Academic Studio



The Academic Studio is NOCCA’s full-day, diploma-granting, college-prep high school program. Students are only admitted at the 9th grade level and after a successful arts audition. The Academic Studio’s curriculum takes a comprehensive approach to learning, working across the full spectrum of the Humanities and Sciences, seeking to develop young artists “with something to say.” We believe that a firm academic grounding prepares students for college and post-secondary success, while also furthering their development as artists and intellectuals through a detailed understanding of their historical and scientific contexts.

The instructional model is inspired by the best of arts instruction and emphasizes collaboration, project-based learning, interdisciplinary inquiry, creativity and mentorship by intellectuals who are experts in their fields. In our state-approved curriculum, students take one Integrated Sciences and one Integrated Humanities course each year, in addition to classes in languages, Health and PE, allowing them to graduate with a TOPS University Diploma. Academic Studio students are required to take and pass all of the same End-of-Course exams required of all public high school students in Louisiana, and they do so at the highest levels, with the Academic Studio regularly ranked among the top open-enrollment academic programs in Louisiana.
Academic Studio development and the renovation of the Chevron Forum at NOCCA has been graciously supported in part by: MCC Real Estate, Chevron, Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Goldring and Woldenberg Family Foundations, Solomon Family, Trafigura Foundation, RosaMary Foundation, Coypu Foundation Trust, Zemurray Foundation, Edward G. Schlieder Foundation, Ella West Freeman Family Foundation, Hearst Foundations, Selley Foundation, Joyce L. Schenewerk, Libby-Dufour Fund, Ruth U. Fertel Foundation and Gustaf W. McIlhenny Family Foundation.


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