Open Enrollment Policies: State Profile

Open Enrollment Policies: State Profile - Louisiana

Last updated: October 2017

Open-enrollment policies allow a student to transfer to a public school of his or her choice. There are two basic types of open-enrollment policies.

  • Intradistrict: students transfer to another school within their resident school district.
  • Interdistrict: students transfer a school outside of their resident district.

Depending on the state, open-enrollment policies are mandatory, voluntary, or both. 

  • Mandatory policies require districts to participate in the program.
  • Voluntary policies allow districts to choose whether to participate in open enrollment, often allowing school districts the discretion to enter into transfer agreements with other districts.
  • States with both mandatory and voluntary policies usually require mandatory open enrollment in low-performing schools or districts, in defined regions of the state or in other specific circumstances while allowing voluntary open enrollment in the rest of the state.

View the full open enrollment database here.  Please contact Micah Ann Wixom (303.299.3673 or with questions or comments.

Open Enrollment Survey 2017
Does the state have open enrollment programs? Yes, voluntary interdistrict; mandatory intradistrict and interdistrict in some circumstances; mandatory intradistrict and interdistrict for low-performing schools and schools in the Recovery School District.

Voluntary: School boards may enter into an agreement to allow students to transfer to a school in a neighboring parish.

  • When the transportation time to a student's assigned school is longer than a prescribed amount, the student must be allowed to attend a closer school in another district.
  • Students attending schools identified as persistently dangerous must be allowed to transfer to another school in the district.
  • For schools designated as academically unacceptable, districts must develop a school choice policy, including transfer options.
  • Any school transferred in or out of the Recovery School District must maintain open enrollment policies.

Citations: La. Rev. Stat. § 17:10.7, § 17:105, § 17:105.1 28 La. Admin. Code Pt. LXXXIII, 2501 through 2505, 1603(B); 28 La. Admin. Code Pt CXLV, 502; 28 La. Admin. Code Pt. CXV, 343 and 1303

Do desegregation provisions impact open enrollment programs? Mandatory, academically unacceptable schools: School districts under a desegregation plan are "not exempt from offering students the option to transfer" but must first review the plan and possibly seek court approval for transfers.

Citations: 28 La. Admin. Code Pt. XI, 2505

Does the state set priorities for districts to follow when accepting students for open enrollment? Not addressed.
Who is responsible for student transportation? The receiving district is responsible for transportation when a student transfers to a school closer to the student's residence than the student's assigned school. When a student transfers from a low-performing school, the sending district must provide transportation.

Citations: La. Rev. Stat. § 17:105.1 28 La. Admin. Code Pt. XI, 2503

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