ENCORE Academy

School address information is accurate as of the 2019-2020 school year.   

2518 Arts St
New Orleans, LA 70117

Phone: 504-444-2224
School Hours: 8:30 AM-4:15 PM
Geographic Area: Downtown
Geographic Zone: 1

Grades Served This Year: PK4 - 8th
Grades Served Next Year: PK4 - 8th


School Leadership

Principal: Terri Smith
Board Chair: Jon Randall
Charter Organization: ENCORE Academy
Authorizer: OPSB

Mission Statement / Programmatic Model:
Our mission is to provide a rigorous and differentiated academic program strengthened by a broad arts curriculum, enabling students to become college and career ready critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and positive contributors to society.

School Performance

Most New Orleans public schools are charter schools, public schools governed by non-profit boards. Each board is given a contract to operate their charter school for a number of years. When the contract is up for renewal, the Orleans Parish School Board or Louisiana Department of Education uses school performance to determine if the contract should be renewed. If the school hasn’t demonstrated acceptable performance, it may close at the end of the school year, or be taken over by a new non-profit board. 

Letter Grade: C
SPS: 64.9
Renewal Year: Winter 2022-2023
School Finder Page: ENCORE's School Report Card

This school’s academic performance data and next renewal year as of November 2018 can be found above. For more information on how school performance is measured, click here. For more information on school accountability, click here.


How to apply, who is eligible to attend, and what factors determine which students are assigned. For more info on priorities and how OneApp works, click here.

Application Process: OneApp

Encore Academy

Grade(s) PK4

Eligibility: New Orleans Residents who meet income requirements and/or have a current IEP, and who will turn 4 yrs by September 30, 2017.
Priority: (1) Applicants with an IEP, (2) then Siblings, (3) then Applicants who reside in zip codes 70116, 70117, for up to 50% of available seats, (4) then All other applicants

Grade(s) K-8

Eligibility: New Orleans Residents

School Features

Highlighted program offerings, transportation details, and other provided services.

Transportation: Yes
Before Care: Yes
After Care: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Features & Programs:
All students participate in 90 minutes of arts instruction daily including general music, voice, dance, visual arts, strings, percussion, marching band, jazz band, world language, and theater. Gifted & Talented identification and services

Jumpstart Pathways:
Jumpstart is only offered for programs with grades 9-12

Team Sports / After School Activities:
LHSAA: Community Partnerships, Dental Services, Gifted And Talented Services, Restorative Counseling and ApproachesClub Sports: basketball, flag football, soccer, volleyball

Language Support:
Interpretation Available: routinely in Spanish, upon request in Vietnamese, upon request in French | Translation Available: full-time in Spanish, full-time in Vietnamese, full-time in French

Student Support Services:
Encore Academy

Special Education Model:
Inclusion and resource, gifted and talented programs in theater arts, visual arts and music