Apply Today: IDEA Oscar Dunn New Orleans Student Application is Live!

The application window to apply to IDEA Oscar Dunn in New Orleans for the 2020-2021 school year is now open!   

IDEA is a family of tuition-free public charter schools committed to seeing each child to and through college. We achieve our record of 100% college acceptance through a focus on personalized learning, core subjects, critical thinking and college preparedness. IDEA’s expert teachers partner with students and families every step of the way to ensure students are prepared for success in college and life. Our approach is different – and it works!    

Apply today via OneApp

Applying is easy and takes just a few minutes. Applications for IDEA Oscar Dunn in News Orleans are now open via EnrollNOLAEnrollNOLA administers OneApp, the unified application process for all schools in the city of New Orleans, which offers students the opportunity to apply to all participating schools with one application.  

 Parents may submit applications from November 22 through January 31. Families will be notified of selection and invited to attend a “Welcome to IDEA” event where we celebrate your start at IDEA and orient you to IDEA’s culture, curriculum and expectations. You will also attend testing and registration events to officially enroll at IDEA.

Students who are not randomly selected to attend IDEA Oscar Dunn will be placed on a waitlist, and the order of the waitlist will be randomly determined. The applications of students on the waitlist will remain on file for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.  

If a spot becomes available, students will be selected from the waitlist, and parents will be notified of their selection and informed of next steps.  

 Frequently Asked Questions  

What makes IDEA unique?  

  • IDEA believes there are no limitations on a child’s ability to succeed in college and life. We know that every child is capable of success in college, career and life and we go the extra mile to help them succeed.  
  • IDEA helps children blossom into tomorrow’s leaders, critical thinkers, and change-makers by focusing on the whole child. Our students are given the tools to succeed personally and academically and 100% of them graduate from high school and go to college.  

Does IDEA offer extracurricular opportunities for students?  

  • IDEA students are introduced to a robust assortment of extracurricular activities. IDEA athletic programs include basketball, baseball, cross country, cheerleading, flag football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and track and field, among others. IDEA students continue to excel in extracurricular opportunities, with state championships in track and field (IDEA Quest and IDEA Allan), flag football (IDEA Donna), soccer (IDEA McAllen), and baseball (IDEA South Flores).  
  • In addition to a thriving sports scene, IDEA also offers a variety of clubs, which span many student interests – art, chess, cooking, dance, community service, farm and garden, languages, music, photography, politics, yearbooks, and much more.  

 Why does IDEA offer only certain grade levels when opening a campus?  

  • IDEA typically opens grades K-2 and 6 at a new campus, and gradually increases grade levels offered year-by-year. The rationale is to build a student body over time that grows in conjunction with the campus itself.   

 Does IDEA require students to take an entrance exam or placement tests to be considered for the lottery?  

  • Prospective students are not required to take an entrance exam. IDEA’s admission process includes an application and random lottery selection.   


Ready to apply? Give your child the gift of a high-quality education that will prepare them for success in college and in life. Visit the OneApp Enrollment Portal to apply today!

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