Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy is an equal opportunity educational provider. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation and/or age in educational programs or activities that it operates.

application period

The application period for the 2020-21 school year will open on November 1, 2019 and end at 10:00 am on February 14, 2020. 

Who is Eligible

All Jefferson Parish residents are eligible to apply. Discovery is an open-enrollment school and does not test students to gain admission. 

How to Apply 

Our application is online. There is no paper application. All supporting documents must be submitted through the application website. 

Link to Online Application


The online application process allows parents to save and finish the application later if needed. All required documents must be submitted online with the application. We encourage applicants to apply early so if there is a document missing we can notify the parent. Applications with missing required documents will not be eligible for the admissions lottery. No pupil shall be admitted during the application period. 

  • Birth certificate
  • Immunization record
  • Most recent report card or annual test scores (to verify grade placement)
  • 3 proofs of residency - all proofs of residency must be in the parent/guardian name and the same address as the student.

Free and Reduced Lunch FAQ's

Free and Reduced Lunch application instructions


Louisiana state statutes require all Type 1 charter schools to enroll a certain percentage of economically disadvantaged students. Therefore, economically disadvantaged students have a preference in our lottery. If your student is classified as economically disadvantaged you will need to provide supporting documents with your student's application.

If assistance is needed to complete the online application, please email admissions2020-21@discoveryhsf.org

Lottery & Wait list

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of seats available for any grade level, a computer generated, random lottery will be run in order to determine who is offered a seat at the school. Since Discovery is a high demand school with a 96 percent student retention rate, we expect to conduct a lottery for all grade levels with open seats. 

Applicants applying to grades with zero open seats will be entered in the lottery to determine the number on the wait list. The wait list remains active until January 31, 2021.

All applications submitted within the application period will have an equal opportunity for admission, regardless of whether they are submitted on the first day or the last day of the application period. 

Applications submitted for the 2019-20 school year will not be valid, roll over, or processed in the 2020-21 lottery. A new application must be submitted during the application period in order to be considered for a 2020-21 seat. 


Faculty students and siblings of current students have preferential placement for open seats. Our geographic area is the city of Kenner; students living in Kenner will have preferential admissions for a percentage of available seats. Economically disadvantaged students have preferential admissions for a percentage of available seats. 

All preferences shall be considered in the following order:

  1. Applicant child of a school employee.
  2. Applicant sibling of a currently attending student.
  3. Applicant who are residents of Kenner and considered Economically Disadvantaged.
  4. Applicant who are residents of Jefferson Parish and considered Economically Disadvantaged. 
  5. Applicants who are residents of Kenner.
  6. Applicants who are residents of Jefferson Parish.

Siblings who are applying for the first time will receive preference only after one of the siblings has been enrolled.


When: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Time: 3:00 pm
Where: Vineyard Church, 4340 Sal Lentini Pkwy, Kenner, LA 70065

The lottery is open to the public, but your presence is not required in order to secure a seat. All applicants will be notified by email of their enrollment status or number on the wait list following the lottery. 

Lottery Rules and Procedures Rules

  1. Lottery refers to the selection of applicant names by a random method in a computer generated process.
  2. A lottery shall be conducted by the school to include all grades in which the number of applicants exceeds the number of expected seats available.
  3. If the number of applicants is less than the number of seats anticipated to be available, seats will be awarded and no lottery shall be conducted for that grade.
  4. All applicants (students not already attending school, including siblings of those already attending) participate in the lottery.
  5. Only completed applications received prior to the end of the application deadline are eligible to participate in the lottery.
  6. All applicants offered a seat shall be required to confirm their enrollment status within the designated time.
  7. All preference categories shall be published prior to the lottery being conducted.
  8. All applicants entitled to receive a lottery preference shall be identified PRIOR to the lottery.
  9. Preference status applicants are entitled to a percentage of open seats ahead of applicants without a preference status.

JPPSS Placement Test

According to the district, 5th through 9th grade students who enter a Jefferson Parish Public School from a non-public school/setting will need to take a summer Placement Test in English Language Arts and Math before being admitted. Details on the placement test will be issued by the district. Test results may impact grade level placement, but not enrollment.