Frequently Asked Questions

We are adding new information to this page as it becomes available.  Thank you for your patience.   ~ The RISE Team

General Information

What is Jefferson RISE?

Jefferson RISE is a public charter school serving grades 6-12 in Jefferson Parish.

Who started Jefferson RISE?

Jefferson RISE was founded by Ms. Kathleen Sullivan, an award winning teacher and leader in urban education.  Ms. Sullivan currently serves as Jefferson RISE’s Head of School (a combination between a Principal and an Executive Director). Jefferson RISE is run and operated by Ms. Sullivan along with 7 Board members, a growing staff, and a dedicated network of RISE volunteers.

Jefferson RISE is an independent charter that values building relationships with families and getting the community involved. We are not associated with a charter management organization.

When did Jefferson RISE open?

Jefferson RISE opened last August for the 2015-2016 school year.

Where is Jefferson RISE located?

We are located on the Westbank of Jefferson Parish at 501B Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, LA. Jefferson RISE is leasing space at the Believer’s Life Family Church plaza.

Jefferson RISE Location:  501B Lapalco Blvd, Gretna, LA 70056

What does Jefferson RISE offer?

Jefferson RISE provides a safe, supportive, and successful college preparatory education.  Our mission is to prepare all scholars in grades 6-12 to succeed in four-year colleges and professional careers.  We have a longer school day and year, a structured academic environment, and individualized tutoring for all students.


A Jefferson RISE Education

Why should I consider Jefferson RISE for my child?

Jefferson RISE offers a college prep education with no tuition and no entrance exam. We have an extended day and extended school year – during that extra time, each child attends English, math, science, and social studies, enrichment classes, and targeted tutoring. Not only do we teach academic classes, but we also teach character in advisory, focusing on our values of Respect, Integrity, Self-Discipline, and Excellence. Every child will leave Jefferson RISE prepared to succeed in a four-year college and professional career.

How does Jefferson RISE prepare students for college?

Jefferson RISE maintains a strong literacy and math foundation through extended in-school learning time and individualized tutoring for every student (both advanced tutoring for students who are ahead and remediation for students who are behind).  Our students continue to experience growth in areas beyond academics as they adhere to the RISE Core Values – Respect, Integrity, Self-Discipline, and Excellence.

What grades will Jefferson RISE have next year?

Jefferson RISE will have 6th and 7th grade students for the 2016-17 school year.

Will Jefferson RISE include more grades in the future?

Yes, Jefferson RISE will continue to add one grade per year until we are a fully enrolled middle-high school.

During last year’s lottery, we enrolled roughly 120 6th grade students. Next year, our 6th graders will become 7th graders and Jefferson RISE will enroll a new 6th grade class. We will continue to grow in this way, adding one grade per year, until we have grades 6 – 12.

How long is the school day?

Arrival – Our doors open every day at 7:40 a.m.  Classes begin at 7:55 a.m.


The regular school day ends at 4:10 p.m. Monday – Thursday and at 2:15 p.m. on Fridays.

We have afterschool programming from 4:10 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday.

How long is the school year?

This page will be updated with next year’s school calendar shortly.

The current school year runs 183 days from August 4, 2015 to May 25, 2016.  The normal Jefferson Parish Public Schools calendar has 175 school days.  Jefferson RISE makes every attempt each year to schedule vacations at the same time as other Jefferson Parish Public Schools; however, Jefferson RISE does not adhere to the JPPSS calendar.

Does the school have computers for students to use?

Yes! Jefferson RISE has computers in every classroom.

What kind of transportation will be provided?

Check back soon for updated transportation maps.

Will there be any book fees, computer fees, transportation fees, etc.?

No, Jefferson RISE has no enrollment costs.

Do you have uniforms? Are there any uniform expenses?

We do have school uniforms at Jefferson RISE. Each child will receive two free uniform polo shirts and one free uniform gym shirt once enrolled. Interested families may purchase additional shirts from the school.  Families are responsible for buying pants and shoes in compliance with RISE’s uniform policy.

What afterschool programs are available?

We have continued to grow our list of afterschool partners throughout our first year.  We are currently building a more comprehensive program list to publish for interested families.  If you have any specific program questions, please email

What kinds of extracurricular and enrichment classes are offered?

Friday RISE Enrichment will include a variety of subjects including music, art, sports, languages, dance, etc. RISE Enrichment will be taught by teachers and trained volunteers with professional experience. Each Enrichment cycle will span approximately 5 weeks, with different course selections being offered throughout the year.

Will sports be offered?

For the 2015-2016 school year, sports will be offered through enrichment programming during school hours.  For students interested in participating in afterschool athletics, RISE offers afterschool clubs based on student interest and has partnered with local recreation departments to transport students to local teams.   As our school grows, we will expand our sports program to include our very own sports teams.

Will there be a program that fits my child’s specific learning needs at Jefferson RISE (i.e. English Language Learners, Special Education, Learning Disabilities)?

At Jefferson RISE, we are committed to every student.

We understand that every student experiences learning differently.  That is why we encourage parents with specific concerns to speak directly to the Head of School.  These conversations help prospective parents learn about programs specific to their child’s needs.



Are there any special tests or academic requirements to apply?

There are NO tests and NO academic requirements to apply.

Is there any cost to apply?

No, we are a tuition-free, open-enrollment public charter. There is no cost to apply.

Do you need to live in Jefferson Parish to attend Jefferson RISE Charter School?

Yes, students must be residents of Jefferson Parish to attend Jefferson RISE Charter School.

How and when are students selected for enrollment at Jefferson RISE?

Jefferson RISE uses a random lottery system to fill available seats.  The 2016-17 enrollment lottery will be held in mid-April.

Will Jefferson RISE middle school students have to re-apply when they move on to the high school?

No, students enrolled at Jefferson RISE matriculate from one grade level to the next all the way up through the 12th grade.


The Lottery

[New Updates!]

Who is eligible to apply for the upcoming enrollment lottery?

♦  Is your student a resident of Jefferson Parish?

♦  Is your student entering the 6th or 7th grade for the upcoming 2016-17 school year?

If you answered YES to BOTH questions, your student is eligible to apply! Please continue reading to learn more about the application process.

*Eligibility is not based on academic performance.

How does the lottery process work?

RISE will run two random enrollment lotteries this year. The 7th grade lottery will take place first, followed by the 6th grade lottery.

Both lotteries will give preference to the following:

(1)  Eligible siblings of current RISE scholars

(2)  Eligible Westbank residents

How many seats are available for next year?

7th Grade: We anticipate a small number of openings in next year’s 7th grade class. We will announce the exact number of available seats at the beginning of the lottery. Any available 7th grade seats will be filled using the random lottery system described above.

6th Grade: We will admit 120 new 6th grade students for the 2016-17 school year. All available seats will be filled using the random lottery system described above.

Do I need to submit proof of residency documents?

Yes, proof of residence documents (demonstrating residency in Jefferson Parish) are required to be eligible for Jefferson RISE’s lottery.

To receive Westbank preference in the lottery, all proof of residency documents must be submitted by:

5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016

Jefferson RISE must receive two (2) proofs of residency that include the name of the parent/guardian and the home address. Acceptable proofs of residency include:

  • AFDC card (Aid to Families with Dependent Children)
  • Homestead exemption form/ property tax bill
  • Cable or internet service bill
  • LA state ID card
  • Sewerage/ water bill
  • Entergy (utility) bill
  • Official letter from a Family Services caseworker
  • Telephone bill (not cell phone)
  • Current lease
  • Driver’s license (front and back)
  • Payroll check stub with home address


How can I submit my proof of residency documents?

  1. Upload residency documents to the appropriate box on your online student application.
  2. Email documents to Please include your student’s first and last name and “residency documents” in the email subject. [Example Email Subject: “John Smith’s Residency Documents”]
  3. You may also bring your documents to the school to be scanned during normal business hours (Mon-Thurs 8 am-4 pm; Fri 8 am-2 pm), or during one of our information sessions.

I’d like to submit an enrollment application for my child. Where should I begin?

Enrollment Applications are available online. To begin your application, please click here.

I’ve submitted an enrollment application for my child. When can I expect to hear back?

The schedule for Jefferson RISE’s 2016 student enrollment lottery will be posted shortly. Please submit your application as soon as possible to make sure you register for one of our upcoming info sessions. As a prospective RISE parent, you must attend an Information Session before the lottery.


Learn More

I have a few more questions. What is the best way to contact the school?

Please send your questions to

Where can I find additional information?

♦  Register for an information session when you Fill out a Student Application

♦  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for immediate access to Jefferson RISE news and events.

♦  Email

♦  Call our enrollment line: 504.410.5982

♦  You can also stop by the school during Office Hours.