All arts courses taught at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts are accredited by the Louisiana State Department of Education. These courses carry honors weight and may be used as elective credit toward high school graduation.
Course credit is awarded according to the following guidelines set forth by the State Department: three units of honors credit are awarded for classes that meet for a two and one-half hour block of time each day (750 minutes per week). Two units are earned in classes that meet one hundred minutes a day (500 minutes per week), and one unit is earned in those that meet for a total of 250 minutes per week.
Grades earned at NOCCA are based on assigned projects, completion of homework and class work, written and oral testing, attitude, attendance and evaluation of other criteria in the particular arts discipline.
NOCCA arts disciplines are offered daily in two and one half hour blocks. The Louisiana State Department of Education has approved issuing up to three (3) units of honors weighted credit for each of the arts disciplines. This meets the mandated 50 minute course requirement per Carnegie Unit for a seven period day schedule.
Each discipline is divided into several components. For example, dance includes study in classical ballet, modern, jazz, character dance and dance history and theory. Music is divided into formal classes in music theory and history, solfege, individual training, ensemble and performance. All ten arts disciplines have several components of study. Grading is based on student performance on assigned projects, completion of homework and class work, written and oral testing, attitude, attendance and evaluation of other criteria in the particular discipline.
Students enrolled in the first year of Dance, Musical Theatre and Drama earn, if necessary, two (2) units Honors credit for the arts discipline and one (1) unit in Physical Education (course code #190105). A second unit can be earned the following year by Dance students (course code #190106).
NOCCA also provides several non-arts (core curriculum) courses to help students schedule all required courses. These courses (Civics and Free Enterprise) are offered 4:00 p.m. and are taught by certified teachers. Health and Physical Education are also taught, usually on alternating days between 4:00 and 6:30 pm. These classes are one semester in length and generate one-half (1/2) unit credit.
Students may request core courses by completing the core course request form received in their registration packet and returning it to NOCCA. Priority for registration in these courses is given to upper level students and to those who cannot schedule the required courses at their partner school.