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Counseling department

Welcome to NOMMA's Counseling Department! Our professional school counselors are here to address the social/emotional, academic, and career/college needs for each one of our 950 cadets. All five of our counselors have Master's Degrees in counseling or social work and are highly qualified to work with your cadet. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.
Below you will find some helpful resources for both you and your cadet to utilize. We're here to help!

Mrs. Kayla Gay - 12th grade & Department Chair              kgay@nomma.net

Mr. Desmond Smith - 11th grade            dsmith1@nomma.net

Mrs. Tesia Williams - 10th grade   twilliams@nomma.net

Ms. Chelsea Landau - 9th grade      clandau@nomma.net

Mrs. Carrie Beal - 8th grade                  cbeal@nomma.net

Scholarships

Check out NOMMA's list of scholarships here. These are updated weekly with local opportunities!

Below are more resources for scholarships:

Scholarships.com
Fastweb.com
Chegg.com
Cappex.com
Collegeboard.com
Niche.com
LOSFA Facebook page (monthly)
LELA $1,000 monthly drawing  
Churches
Parent/cadet employer
Military scholarships

Outside Program Opportunities

Check out NOMMA's list of outside program opportunities for your cadet here. These include summer programs as well as school-year opportunities for academic advancement.

ACT Test Prep

College Research

Financial Aid 

NOMMA offers two high school diploma types approved by the LDOE: TOPS University Diploma and Jumpstart TOPS Tech Career Diploma. Each parent and cadet must chose a diploma type as well as a pathway by the end of their 10th grade year.

Jumpstart TOPS Tech Career Diploma 

This diploma type is Louisiana's Career and Technical Education Program, which prepares cadets to secure a high-wage job AND attend a technical or community college after graduation.  Each cadet will earn an industry-based certification by the time they graduate! To learn more about Louisiana's Jumpstart Diploma, click here.

Jumpstart Graduation Requirements

TOPS University Diploma

 The TOPS University Diploma offers cadets the necessary curriculum to prepare them to attend a four year college or university after graduation. Foreign language and art are requirements with this diploma type. 

TOPS University Graduation Requirements

Pathways

All cadets at NOMMA must also choose a career pathway in addition to their diploma type. NOMMA offers 4 pathways from which to chooseCyber Engineering, Maritime, Digital Media and Microenterprise. To learn more about the pathways NOMMA offers, check out our Jumpstart Pathway Flyer Each pathway offers the ability to earn an industry-based credential by graduation!

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

The 2020-2021 FAFSA is available for completion on October 1st, 2019. Don’t wait until the last minute. Get your financial aid application done as soon as possible! FAFSA Completion is a graduation requirement.

Step 1: Create your student & parent FSA IDs at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm 

  • Student & parent will each need an FSA ID user name and password which serves as your electronic signature on the FAFSA. If the parent already has one, please do not create another one. You will have to use the same FSA ID for each student. 

Step 2: Complete your FAFSA at https://fafsa.ed.gov/

  • The FAFSA is FREE. Never pay to apply. Please select the 2020-2021 FAFSA. 

If you have problems, please contact:

  • LELA's Help Line at 844-GOFAFSA
  • FAFSA's Online Chat Help
  • FAFSA's Help Line at 1-800-4FED-AID

TOPS Scholarship Info

NOMMA staff does not determine eligibility for TOPS scholarships, nor can we confirm scholarship amounts. Check out the following resources to learn more:

 

For graduates, email the registrar at cchapman@nomma.net. Please incude your graduation year and recipient's contact information.

For current cadets, please contact the 12th grade counselor, Mrs. Gay, at kgay@nomma.net.

  • Boys Town National Hotline:  1-800-448-3000  - a free resource and counseling service that assists youth and parents 24/7, year round, nationwide. 
  • TrevorText is a confidential and secure resource that provides live help for LGBTQ youth with a trained specialist via text message. Text START to 678678
  • National Youth Crisis Hotline:  (800) 442-HOPE (4673)
  • The New Orleans Family Justice Center offers a 24-hour crisis line for domestic abuse victims at 504-866-9554. The daytime line during business hours is 504-592-4005. The center also provides free counseling, legal and advocacy services on site.
  • Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text Hello to 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

In case of an emergency, always call 911

NAMI New Orleans Resources

New Orleans Resource Guide

Behavioral Health Resources

Donate to NOMMA

 

The New Orleans Military/Maritime Academy (NOMMA) is a Type 2 charter high school serving students in the New Orleans Metropolitan area. NOMMA is dedicated to the education of high school students, no matter their background or previous school experience. Students at NOMMA study in a focused, college preparatory environment guided by a team of teachers and retired military instructors who bring unparalleled experience to the classroom.