The Admissions Process

Determine your Child’s Eligibility

To apply to the 2020-21 school year, your child must be at least four years of age (for Pre-K Lottery) or five years of age (for Kindergarten Lottery) on or by September 1, 2020 for Texas families. For Louisiana families, students must be five years of age (for Kindergarten Lottery) on or by September 30, 2020.

Complete Application

Texas and Baton Rouge families may apply to multiple IDEA schools. To be included in Lottery, applications must be submitted online, by phone, or at a campus by 11:59 p.m., Feb. 14, 2020. After Lottery, we enroll students on an ongoing basis, as seats are available. New Orleans families may apply by visiting Enroll NOLA and choosing IDEA Public Schools.

Online   Phone: 888-490-0393  


IDEA Public Schools’ scholars are admitted by Lottery to ensure equal access for all applicants. IDEA’s Lottery for Texas and Baton Rouge schools will be held online February 15, 2020. Families will be notified of the outcome via email and/or phone. Find more information about our Lottery here.

For more information on the Lottery process for our New Orleans schools, visit Enroll NOLA lottery here.

Enrollment & Waitlist

If accepted, students must accept their offer online and attend registration events to officially enroll at IDEA. If students are not granted a seat, they will be placed on a waitlist for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. Find more information about our enrollment and waitlist here.

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