Apply online during the application window. The application is available starting November 1st through February 4th at NOON (must be submitted by 11:59 a.m.). 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. 

Step-by-Step How to Apply Tutorial


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, 2023. 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. 


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

  • 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. 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

Requested Student Documents

  • Free and Reduced Lunch form

  • Economically Disadvantaged status documents (if applicable)

  • Current IEP if applicable

  • Current IAP/504 plan if applicable


An “Economically Disadvantaged” student is any student who meets one or more of the following criteria:


Eligible for Louisiana’s food assistance program

Eligible for free/reduced price school meals

Eligible for Louisiana’s healthcare program

Receive Supplemental Social Security Income

Eligible for Louisiana's disaster food assistance program

Is an English Language Learner

Is identified as homeless or migrant

Is incarcerated with the office of juvenile justice or in an adult facility

Has been placed into the custody of the state

Documentation to Apply (upload with application)

Copy of SNAP/WIC Card

Complete the Free/Reduced Lunch form

Copy of Medicaid card/letter

Copy of Social Security Benefit Letter


  • Siblings of current KDHSA students have sibling preference only at KDHSA.

  • Siblings of current DJOD students have sibling preference only at DJOD.

  • Siblings of current DJOD or KDHSA students who are applying to KDHSA high school (9-12) have sibling preference at KDHSA high school.

  • Siblings must have the same biological parents or legal guardians AND reside at the same address as each other.