Questions About Kenilworth Academy

What are charter schools?

Charter schools are nonsectarian public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. Charter schools, like other public schools, are secular in nature and do not teach religion. The "charter" establishing each school is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment and ways to measure success.

A charter school is independently operated so that it can design its own educational program, hire its own teachers and staff and manage its own budget. The basic concept of charter schools is that the school exercises increased autonomy in return for accountability to its founders, parents, public and grantors.

What is the difference between charter schools and other public schools?

Charter schools are public schools of choice, meaning that families choose them for their children. They operate with freedom from some of the administrative regulations imposed upon traditional public schools. Charter schools are accountable for the same academic results as traditional public schools and for upholding the promises made in their charters. They must demonstrate performance in the areas of academic achievement, financial management and organizational stability. If a charter school does not meet performance goals, it may be closed.

How are charter schools funded?

As public schools, charter schools are tuition-free. They are funded according to enrollment levels and receive public funds on a per pupil basis. In some states, such as Alaska, Colorado, Minnesota and New Jersey, they receive less than 100% of the funds allocated to their traditional counterparts for school operations. In other states, such as California, additional funds or loans are made available to them. In most states, charters do not receive capital funds to support facility expenses. Charter schools are entitled to federal categorical funding for which their students are eligible, such as Title I and Special Education monies. Federal legislation provides grants to help charters to manage start-up costs.

What makes Kenilworth different from other schools?

Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School focuses on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, studies. Kenilworth has very high expectations for students in academics and behavior. Our faculty and staff are dedicated and hard-working. They function as a team and are committed to ensuring that students succeed. Kenilworth also maintains a student-teacher ratio of no more than 25:1. The results of these policies is that Kenilworth students have achieved consistent academic growth since the school’s conversion to a charter school in 2009.

How can I enroll my child at Kenilworth?

Kenilworth is an open-enrollment public school and open to all students eligible for enrollment as provided by law. We do NOT discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, and special need, proficiency in the English language or in a foreign language, or academic achievement in admitting students.

If you would like to enroll your child at Kenilworth, you should apply during application period, usually from January through March. If the number of applications exceeds the number of student slots available, students are chosen for admission in a random lottery.

Students already enrolled are provided with an automatic right to continued admission regardless of their performance, his or her advancement to a higher grade, or any other condition.

When a student leaves Kenilworth and is interested in returning to our school, an admissions application must be completed, and that student must follow the same lottery process as other new applicants.

If Kenilworth has a waiting list and is not accepting applications, the parent is welcome to apply for the following school year when applications are available. Please remember that an admissions application must be completed and returned before the deadline in order to participate in the lottery.

Is there a school uniform policy?

Yes, a uniform list is provided to parents and students prior to the beginning of each school year.

Does Kenilworth provide free transportation?

Kenilworth provides free transportation to all families residing in East Baton Rouge Parish. If you are residing outside of parish limits, we do our best to arrange a convenient pick up point for you child.

Does Kenilworth provide Free and Reduced  Lunch?

Kenilworth participates in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that provides free, nutritious school meals to all students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. All enrolled students are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to families each day.