In the spring of 2016, The Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS) applied to open a new school inside of the New Orleans juvenile detention center (called the Youth Study Center). We opened our doors at the detention center just months later, in August of 2016. As a team, our school staff elected to name the school the Travis Hill School.
One year later CEEAS applied to open a second campus, this time inside of the New Orleans adult jail (called the Orleans Justice Center). We started at the jail on August 28, 2017. Here are some updates on our results to date.
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT RESULTS
In Louisiana, there are a handful of high school courses that have standardized, state-mandated End of Course (EOC) exams. Passing the EOC is required to earn credit for the course, and earning credit in these courses is mandatory for students to earn their high school diploma. At the Travis Hill Schools, we do not focus on test prep—we build the curriculum based on short, thematic (change, identity, rights, justice…) units that emphasize relevance and engagement. That said, we believe strongly that our students need to learn core academic skills and need to be able to demonstrate those skills in situations that matter in their lives. And in Louisiana, passing your EOC exams matters—because you can’t otherwise graduate!
EOC Exams Passed at the Orleans Justice Center
In our first year at OJC, students passed 62 EOC exams. Zero EOC exams were passed or administered in prior years.
Since opening our schools, 6 of Travis Hill students have graduated with a high school diploma.
Top Growth School
In the 2017-18 school year, Travis Hill was recognized as a "Top Growth" school in ELA by the Orleans Parish School Board. Over 60% of our students outperformed their peers.