Insights and Trends in Student Enrollment

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

Posted May 1, 2015

Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE)


  • In an effort to simplify the school choice process and increase participation, cities across the country are adopting unified enrollment systems that allow families to fill out one application to apply to multiple public schools within the city.
  • Denver, CO and New Orleans, LA were the first cities to launch common enrollment systems to address some of the many problems parents face with school choice, such as inadequate quality school information and unfair and complicated enrollment processes.
  • Although overall successful, both cities faced shortcomings when analyzing differences in participation rates. Data shows that both minority parents and low-income parents participated at a lower rate.

Click here to read the whole CRPE article.

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