Sep 182013
The John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood. (via

The John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood. (via

ENCORE Academy, one of the city’s newer charter schools, plans to move to a permanent location at the former John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood next year, school leaders said. Continue reading »

Jul 272013

Sophie B. Wright Charter School is looking for places for its sports teams to practice after the New Orleans Recreation Department Commission demanded $3,000 for the school to use Harrell Park. Meanwhile, construction has halted on the new gym at Eleanor McMain Secondary School amid a conflict over minority participation in the contract, and ENCORE Academy is enrolling more students than it originally expected, according to recent reports about Uptown schools. Continue reading »

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Jul 172013

ENCORE Academy will grow from 205 to 315 students in 2013-14, its second year of operation, with the addition of a third section of kindergarten, a fourth and a sixth grade, according to a report by Stephen Babcock of The Lens. The school will remain at its location inside the Crocker building on Marengo Street for the coming year, but will have to find a new home for 2014-15.

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Mar 262013

Only 25 percent of students at Crocker Arts and Technology School come from nearby neighborhoods, while the majority are from New Orleans East, Gentilly and Mid-City, reports Erin Krall of The Lens. But the new school’s construction is beginning to serve as an economic-development catalyst in its Milan neighborhood, board members said: “I think this neighborhood will build up around the school,” board secretary Shaun Rafferty said. “Eventually the goal of this being a neighborhood school will be fulfilled.”

Six of Crocker’s 13 teachers have been asked to remain at the school next year, when New Orleans College Prep takes over as its operator, Krall reports.

ENCORE Academy, the other charter school housed in the Crocker building, has canceled its regularly scheduled March meeting that was to be held tonight.

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Dec 182012

ENCORE Academy students (submitted photo)

ENCORE Academy is considering giving admissions preference to students from a large swath of Uptown — from the Garden District and Central City though Broadmoor and into Carrollton and Hollygrove — but the plan is on hold amid a sudden uncertainty about its location after next year. Continue reading »

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Dec 182012

The new Crocker building on Marengo Street.

ENCORE Academy, the new charter school that emphasizes music and individualized instruction, will be allowed to keep its temporary home in the Crocker building on Marengo Street even as the Recovery School District is assigning New Orleans College Prep to move in. Continue reading »

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Nov 092012

The ENCORE Academy governing board is holding a Saturday morning retreat to discuss a number of general issues relating to the school’s growth, including plans for a facility, participation in the OneApp common enrollment process, financial and enrollment goals, and open-meeting laws. Continue reading »

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Nov 052012

ENCORE Academy School Leader Terri L. Smith leads tour of a kindergarten classroom in September. ( file photo by Robert Morris)

ENCORE Academy leader Terri L. Smith, who brought nearly 30 years of experience in education to open the first new Orleans Parish School Board charter since Hurricane Katrina, aims to create a strong academic program alongside a heavy investment in the arts, particularly music, reports Jessica Williams of The Lens.

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Sep 252012

ENCORE Academy moved into its wing of the new Crocker campus on Marengo Street last week. (Robert Morris,

ENCORE Academy School Leader Terri L. Smith (center) shows a kindergarten classroom to two board members on Monday night. (Robert Morris,

After a long-running search for a building followed by a temporary stint at the Touro Synagogue that was prolonged by a hurricane, ENCORE Academy has finally made it to the new Crocker school building that will serve as the new charter school’s home for its first school year. Continue reading »

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Sep 032012

While most New Orleans schools had planned to reopen Tuesday after Hurricane Isaac, Audubon Charter School received such extensive damage to both of its campuses that it will remain closed for another week; the International School of Louisiana has postponed reopening until Thursday while it finishes cleaning its campuses; and ENCORE Academy students will return Tuesday to their temporary home at Touro, as the storm delayed completion of their Crocker campus yet again, school officials said.
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Aug 082012

The Crocker school building on Marengo Street, photographed Aug. 3, is not expected to be ready for students until early September. (Robert Morris,

With construction on the new Crocker building delayed until Labor Day, students at the new ENCORE Academy charter school will spend their first two weeks in a classroom building at Touro Synagogue, school officials said. Meanwhile, the school is adding a third grade to its initial roster of grade levels it will open this year, and continues to accept applications, school leaders said. Continue reading »

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Jul 242012

ENCORE Academy, the new music-focused charter school that will spend its first year located in the new Crocker building in Uptown’s Milan neighborhood, will hold a board meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, July 24) to receive updates on the construction of the new building and on the school’s start-up loan, as well as for accountability training for the board. Continue reading »

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Jun 262012

The June meeting of the ENCORE Academy governing board, originally set for tonight, has been canceled because of scheduling conflicts, according to an email from school leader Terri L. Smith. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for July 24, but if any issues require board attention before then, a special meeting will be called, Smith writes.

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Jun 212012

ENCORE Academy, the new charter school that will emphasize both music classes and individualized instruction, is holding a meet-and-greet for both enrolled and prospective parents tonight that will feature a drum-education group, officials said. Continue reading »

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May 222012

The governing board of ENCORE Academy has released the agenda for its meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, May 22) in the second floor conference room of Andrew Wilson Charter School, 3617 General Pershing Street. Continue reading »

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May 172012

ENCORE Academy, a new charter school with a music-enriched curriculum opening in the fall, will hold its first meet-and-greet with families at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday, May 17) at Atkinson-Stern Tennis Center, 4025 S. Saratoga Street, just a few blocks from the new Crocker school facility that will serve as ENCORE’s first home. Continue reading »

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May 012012

Ongoing construction at the Crocker Arts and Technology School on Marengo Street in the Milan neighborhood. (Robert Morris,

Encore Academy, the newest charter school to open in Uptown New Orleans, will spend its first year in the “brand new, state of the art” building under construction for Crocker Arts and Technology School in the Milan neighborhood, officials said Tuesday night. Continue reading »

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