Travis Hill Schools

Our History

In the spring of 2016, BreakFree Education 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 BreakFree 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.

In the 2018-19 school year, we're excited to continue serving students at both of these facilities and to continue working on improving the quality of our schools and meeting our students' needs.

Our Namesake

Travis Hill, also known as "Trumpet Black" was a New Orleans jazz musician from a long linage of renown musicians. He spent time at the youth detention center and in prison early in his life, but upon release, returned to his roots and used his music and talent to mentor teens and support nonviolence in the city. He popularized the phrase “Trumpets Not Guns” through a song released in 2015. Travis Hill died tragically at the age of 28. His mother and relatives continue to carry on his legacy by actively staying involved in the schools that bear his name.

Our Core Design Elements

The Travis Hill Schools are student-centered, with an intensive focus on making school relevant and meaningful, on creating a culture of high achievement, and developing a school climate based on mutual respect and understanding.  We work closely with the custodial care staff at both the Youth Study Center and the Orleans Justice Center, 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.

02/06/2023
Travis Hill Schools
Position Description​   The Special Education Coordinator will be a cross-campus position, responsible for coordinating the eligibility and the development of Individual Education Plans for students with identified or suspected special education needs, coordinating with related service providers and monitoring progress toward IEP goals.  Additional responsibilities include working in a complex system and responding appropriately to multiple official and unofficial partners, including parents, staff, NOLA-PS, LDOE,  the city, and other collaborating agencies, schools and advocacy groups. This position reports to the Chief Academic Officer. For the right person, this is an ideal job.   Primary Responsibilities   Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:   Working with the Chief Academic Officer and the school staff to ensure all Travis Hill students receive the support necessary for their academic and socio-emotional development.  Directing...
02/06/2023
Travis Hill Schools
The Schools. The Background.​ ​ The Travis Hill Schools provide students detained at the Orleans Justice Center (OJC) and the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center (JJIC) with a high-quality education, rooted in restorative, trauma-informed care, a curricular and instructional design that emphasizes relevance, meaning, and engagement, and an approach to learning-centered around relationships, trust, and mutual accountability. The Travis Hill Schools also provide significant transition support for students when they return home by offering support with school placement and retention, workforce development, and ongoing, day-to-day case management.   We are currently looking for a Special Education teacher.   The Travis Hill Schools are run by BreakFree Education. BreakFree Education is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving schools in juvenile and criminal justice facilities across the nation. The first Travis School opened in August 2016 at the...
06/10/2022
Travis Hill Schools
The Schools. The Background.​ The Travis Hill Schools provide students detained at the Orleans Justice Center (OJC) and the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center (JJIC) with a high-quality education, rooted in restorative, trauma-informed care, a curricular and instructional design that emphasizes relevance, meaning, and engagement, and an approach to learning-centered around relationships, trust, and mutual accountability. The Travis Hill Schools also provide significant transition support for students when they return home by offering support with school placement and retention, workforce development, and ongoing, day-to-day case management.   We are currently looking for a generalist teacher and small group instructor who will serve as a floater and substitute teacher, will cover classes, work with students in small groups, and pitch in as needed .   The Travis Hill Schools are run by the BreakFree Education.  BreakFree is a nonprofit...