Two new charters are being added to Jefferson's public school portfolio. The Jefferson Parish School Board approved the applications for Laureate Academy and Jefferson RISE Charter School at its meeting Wednesday (Sept. 3).
The schools, which are products of a $500,000 partnership between state and system officials and national charter incubator Building Excellent Schools, will open in the 2015-16 school year with one or two grades. Laureate will eventually serve kindergarten through eighth graders, and Jefferson RISE will serve sixth through twelfth graders.
The approval means that in 2015, Jefferson will have six charter schools. The International School of Louisiana in Metairie and Young Audiences Charter School in Gretna already educate a portion of the system's students, as does Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy and the Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy on the east and west banks.