Serving all of Louisiana

FAQ’s

Q: Is the Lycée a public or private school?

A: The Lycée is a type-2 public charter school serving all of Louisiana. Grades kindergarten and up are tuition-free. Our Pre-K4 program offers tuition-free and tuition-based seats.

Q: Where are you located?

A: We have a few campuses. For the 2017-2018 school year, our locations are as follows:

  • Patton Campus for Pre-K4 through Second Grade, 5951 Patton St., New Orleans, LA 70115
  • Johnson Campus for Third through Seventh Grade, 1800 Monroe St., New Orleans, LA 70118

Lastly, we bought a school! Click here to learn more about our future campus.

Q: Is there tuition?

A: Kindergarten and up are tuition-free. For Pre-K4, we have tuition-free spots available to families who qualify for our LA 4 program. Otherwise, annual tuition for Pre-K4 is $4,975.00 (2017-2018 school year).

Q: How do I know if I qualify for tuition-free Pre-K4?

A: Our tuition-free Pre-K4 program is made possible by the state’s LA 4 program. Families that qualify for federal free or reduced lunch guidelines are eligible to apply. Families applying to Lycée’s Pre-K4 program must have their application eligibility verified by OneApp. Please see www.lfno.org/oneapp for more information.

Q: Does my child need to speak French in order to attend Lycée?

A: No and yes. Lycée does not require French proficiency for students entering Pre-K4 or kindergarten. For entry into first grade and up, applicants are required to pass a French language proficiency exam.

Q: Do parents need to speak French in order for their children to succeed?

A: No. In fact, over 95% of our parents do not speak French, and their students excel. If parents are interested in learning French, we have community partnerships that facilitate accessible language classes.

Q: Are there any requirements in order to apply?

A: We strongly encourage parents to do one of the following, but it is not required.

  1. Attend an Open House
  2. Tour the school
  3. Speak with the Admissions Department

Applicants for first grade and up are required to take a French language proficiency entrance exam.

Q: How about age requirements?

A: Pre-K4 students must be 4 years old by September 30 of the school year, kindergarten students must be 5 years old by September 30 of the school year, and so on.

Q: How do I apply?

A: The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans participates in OneApp. For more information about OneApp, please visit www.enrollnola.org or www.lfno.org/oneapp. Application details for the 2017-2018 school year is over, and application details for the 2018-2019 will be posted on www.lfno.org/oneapp and will be updated as information becomes available.

Q: What deadlines do I need to know about?

A: Great question! All deadlines are posted here.

OneApp’s Main Round generally launches in November. The Early Window deadline is in December, and the Standard Window deadline is in February. Notifications are released in April.

If you missed OneApp’s Main Round, note that Round Two generally launches in mid/late April. Applications to first grade and up are due in early May. Applications to Pre-K4 and Kindergarten must be submitted in late May, and all French language proficiency exams (for entry to first grade and up) must be completed by then. Finally, results become available in late June.

Q: What is the Early Window, and does it apply to me?

A: Students interested in applying to a school with entrance requirements must participate by the Early Window deadline. Therefore, students applying to first grade and up will need to participate in OneApp’s Early Window and contact Lycée Français to schedule a French language proficiency exam. At Lycée, the French language proficiency exam must be completed by the final OneApp deadline.

Q: How big is the school?

A: For the 2014-2015 school year, Lycée served roughly 466 students. For the 2015-2016 school year, the school served about 630 students. We served over 720 students for the 2016-2017 school year. Currently, we serve about 828 students for the 2017-2018 school year.

Q: Is special consideration given to siblings during the application process?

A: Yes. Lycée Français understands how it important it can be for families to learn under one roof. Complete details can be found at www.lfno.org/eligibility_priority.

Q: What is your average class size?

A: Class size varies per grade, but maximum capacity is 25 students per class. Pre-K4 classes, on the other hand, consist of 20 students per class.

Q: What does "at-risk" mean?

A: As per Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Bulletin 126, a student is determined to be “At-Risk” if (s)he meets any one of the following criteria:

i. is eligible to participate in the federal free or reduced lunch program by demonstrating that he meets the income requirements established for participation in the program, not necessarily by participating in the program;

ii. is under the age of 20 and has been withdrawn from school prior to graduation for not less than one semester;

iii. is under the age of 20 and has failed to achieve the required score on any portion of the examination required for high school graduation;

iv. is in the eighth grade or below and is reading two or more grade levels below grade level as determined by one or more of the tests required pursuant to R.S. 17:24.4;

v. has been identified as an exceptional child as defined in R.S. 17:1943, not including gifted and talented; or

vi. is the mother or father of a child.

Updated September 7, 2016.