FirstLine Schools

About FirstLine Schools

Mission & Vision

Our Mission

The mission of FirstLine Schools is to create and inspire great, open admissions public schools in New Orleans

Our Vision

Our schools will prepare students for college, fulfilling careers, and a healthy life by nurturing students in mind, body, and spirit.

Why FirstLine Schools?

We Believe In:

  • Deeply Committing to Teacher Support and Growth

    • FirstLine recruits and retains a diverse group of teachers who hold high expectations for their students and strive to create joyful classrooms where students are responsible for doing the majority of thinking, writing, and discussion in class. 
    • FirstLine teachers receive weekly coaching and lesson feedback from a school-based instructional coach and also participate in network-wide bi-weekly Professional Learning Time.
    • FirstLine teachers are developed over their career using our “Vision of Excellence” classroom teaching rubric.
    • FirstLine has instituted a teacher career pathway that focuses on our commitment to developing teacher skillfulness. Teachers have access to increased teacher leadership opportunities and compensation as they grow.
  • Working to Becoming an Antiracist Organization

    • FirstLine’s commitment to doing what is right for kids is rooted in doing the necessary work of deeply examining policies, procedures, and practices to ensure we are working toward dismantling the effects of systemic racism on our students.
    • FirstLine partners with Overcoming Racism, an organization that seeks to build more equitable institutions through comprehensive race and equity training, which benefits all staff, and through us, our students, and their families.
  • Focusing on Social / Emotional Learning and Community Building

    • FirstLine is committed to training teachers in trauma-informed approaches that nurture supportive and caring relationships as the foundation of positive culture, enabling teachers to de-escalate behaviors and thus reduce suspensions.
    • FirstLine’s signature program, Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESYNOLA), teaches children and adults to make healthy connections through food and the natural world. Hands-on garden and culinary / nutrition education classes have provided FirstLine students with social/emotional learning opportunities since we built the first school garden at Samuel J. Green School in 2006 immediately following Hurricane Katrina. Through this work, students learn respect for life, the power of personal choice, and the value of community. 
    • FirstLine is implementing the Valor Collegiate Academies’ social/emotional learning curriculum, involving staff and student individual personal storytelling and reflection work and community circles.
    • We are committed to innovation, to constant assessment, and to making the thousands of small changes needed to keep improving our practice.
  • Creating a Sense of Belonging

    • FirstLine aims to create school environments that are nurturing and supportive for students, families, and staff of all races, socioeconomic status, and abilities to ensure inclusive, safe, and brave spaces where people can show up as their whole selves.
    • At FirstLine, we live by these Commitments:
      • I commit to my own and others’ development.
      • I commit to listening and understanding.
      • I commit to speaking with honesty and respect.
      • I commit to doing what it takes to serve others.
      • I commit to keeping myself and others safe in mind, body, and spirit.
      • I commit to bringing my personal joy to our work.
      • I commit to holding myself and others accountable.
  • Striving for Academic Excellence

    • FirstLine fosters a culture of academic excellence and intellectual curiosity through instruction that meets the learning needs of every student. A FirstLine education helps students develop the academic skills and character strengths needed to succeed in school and in life.
    • We set expectations high for our students and develop teachers to have the will and skill to help them meet these expectations.
    • FirstLine aspires to offer classes that are rigorous, engaging, and joyful, where students drive most of the thinking and discussion, and we coach and develop our teachers and leaders to get there.
    • FirstLine utilizes culturally relevant curriculum that provides “windows and mirrors.” Our children are more engaged when they see themselves represented through a historically accurate socio-political lens that broadens students’ choices and develops them into justice-oriented, curious, creative global citizens.
  • Cherishing Family and Community

    • As New Orleans’ oldest homegrown charter school organization founded in 1998, FirstLine was created and always values its deep and long-standing partnerships with families and community-based organizations, churches, and local universities.
    • FirstLine partners with Valor Collegiate Academies and Tulane University’s Safe Schools program, a National Institute of Justice initiative, to teach teachers how to incorporate social/emotional learning and trauma-informed practices in their instruction – encouraging relationship building and providing emotional support for students during class, which promotes learning.
    • FirstLine engages artists, musicians, writers, and athletic educators to create a rich array of afterschool and summer programs and classes, all of which are free and open to all students. 
    • FirstLine maintains communication with our families and understands the challenges our families face economically, especially during a pandemic, and works to link families to community resources and social services, working in partnership with Communities in Schools and our team of mental health professionals. 
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New Orleans, LA  • Schools-Ashe/Wheatley   Description FirstLine Schools: RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RTI) COORDINATOR   Creating and inspiring great, open admissions public schools in New Orleans   About FirstLine Schools In 1998, FirstLine Schools started the first charter school in New Orleans, which became the highest performing open admission middle school in the city. FirstLine now operates four (P)K-8th grade schools. Our mission is to create and inspire great, open admissions public schools in New Orleans.   Our faculty is a diverse and talented group dedicated to our students’ success and to their own growth as teachers. Our schools are led by leaders who hold themselves accountable for student achievement and teacher development.   Position Summary: This position provides support to the school and School Director by managing the Response to Intervention...
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Description Position Summary:   FirstLine Schools is currently seeking talented, passionate individuals to serve as one-on-one Paraprofessionals or in SPED classrooms at our K-8 schools. The paraprofessional will assist with managing the behavior of the assigned student(s) in addition to supporting the instruction in the classroom. Paraprofessionals are motivated individuals dedicated to providing an excellent education for all youth, particularly those in disadvantaged urban areas.   Position Responsibilities:   Special Education • Assists in the delivery of special education services under the supervision of the Special Education teacher • Supports the instruction in the classroom for the assigned student(s) • Assists assigned student(s) with classroom assignments and homework • Supports instructional aspects of student(s) IEP(s) • Works to keep student(s) on task during classroom instruction...
05/24/2024
Full time
FirstLine Schools
Job Type Full-time Description   About FirstLine Schools In 1998, FirstLine Schools started the first charter school in New Orleans. FirstLine now operates several PK-8th grade schools.   Our mission is to create and inspire great, open admissions public schools in New Orleans.  We do this by: Ensuring  college and career readiness  for all students, as demonstrated by achievement, aspiration, love of learning, and confidence Providing a rich variety of education experiences to nurture our students’ character, health, and active citizenship Developing the skillfulness of our team members Building a sustainable organization that facilitates our long-term success Our faculty is a diverse and talented group dedicated to our students’ success and to their own growth as teachers.  Our schools are led by leaders who hold themselves accountable for student achievement and teacher development....
05/24/2024
Full time
FirstLine Schools
Description About FirstLine Schools In 1998, FirstLine Schools started the first charter school in New Orleans. FirstLine now operates five PreK-8th grade schools.  Our mission is to create and inspire great open admissions public schools in New Orleans.    Our faculty is a diverse and talented group dedicated to our students’ success and to their own growth as teachers.  Our schools are led by leaders who hold themselves accountable for student achievement and teacher development.   About ESYNOLA Founded in 2006, Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESYNOLA) envisions generations of New Orleans children who have healthy relationships with food, the natural world, themselves, and their community.  ESYNOLA's mission is to teach children to make healthy connections through food and the natural world. Our goal is to improve the long-term well being of our students, families, and school community, by integrating hands-on organic...
02/27/2024
Full time
FirstLine Schools
Job Type Full-time Description About FirstLine Schools   In 1998, FirstLine Schools started the first charter school in New Orleans. We currently operate several PreK-8 public charter schools in New Orleans.  Our mission is to create and inspire great, open admissions public schools in New Orleans.   Our faculty is a diverse and talented group dedicated to our students’ success and to their own growth as teachers. Our schools are led by leaders who hold themselves accountable for student achievement and teacher development.   FirstLine’s Vision Of Teaching Excellence:  We develop teachers at FirstLine by focusing on excellence in teaching. To do so, we coach teachers and center professional development on our Vision of Excellence in Teaching rubric.  The components include: On Task  (Maintaining high expectations and maximizing instructional time) Essential Content...