Award Year: 2016

John Clancy-Joseph S. Maggiore, Sr. Elementary School for the Arts

2100 Maine Avenue
Kenner, LA, 70062-5957

(504) 469-3664

Ms. Danesha A. Dorsey, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Jefferson Parish Public School System

School Website


Our mission at Clancy/Maggiore Elementary School is to engage students in an arts integrated curriculum to advance academic success, critical thinking, and creativity.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 41%
  • White: 10%
  • Hispanic: 47%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 30%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Students are all smiles as they Reach for the Stars.

Students are all smiles as they "Reach for the Stars".

Nestled in the beautiful city of Kenner, Louisiana, John Clancy/ Joseph Maggiore Elementary School for the Arts has risen above many challenges to create an environment that embodies its mission of creating lifelong learners. Clancy/ Maggiore started as an F-rated school and has increased its rating to a B school through team work, diligence and determination. Clancy/ Maggiore was awarded the Top Gains Achievement by the Louisiana Department of Education for 2012, 2013, and 2015. With a diverse population of 600 pre-kindergarten through fifth graders, students are empowered to excel by our school motto of Work Hard/Get SMART. The students have proven that despite any challenges that they may face, they will flourish both academically and socially. As one of two arts-integrated schools in the Jefferson Parish Public School System, students receive music, visual art, and dance classes at every grade level. An understanding and appreciation for the Fine Arts is integrated into the school's curriculum, creating a unique combination of artistic expression and instruction. Our school has proven that with personalized interventions, research-based instruction, and a focus on students, a school can transform the lives of children. Our daily creed says that Clancy/ Maggiore kids are S.M.A.R.T. (Successful, Motivated, Accountable, Respectful and Trustworthy),and the actions of the students, facult,y and staff are proof that with determination, all things are possible.