Admissions

The Willow Supplemental Admissions Form for the 2024-2025 school year is now closed.

Families will be able to apply (or reapply) for grades with available seats or a short waitlist after Main Round. Information about the spring round of admissions for the 2024-2025 school year will be available in late March.

If you would like to be notified when more information becomes available about the spring round, please fill out this form.

Getting Started on the Road to The Willow School

Thank you for your interest in The Willow School! We are looking forward to meeting your family through the admissions process for the 2024-2025 school year. If you have any questions, please reach out to our admissions team.

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Understanding the Main Round Application Process

All public schools in New Orleans, including Willow School, participate in the NOLA-PS Common Application Process (NCAP). Our school, along with four other public schools in Orleans Parish, has academic admissions criteria that require a supplemental application and an admissions exam. This process is essential to evaluate the readiness of applicants for our rigorous program and is reflected in a matrix score.

For the 2024-2025 Main Round, all applicants must:

  • Complete the Willow Supplemental Admissions Form (SAF) by January 26.

  • Complete the NOLA-PS application by January 26.

  • Take an eligibility assessment in person at The Willow School.

  • Complete the Arts Interest Portfolio.

  • Submit supporting documentation based on the applicant’s grade level.

Supporting documentation can be submitted through the SAF, or turned in via email or in person after the SAF has been submitted. Documents can be scanned and uploaded through the Supplemental Application Form (SAF), emailed to the admissions team, or submitted in person to the admissions office at the middle school campus (5625 Loyola Avenue) between 8:30am and 4:00 pm or by appointment.

Spring Application Process

Families will be able to apply (or reapply) for grades with available seats or a short waitlist after Main Round. Information about the next round of admissions for the 2024-2025 school year will be available in late March.

Just like in the Main Round, applicants complete an application (or reactivate their previously submitted Main Round application), complete the assessment, and submit supporting documentation (report card or parent questionnaire and Arts Interest Profile). Learn more about the application components and eligibility calculations on the matrix page.

Understanding Matrix Calculations

The Willow School has a rigorous academic program, with accompanying higher expectations. Acceptance to The Willow School is determined by the applicant’s total matrix score, which is calculated as described below.

The matrix score is a sum of points from Math Assessment (all grades) + Reading Assessment (all grades) + Arts Interest Form completion (all grades) + Curriculum Meeting/Questionnaire (K-1 only) OR GPA (grades 2-12 only).

Learn more about the matrix calculations on the matrix page.

Family Support

If you need help with any parts of the admissions process, or have questions, please reach out to our admissions team. We are looking forward to getting to know your child through the application process.

For Grades K - 4: Email LowerAdmissions@willowschoolnola.org or call 504-324-7318

For Grades 5-12: Email UpperAdmissions@willowschoolnola.org or call 504-304-3961

In person support and computer assistance is available by appointment. Please contact the admissions office by email or phone to schedule a time to visit our admissions office at the middle school campus (5625 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115).

Why Willow?

The Willow School's renowned academic program engages students and challenges them to think critically, analytically, and creatively. A National Blue Ribbon School, The Willow School has mastered the art of balancing a rigorous academic program, with accompanying higher expectations, and student well-being.

Our unique curriculum is founded on the concept of arts integration. The school believes strongly in the power of combining critical thinking skills and creativity to prepare its students for a successful academic future and to help them develop and grow into adulthood.

An Orleans Parish public school, The Willow School maintains an "A" rating with the Louisiana Department of Education and serves more than 2,000 students on three campuses.

The Willow School does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s race, color, ethnic group, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic.