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New Orleans is home to a wide variety of vibrant neighborhoods and diverse cultures. The thread that binds us together is the communal love of this city and the people that make it special.

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In New Orleans, each school has its own unique story and character, but there is always a commitment to make sure each student in our great city gets an excellent education.

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New Orleans Teachers:


  • See an average salary of $47,000 with 3 years of experience.
  • Have an average of 56 days of summer vacation, plus holiday and Mardi Gras breaks throughout the year.
  • Enjoy discounts across the city at restaurants, fitness centers, and tickets to shows and events.


All New Orleans public schools offer health insurance and a variety of retirement packages, including the Teacher Retirement System of Louisiana and 403(b) plans.

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48,000 students

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New Orleans is celebration.

Living here means having incredible food at your fingertips, live music any night of the week, and some of the most famous festivals in the U.S. in your backyard.

New Orleans is one of a kind.

We get to know our neighbors and believe our communities are the center of the unique traditions that make living here special.

New Orleans is home.

This is a city with a soul, and there’s no better time to make an impact.

New Orleans is the best of both worlds.

We have all the benefits of a big city, with the ease and character of a small town.

  • 2002-03

    63,000 students attend public schools in New Orleans. The New Orleans public school system ranks second lowest in Louisiana, with the majority of schools considered to be failing.

  • 2003

    The Recovery School District (RSD), an arm of the Louisiana Department of Education, is created to take over and turn around chronically failing schools statewide.

  • Summer 2005

    By the beginning of the 2005-06 school year, five failing schools in New Orleans have been transferred to the RSD and transformed into charter schools.

  • August 29, 2005

    Hurricane Katrina strikes at the very start of the 2005-06 school year. The subsequent failure of the levee system causes flooding to 80% of New Orleans, killing over 1,000 people and damaging at least 45 public school buildings.

  • Fall 2005

    107 low-performing New Orleans schools are transferred to the RSD, leaving the city’s 10 highest-performing schools with Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB), the local school district.

  • 2006-07

    A shortage of high-quality charter operators results in the RSD opening and directly operating 17 schools, in addition to overseeing 17 charter schools. Due to the gradual opening of schools, families are allowed to enroll their student in any school city-wide.

    25,000 students return to New Orleans public schools for the new school year, with 54% attending charter schools.

  • 2008

    The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approves a plan to rebuild damaged public schools in the city, funded by FEMA disaster recovery dollars.

  • 2010

    FEMA, RSD, and OPSB negotiate a historic lump sum settlement of $1.8 billion to repair and rebuild New Orleans public school facilities.

  • 2010-11

    39,000 students attend New Orleans public schools, with 70% enrolled in charter schools.

  • 2011

    The RSD creates OneApp, a citywide unified enrollment process that allows families to choose and enroll in schools across the city according to their preferences.

  • 2012-13

    41,000 students attend New Orleans public schools, with 83% enrolled in charter schools.

  • 2014-15

    44,000 students attend New Orleans public schools, with 92% enrolled in charter schools.

  • 2016

    The RSD and OPSB collaborate to develop legislation providing for the unification of public schools under OPSB oversight by 2018.

  • 2017

    New Orleans public schools have a graduation rate of 73% – up from 54% in 2004 – and rank 18th in the state for college enrollment rates.

  • 2018-19

    All RSD schools in New Orleans return to the oversight of the Orleans Parish School Board on July 1st.

    Almost 50,000 students attend New Orleans public schools, with 98% enrolled in charter schools.

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