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History of A+ Schools

There are currently over one-hundred eighty (180) A+ Schools in operation across the four member states of the National A+ Consortium.

North Carolina A+​

In 1995, the A+ Schools concept was conceived in North Carolina where it began as a research model sponsored by the Kenan institute for the Arts.  Starting with 25 schools in their first year, the NCA+ network has grown to include forty (40) institutions.

Oklahoma A+

In 1998 the Kirkpatrick Foundation, a private foundation in Oklahoma, identified the North Carolina A+ Schools program as one with great potential for replication, and the Oklahoma A+ Schools initiative was born.

In 2003, the University of Central Oklahoma agreed to provide a permanent home for Oklahoma A+ Schools. Currently, there are seventy (70) A+ Schools in Oklahoma.

The THEA Foundation, a private foundation based in Little Rock, Arkansas, operates fourteen (14) A+ Schools.

Arkansas A+

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​Louisiana A+

Louisiana A+ Schools began in 2013 as an initiative of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA). In 2017, after several years of success, the Rodrigue family transitioned LAA+ into its own public non-profit organization to ensure the growth and long-term sustainability of the mission.


LAA+ is supported by GRFA and the leadership of a diverse statewide board.

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