Willow Charter Academy will hold a lottery to select new students to fill open spots in the charter school at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school’s campus, 1818 Evangeline Thruway.
Seats are still available and parents can continue to apply at willowcharteracademy.org.
The school started in August with kindergarten through fifth grade and will add a sixth grade in the coming school year. An additional grade will be added in the two subsequent years to make Willow Charter a K-8 school.
The school is managed by National Heritage Academies, a Michigan-based charter school management company. The company’s plans to open another charter school in August in Broussard were postponed earlier this year due to a change in policy by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The policy change occurred because of the performance of the company’s existing school in Baton Rouge.
The policy revision relates to the preopening procedures of charter schools, including a requirement that a charter operator’s existing schools must have a letter grade of C or higher based on Louisiana Department of Education accountability standards. School performance scores are available for only one NHA school, Inspire Charter Academy, which had a D performance score for the 2013-14 school year.
In addition to Willow Charter, NHA also opened a new charter school in Baker in August. Both schools are overseen by a board of directors that includes representatives from the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas.
The school’s board, Louisiana Achievement Charter Academies, received approval from BESE in 2013 to open Advantage Charter in Baker, Willow Charter in the 2014-15 school year and to open Broussard Charter in the 2015-16 school year. Construction of Broussard Charter Academy is underway near the intersection of La. 89 and Ambassador Caffery Parkway.
NHA officials have said that they’re working with the state to ensure a 2016 opening for Broussard Charter.