The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts is one of America’s pre-eminent high school arts conservatories. Over 600 regional students from highly diverse backgrounds attend NOCCA to study in the master-apprentice tradition in Culinary Arts, Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and Creative Writing. Admission is by arts audition and students pay no tuition. Ninety-five to 100% of seniors go on to college; 80% or more will earn college scholarships which in May 2012 totaled $14.5 million (a $115,000 per student average).

The NOCCA Institute supports programs essential to students’ access to educational excellence, including:

In collaboration with experts from around the world, NOCCA and The NOCCA Institute have utilized the center’s creative environment and highly successful arts-teaching pedagogy to redesign the high school academic framework and assessment strategy, portions of which exist nowhere else, and to integrate learning within and across academic subjects as well as with the arts. Learning by doing and constant inquiry – with math and science taught together, English and world history taught together – year one students excelled in the End of Course Algebra I test despite a wide range of student preparedness upon entering the program. The NOCCA Institute is currently leading a $6 million capital campaign to adapt an adjacent warehouse into classrooms and labs required for the full expansion of the Academic Studio and Culinary Arts.