In the spring of 2016, the Orleans Parish School Board asked CEEAS if we would assume full operational control over the school inside of the New Orleans Juvenile Detention Center. In August 2016, after just a few months of preparation, we opened a new school there. The school serves approximately 40 students a day, full-time.
As a team, our school staff elected to name the school the Travis Hill School. Travis Hill was a local jazz musician who spent time at the detention center and then in prison, who upon release returned to New Orleans and used his music and talent to support nonviolence and to mentor and support teens in the City. He died tragically at a young age.
One year later, in the spring of 2017, the Orleans Parish School Board asked CEEAS if we would develop a school for teens and young adults held at the Orleans Justice Center, the adult jail in New Orleans. We successfully converted a tutoring and small GED prep program offering 8 to 10 students at a time approximately three hours of instruction a day into a full scale high school, and on August 28, 2017 opened the second Travis Hill School campus. The school now serves approximately 50 students a day, full-time.
Our mission at the Travis Hill Schools is to create a transformative learning environment where students held in secure settings develop the academic and socio-emotional skills they need to become positive, contributing members of their community when they are released.