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TRAVIS HILL SCHOOL

The Orleans Justice Center

SCHOOL OVERVIEW

Over 1,000 residents are held at the OJC on a daily basis.  At Travis Hill we offer high school diploma-focused school for the 50-75 residents held there who are between 16 and 21 years old and eligible to attend high school.

 

Nearly all of the students who pass through OJC have experienced school failure—many did not attend school regularly and were suspended or expelled—and most are far behind their peers academically.  At Travis Hill, we believe it is our moral imperative not only to meet the academic needs of these students, but also to reach out to them, show them we care, and help them find a path forward by tapping into their hopes, dreams, skills, and talents.

 

The Travis Hill School is student-centered, with an intensive focus on making school relevant and meaningful, creating a culture of high achievement, and developing a school climate rooted in mutual respect and understanding.  

 

The curriculum is organized around short, thematic units (examples of themes include change, identity, justice, power, choice), each of which runs for approximately twenty instructional days.

 

At the Travis Hill School at OJC, we place particular emphasis on helping older students who have specific academic needs and credits, improve their academic skills, earn their high school diploma, and start to develop the skills they will need as they transition.  This includes mock interviews, workshops and courses on entrepreneurism, and short modules exposing students to workforce skills in technology and the creative and industrial arts.

 

Our school culture and climate is grounded in a set of values (Respect, Integrity, Good Judgement, Hope/Optimism, and Teamwork) and a positive approach to discipline and prosocial behavior.  

 

We work closely with the staff from the Sheriff’s Office at OJC, actively engage with the families of our students and invite them to be active participants in the life of the school, and partner with members of the greater New Orleans community—building relationships that will support students when they return home.

Cross Campus Staff

Meet the Staff

Shelacia Carney

Kaiya Dockery

School Counselor

Cliff Green

Learning Lab Teacher

Courtney Locket

Special Education Teacher (Math & Science)

Denna Trufant

Science Teacher

Kenneth Dorsey

PBIS & Restorative Practices Coordinator

Quiana Hunt

Social Studies Teacher

Sondra Mullen

Special Education Teacher (ELA & Social Studies)

Tessua Faulk

ELA Teacher

Dana Leaman

Math Teacher

Vanity Nealy

Office Manager/Tutor

Director of Academics and School Culture

Cross Campus Staff

Kimberly Beshears

Transition and Therapeutic Liaison

Director of Transition and School Operations

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Jeremy Pike

Data Manager

Foreign Language Teacher

Erin Clark

School Administration Manager

Director of Student Support Services and Special Education

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Courtney Robinson

Social Worker

Suzannah Furtick

Art Teacher

Anthony Marino

Manager, Individualized Learning and Accountability

Director of Schools

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CONTACT US

Travis Hill School at the Orleans Justice Center

2800 Perdido Street

New Orleans, LA 70119

(504) 202-9342

 Vanity Nealy, Office Manager

Shelacia Carney, Director of Academics and School Culture

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