ADMISSIONS PROCESS

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

Kenner Discovery (KDHSA) and Dr. John Ochsner Discovery (DJOD): The 2024-25 Application Window closed on February 2, 2024, at Noon. If you missed the open application window and want to add a student to the 2024-25 school year waiting list for Kenner Discovery and/or Dr. John Ochsner Discovery, complete the 2024-25 Kenner Discovery & Dr. John Ochsner Discovery Waitlist Addition Form.  Please note student(s) are added to the bottom of the 2024-25 school year waitlist ONLY after all applicants who do not receive a seat in the lottery in March 2023. 

The application period for the 2024-25 school year will open on October 10 , 2023, and close on February 2, 2024, at NOON (applications must be SUBMITTED by 11:59 a.m.)

Note:

  • Anyone on the wait list from the previous application period must re-apply.

  • The wait list does not carry over from year to year.

  • Current students do not need to re-apply.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

All Jefferson Parish residents are eligible to apply.

Kenner Discovery will accept applications for students entering grades Kindergarten through 12th.

The PreK 4 application is separate. All Jefferson Parish residents are eligible to apply for this tuition-based program. However, preference will be given to students who have a parent who is a Discovery faculty member in good standing, siblings of current (23-24 school year) Kenner Discovery students, and residents of Kenner.

NO ADMISSIONS TEST 

Kenner Discovery is an open-enrollment school and does not test students to gain admission.

HOW TO APPLY 

The application is online. The online application allows parents to save and finish the application later if needed. All supporting documents must be submitted online with the application. We encourage applicants to apply early so if there is a document missing the admissions team 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. 

Link to Online Application

DOCUMENTS

We suggest gathering the following documents before you start your online application.

Tips for attaching documents to your child's application:

If you do not have access to a scanner to scan documents, you can use your smartphone or tablet.

  1. Place the document on a solid background for good contrast

  2. Find good lighting, avoid shadows across the document

  3. Hold your smartphone or tablet flat, keep it as square to the document as possible

  4. Make sure the image is not blurry and the information is legible

If you are completing the application from your mobile phone, you can attach the document directly from your phone. If you are using a desktop you will need to email the images of your documents to your personal email account. Then save them to the desktop computer you are using to submit your application. 

Required Student Documents

Requested Student Documents

  • Birth certificate

  • Most recent report card (1st - 12th) or annual test scores (to verify grade placement)

  • Two (2) proofs of residency - all proofs of residency must be in the parent/guardian name and the same address as the student. Accepted proofs of residency: Cable/internet bill, Driver’s License or LA State ID card, Telephone Bill, Payroll stub with home address, Property Tax Bill, Electricity or Gas Bill, Sewerage/Water Bill, Current Lease

  • Economically Disadvantaged status documents (if applicable) 

  • Current IEP if applicable 

  • Current IAP/504 plan if applicable 

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, 2024. 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 2023-24 school year will not be valid, rolled over, or processed in the 2023-24 lottery. A new application must be submitted during the application period in order to be considered for a 2024-25 seat.

The 2024-25 school year lottery takes place in March 2024, and details will be communicated to families closer to the lottery dates.

LOTTERY PREFERENCES (K-12th Grade)

Faculty students, siblings of current students and legacy students have preferential placement for open seats. Siblings who are applying for the first time will receive preference only after one of the siblings has attended for one year. 

Our geographic preference area is the city of Kenner; students living in Kenner will have preferential admissions for a percentage of available seats. 

Louisiana state statutes require all Type 1 charter schools to enroll a certain percentage of economically disadvantaged students. If your student is classified as economically disadvantaged you will need to provide supporting documents with your student's application and upon admission if awarded a seat. The section with Economically Disadvantaged will ONLY be considered if the school has less than the specified percentage of ED students and is NOT a lottery preference for the 2024-25 school year.

All preferences shall be considered in the following order:

  1. Children of Discovery faculty

  2. Siblings of current KDHSA students, siblings of current DJOD students who are applying to grades 9-12 and legacy students of KDHSA graduates. Siblings must have the same biological parent(s) or legal guardian(s) by court-ordered foster or adoption AND reside at the same address as each other. Legacy students must have a sibling or biological parent(s) or legal guardian(s) by court-ordered foster or adoption who is a graduate of Kenner Discovery High School. Provisional Custody by Mandate does not qualify a student for this preference.

  3. Applicants who are residents of Kenner.

  4. Applicants who are residents of Jefferson Parish.

LOTTERY RULES AND PROCEDURES

  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.