The Louisiana Department of Education released school performance scores Tuesday.

This is the final year of curved grades, which guaranteed the same distribution of A and F schools over the last four years. The curve was introduced in 2013-14 because the state was concerned about drops in achievement after introducing more difficult standardized tests. It was initially supposed to last two school years, but was extended two more years.

Overall, schools run by the Orleans Parish School Board and the Recovery School District received a C grade, a drop from last year’s B.* That includes almost all schools in the city.

Two elementary schools, Medard H. Nelson Charter School and William J. Fischer Accelerated Academy, received an F for the third year in a row.

The grades are largely based on spring standardized test scores that were released earlier this year.

Here are scores for all schools in New Orleans. Statewide, parish-level, and individual school scores are available on the department’s website.

New Orleans school performance scores

School2017 Grade2017 Score2016 Grade2016 Score2015 Grade2015 Score
Akili Academy of New OrleansC70D62.2C67
Algiers Technology Academy*F41.9D59.7D54.5
Alice M. Harte Elementary Charter SchoolA100.6A104.3A100
Andrew H. Wilson Charter School^T70.3T68.9F39.7
Arise AcademyD45.9F43.4D47.8
Arthur Ashe Charter SchoolC79.6C77.7C73.2
Audubon Charter SchoolA108A112.2A116.9
Benjamin Franklin Elementary Mathematics and Science SchoolB90.2B95.4B91.4
Benjamin Franklin High School†A141.3A140.3A138.9
Bricolage AcademyB97.5n/an/an/an/a
Cohen College PrepC73C79B88
Crescent Leadership Academy‡F20.2F17F20.2
Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School for Sci/TechC70.2C78.6B91.6
Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary SchoolD62.4D57C71.3
Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence AcademyC73.3D64.2C76.2
Edna Karr High SchoolA104.3A106.9A111.1
Edward Hynes Charter SchoolA107.1A113.7A107.1
Einstein Charter School at Village de l’estD55.2C75.1n/an/a
Einstein Charter Middle School at Sarah Towles ReedC64n/an/an/an/a
Einstein Charter High School at Sarah Towles ReedC70.3n/an/an/an/a
Einstein Charter School at Sherwood ForestC66n/an/an/an/a
Eleanor McMain Secondary SchoolC80.9B89.2B88.9
ENCORE AcademyC63.6C77.7C70.9
Esperanza Charter SchoolC68.3B89C72.2
Fannie C. Williams Charter SchoolC64.3D57.2C66.3
G.W. Carver Collegiate AcademyD62.4D67.1C73.6
Gentilly Terrace Charter School*D54.4D58.7D52
Harriet Tubman Charter SchoolC65.2C79.9C81.4
Homer A. Plessy Community SchoolD52.6D52.4D49.1
International High School of New OrleansC77.4C81B85.6
International School of LouisianaA106.3A100.6A102.5
James M. Singleton Charter SchoolC75.4C69D47.4
Joseph A. Craig Charter SchoolD51.6D49.1D53.2
Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High SchoolD61.3D51.3D62.4
KIPP Believe College PrepC72.1C84.4C78.8
KIPP Booker T. Washington High SchoolB89.3n/an/an/an/a
KIPP Central City Academy*B87.5B93.2B85.4
KIPP Central City PrimaryC78.5C81.6C75.1
KIPP McDonogh 15 School for the Creative ArtsC72.1C76.7C79
KIPP New Orleans Leadership AcademyC70.5C73.2D64.5
KIPP Renaissance High SchoolB88.5A100B96.8
Lafayette AcademyC83.2C80.8B89.6
Lake Area New Tech Early College High SchoolD60.2C75.1C79.4
Lake Forest Elementary Charter School†A128.6A127.5A123.8
Langston Hughes Charter AcademyC70.2D63.3D59
Lawrence D. Crocker College PrepD50.6D58.6T69.2
L.B. Landry-O.P. Walker College and Career Preparatory High SchoolD50.9D58.7D61.5
Livingston Collegiate AcademyA115.9n/an/an/an/a
Lusher Charter School†A136.8A137A130.3
Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-OrléansB97.9A105.6B95
Mahalia Jackson Elementary SchoolD50C79.9C69.7
Martin Behrman Elementary SchoolC67.2C76.4C75.8
Mary Bethune Elementary Literature/TechnologyC72.2B89.5B95
Mary D. Coghill Charter SchoolD63.3C75.1C80.4
McDonogh No. 32 Elementary SchoolF40.3F44.7D54.5
McDonogh No. 35 Academy*C66.5D61.5D56.3
McDonogh No. 35 College Preparatory SchoolD69.2C76.5C70.3
McDonogh No. 42 Charter School^F31.8F45.8D62.6
Medard Nelson Elementary SchoolF41.5F45.9F41.2
Mildred Osborne Charter SchoolD49.1D54.7D50.8
Milestone Academy*F36.6D61C69.3
Morris Jeff Community SchoolC80.8C84.4B84.6
New Orleans Center for Creative ArtsA116.5A119.6A107.9
New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High SchoolB98.7B94.4B98.6
New Orleans Military/Maritime AcademyA108.8B98.8A103.2
Paul Habans Charter SchoolD60D53.6F39.8
Phillis Wheatley Community SchoolC70.4D66.9D64.8
Pierre A. Capdau Learning AcademyD59.3C73.7C71.4
ReNEW Accelerated High School‡F14.9F23F18.9
ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy at Live Oak ElementaryD58.2C72.2C74
ReNEW Dolores T. Aaron ElementaryD58.6C74.1C77.3
ReNEW McDonogh City Park Academy^F41.7D49.9D49.2
ReNEW Schaumburg ElementaryD47.1C73.1T73.6
ReNEW SciTech Academy at LaurelD56.7C 74.7B94.2
Robert Russa Moton Charter SchoolC73.6B85.9B88.4
Samuel J. Green Charter SchoolC78.5C79C73.6
Sci AcademyC76.5B 85.3B 96.3
Sophie B. Wright Charter SchoolB92.8B87.1C81
Success Preparatory AcademyD61.5C80.3D56.9
Sylvanie Williams College PrepF32.4D54.7D52.4
The NET Charter High School‡F28.6F29.8F25.7
Warren Easton Senior High SchoolA106.5A100.7A109.4
William J. Fischer Accelerated AcademyF32.9F36.2F39.6
Youth Study CenterF15.2

T: The state didn’t issue a grade that year because the school was taken over by a new charter operator. (The state doesn’t issue grades for the first two years after a takeover of a failing school.)
* School closed after 2016-17 school year
† Selective admission
‡ Alternative school
^ Changed charter group after 2015-16 school year

Einstein Charter School split into four charters after the 2015-16 school year, after opening a high school.

How grades are calculated

A school’s grade is based on its School Performance Score, but there are two grading scales.

High schools and combination schools (for instance, middle and high school):




*Correction: Last fall, the state Department of Education assigned New Orleans schools an overall performance score of 84.9 and a C letter grade. However, Success Preparatory Academy appealed its performance score, and earlier this year its score was changed from 78.9 to 80.3. That bumped the city’s overall score up to 85, which is a B. Based on the outdated information, we originally reported in this story that the city’s overall grade was a C. (Nov. 8, 2017)

Marta Jewson

Marta Jewson covers education in New Orleans for The Lens. She began her reporting career covering charter schools for The Lens and helped found the hyperlocal news site Mid-City Messenger. Jewson returned...