 60-69 60-69      
4 55-59 55-59      
3 50-54 50-54 Attended Returned Submitted
2 40-49 40-49      
1 0-39 0-39      
0     Not Attended Not Returned Not Submitted

 

Applying for KINDERGARTEN & 1ST GRADE

Applicants applying to Kindergarten & 1st Grade must score at least 20 points on the admissions matrix to be eligible for admission to Lake Forest Charter School. 

How is the matrix score calculated? 

Matrix scores are calculated by adding math %tile (up to 10 points), reading %tile (up to 10 points), portfolio submission (3 points), viewing of the orientation (3 points), and submitting questionnaire (3 points). Applicants applying for kindergarten and first grade must score 20 out of the 29 points, to be eligible for admission. 

Admissions Matrix 2nd – 8th Grade

MATRIX POINTS GPA ATTENDANCE MATH % READING % ORIENTATION QUESTIONNAIRE
10 3.5 – 4.0   90-99 90-99    
9     80-89 80-89    
8 3.0 – 3.49   70-79 70-79    
7 2.5 – 2.99   55-69 55-69    
6     50-54 50-54    
5 2.3 – 2.49   45-49 45-49    
4 2.0 – 2.29   40-44 40-44    
3   0-5 absences     Attended Returned
2   6-7 absences        
1 0.0 – 1.99 8-9 absences 0-39 0-39    
0         Not Attended Not Returned

 

Applying for 2nd – 8th GRADE

Applicants applying to 2nd – 8th grade must score at least 33 points on the admissions matrix to be eligible for admission to Lake Forest Charter School. 

How is the matrix score calculated? 

Matrix scores are calculated by adding math %tile (up to 10 points), reading %tile (up to 10 points), GPA (up to 10 points), previous year’s attendance (up to 3 points), viewing of the orientation (3 points), and submitting questionnaire (3 points). Applicants applying for 2nd – 8th grade must score 33 out of the 39 points, to be eligible for admissions.

GPA Calculation

Grade point average is calculated using only core academic classes and the grades will be unweighted. (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0)

Students applying to 2nd – 8th grade who present a grade point average less than 2.0 earn 1 point for this category on the matrix. A 1 in this category means it is mathematically impossible for a student to earn the required 33 points to continue in the admissions process. Students who present a GPA less than 2.0, will not be scheduled for an eligibility assessment as it would be impossible for them to receive a qualifying score. 

Attendance

Attendance will be calculated using the total number of absences for the entire year listed on the 2020-2021 report card for students applying to grades 3 – 8. For students applying to 2nd grade, we will utilize the attendance from Quarter 1 on the 2021-2022 report card.   

Orientation

As a component of the admissions matrix, parents will have to view a parent orientation and submit an online questionnaire to receive the corresponding points on the matrix. The pre-recorded orientation and corresponding questionnaire will be available for viewing from January 24, 2022 – January 30, 2022. Parents will receive the link via email prior to the window.

Eligibility Assessment

All applicants must complete their eligibility assessment at Lake Forest Charter School. An assessment date will be assigned when the completed OneApp and supplemental admission form is received and verified. Kindergarten applicants will be assessed individually on weekdays. 1st – 8th grade applicants will be assessed in groups on Saturdays. Non-Saturday, religious accommodation dates are available where applicable. 

For all grades, there will be NO RETESTING. For applications for grades  2 through 8, any student that presents a grade point average less than 2.0, will not be scheduled for an eligibility assessment as it would be impossible to attain the minimum 33 points needed to qualify. Students can earn a maximum of 20 points from the exam. 

If for any reason your child is unable to assess on his/her assigned date, only one makeup date will be offered by the admissions office. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the admissions office by the next available school day, following the scheduled testing date, if the applicant did not test on his/her scheduled date. Admissions Office grades K-8: 504.373.0645. Failure to notify the school will result in forfeiting the opportunity for a make-up test. 

Test Accommodations

If a student has a 504 Plan or an IAP which provides for test accommodations for standardized testing and wishes to request accommodations for the eligibility assessment, you must provide a copy of the current Individualized Education Plan (IEP), Individualized Education Plan (IAP), an evaluation or a 504 plan by January 28, 2022. Test accommodation documentation provided after January 28, 2022, will not be honored. This is necessary in order to have the accommodations in place for the assessment.

Kindergarten assessments

Kindergarten assessments are given on weekdays between 9am and 2pm. Assessments will be scheduled between November 2021 – March 2022. Kindergarten assessments last 30-45 minutes. 

1st – 8th grade assessments

1st – 8th grade assessments are given on Saturdays between 8am and 4pm. Assessment dates are listed below. 1st – 8th grade assessments are given in groups and assessments last 1.5 -2.5 hours. 

Testing Dates for 1st – 8th grade applicants

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Saturday, February 12, 2022

All assessment accommodations will be provided on February 12, 2022. Accommodation paperwork must be submitted by January 28, 2022.

State Testing Requirements

Students enrolling in 5th grade must show proof that they have taken the State of Louisiana’s placement test (LEAP 2025) by June 12, 2022. Non-public students must take the exam in Spring 2022 or prior to the start of school in August 2022.

Admissions Eligibility Phases

Phase I of the admissions process consists of OneApp submission with Lake Forest selected as a choice, submission of supplemental admissions form with supporting documentation, eligibility assessment, and orientation. All applicants will receive a score eligibility notification via email after they have taken the eligibility assessment. Applicants must score a minimum of 11 combined points on the Kindergarten & 1st grade assessment or 14 combined points on the 2nd – 8th grade assessment to proceed to Phase II. 

Phase II of the admissions process will begin once applicants have achieved the minimum combined score on the eligibility assessment. In Phase II, the GPA, attendance, orientation, questionnaire and total matrix score are calculated. Total matrix scores will be emailed to families. 

Admission Process

Sibling Rule

For Kindergarten applicants only, qualified siblings of current students who will be enrolled in Lake Forest Charter in the 2022-2023 school year will be admitted before other applicants. 

Two-tiered selection process for grades K – 8

First Tier – Qualified applicants are ranked by their total matrix score, and 75% of available openings at each grade level will be filled by students with the highest matrix score. If a lottery is required due to students having the same score, the parent/guardian will be notified. 

Second Tier – The remaining 25% of the available openings at each grade level will be filled through a lottery drawing of all qualified applicants. Qualified students not accepted for admission at the time of the lottery will be placed on a waiting list. 

Beginning with the admissions process for the 2022-2023 school year, all lottery, acceptance, and waiting list information will be communicated with families directly through the Enroll NOLA office. 

Completed supplemental admissions forms must include submission of the following documents to be processed: 

  • Student’s Birth Certificate
  • Copy of FINAL 2020-21 report card for students applying for 3rd – 8th grade
  • Copy of 1st quarter report card for students applying for 2nd – 8th grade
  • Spring 2021 standardized test scores for students applying for 5th – 8th grade
  • Portfolio for students applying to 1st – Kdg grade
    • Self-Portrait (applicants should draw himself/herself – do not submit photo)
    • Artwork Sample
    • Handwriting Sample

Lottery, Placement Offers, and Waiting Lists

All information regarding lotteries, placement offers, and waiting lists will be communicated directly from the EnrollNOLA office. 

Late Applications:

Late applications are processed by grade level only if there are open seats and no qualified applicants on the waiting list for that grade. Applications will not re-open unless Lake Forest is processing late applications. 

Enrollment:

Lake Forest is an Orleans Parish public school. If your child is offered a spot for enrollment, your child must be a legal resident of Orleans Parish to register at Lake Forest. Students must maintain and provide documented proof of residency throughout their tenure at LFC. 

Appeals:

Lake Forest does not accept appeals for assessment results, admissions decisions, or deadlines. The results of the admissions process are final. If you feel that your child experienced an assessment irregularity, you may send in an appeal regarding the assessment irregularity only. The appeal must be submitted by email to admissions@lakeforestcharter.org within 24 hours after the assessment administration. Appeals received after this window will not be processed.

 

 

Lake Forest Charter Admissions Calendar

All documents required for a complete admission application must be submitted by January 28, 2022. Documents not uploaded with the supplemental admissions form must be received by Lake Forest by that deadline. Documents should be emailed to admissions@lakeforestcharter.org

Completed supplemental admissions forms must include submission of the following documents to be processed: 

  • Student’s Birth Certificate
  • Copy of FINAL 2020-21 report card for students applying for 3rd – 8th grade
  • Copy of 1st quarter report card for students applying for 2nd – 8th grade
  • Spring 2021 standardized test scores for students applying for 5th – 8th grade
  • Portfolio for students applying to 1st – Kdg grade
    • Self-Portrait (applicants should draw himself/herself – do not submit photo)
    • Artwork Sample
    • Handwriting Sample

 

OneApp available online: November 1, 2021

Supplemental applications available online: November 1, 2021

Supplemental applications accepted: November 1 – January 21

Supplemental application deadline: January 21, 2022 11:59 p.m.

Supplemental document submission deadline: January 28, 2022 11:59 p.m.

 

Lake Forest Charter School is a student-centered, rigorous, accelerated, public, charter school serving over 600 Orleans Parish students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Since its inception in 2006, Lake Forest has maintained its A+ rating by the Louisiana Department of Education and has become the highest performing K-8 school in the State of Louisiana. Lake Forest Charter is also a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School.  At LFC, we deliver on the promise of

A Strong Academic Foundation for Life.

 

We look forward to working with you and your family soon

The Admissions Team