Financial Aid Stories: 2013-2014

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 is GiveNOLA Day, when all charitable donations made through the GiveNOLA website will be used to support The NOCCA Institute’s Financial Aid Program. That program ensures that every young artist accepted into NOCCA can afford the supplies and equipment (like ballet slippers, novels, and leotards) they need to…

Financial Aid: Four Stories

The NOCCA Institute awarded over $150,000 in Term-Time and Summer Study Financial Aid in 2012-13.  Students receiving aid from the Institute graduated from NOCCA with almost $7 million in scholarship offers and aid to college (not including TOPS).   Support from foundations, corporations and individuals for this program opened the…

Walking Into Integrated Learning

One day last fall, students arrived to a topographical map taped to the floor of the breezeway. Their charge: to discover what the oblong-lined shapes meant using the measurement systems, geology, biology, scientific data collection and historical research skills they had been learning. Using observation, most students believed the marks…

Coming Soon: The NOCCA Forum

Above: exterior rendering of the NOCCA Forum by John C. Williams Architects Young, creative and focused energy is about to fill one of the city’s oldest architectural structures. Built in the 1830’s as part of the historic Levee Steam Cotton Press, the sister warehouse to two on NOCCA’s current campus…

Coming Soon: The Press Street Gardens & The Boxcar Food Truck

Rows of vividly colored vegetables and cut flowers crisscrossed by grass pathways. A mouth-watering menu made with just-picked herbs and produce served at The Boxcar, the on-site food truck. Beds for a thousand experiments in biology, physics, chemistry and environmental science. All surrounded by a green fence covered in vining fruits and flowers.

Visiting Artist Recap: 2012-13

Terence Blanchard GRAMMY Award-winning trumpeter and composer, Artistic Director of Jazz for Mancini Institute at University of Miami Frost School of Music, NOCCA alumnus “The thing about finding yourself as an artist is that at some point, you have to make a commitment,” alumnus and award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence…

NOCCA’s Academic Studio: A Recap Of Year Two

As the Academic Studio’s year-end sciences and humanities projects symposium came to a close in May, every 9th and 10th grade student had something to celebrate. Each student had experienced remarkable double-digit growth in every subject on the ACT’s Explore and Plan Tests between August and March. Moreover, the majority…

Student Awards, 2012-13

NOCCA students won awards this year in the following prestigious national and regional competitions: 4 students were recognized by the National Arts Recognition and Talent Search. 4 seniors were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Competition as Finalists, 2 as Semi-Finalists, and 2 were named Commended Students. 3 seniors…

News Of Note From The 2012-13 School Year

“You always hear that the real world awaits when you get out of school,” Academy Award-nominated director Behn Zeitlin opened in his remarks at this year’s Celebration ceremony for 2013 NOCCA graduates.  The 30-year-old filmmaker (Beasts of the Southern Wild), composer and animator, offered students succinct advice:  “So many people…

Guest Artists: 2011 – 2012

CHEF AARON SANCHEZ Simple Food, Big Flavor: Unforgettable Mexican-Inspired Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours “Cooking is a connection to someone’s soul,” Chef Aaron Sanchez told Culinary Arts students as the very first guest artist for the newly launched discipline. Mentoring reaches deep into Chef Aaron’s core, a role he learned…

Lessons Learned: Academic Studio, Year One

In year one of the Academic Studio, 9th graders studied the beginnings of all humanity; dived into scientific thinking and exploration; experienced the joy of finding math in everything; studied languages of many ancient civilizations; and discovered how to learn on their own.

The Master-Apprentice Tradition

Answering a student’s question while visiting NOCCA in the fall, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns simply stated, “If I had not met my photography mentor, you would not be meeting me.”

Master Class: Chef Aaron Sanchez

“Cooking is a connection to someone’s soul,” Master Chef Aaron Sanchez explained to Culinary Arts students in their first master class since the launch of NOCCA’s newest discipline in August. Cooking is clearly how Chef Aaron shares his heritage, his passion for life’s flavors, and his dedication to helping young…

Master Class: Filmmaker Ken Burns

“What would you change in history if you could?” asked a student of documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. “I would stop the assassination of Abraham Lincoln,” he answered. “I am curious as to what Lincoln’s emphasis on our better angels after the Civil War… what might have happened.” Burn’s answer was…

Master Class: Soprano & NOCCA Alum Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet

“Where in your body do you think your voice is coming from?” soprano and NOCCA alumnus Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet asked a young vocal student who had just sung for her. The student looked unsure. “Your voice is not being supported by breath but by the tension in your throat.” Similarly for…