Common Enrollment, Parents, and School Choice: Early Evidence from Denver and New Orleans

Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE)

By Bethany Gross, Michael DeArmond, and Patrick Denice

May 1, 2015


“We found evidence that a lot of the confusion and inequities have been eliminated thanks to the centralized application and choice system.”


Common enrollment — a system of centralized applications and school choice — is intended to cut the burden on families and level the educational playing field for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Does it work? This research brief takes a look at Denver and New Orleans, two very different cities that recently implemented common enrollment citywide.

Read the report.