FirstLine creates a culture of high expectations for academic achievement and behavior through innovative, hands-on programming that provides our students with a variety of enriching experiences that foster social and emotional development and inspire a sense of adventure.
We prepare students for college and fulfilling careers by providing students with a whole-child focused education based on three anchors:
Mind - Able to succeed in rigorous academic classes by developing a love of learning and enthusiasm for each subject, a solid foundation of basic skills, strong critical problem-solving skills, conceptual understanding, and intellectual perseverance, curiosity, and creativity
Body - Strong in body and ready to learn in class - physically fit, healthy eating habits, sleep, regular cardio activity to increase cognitive development, and opportunities for movement throughout the day to improve classroom readiness to learn and reduce ADHD symptoms
Spirit - Individual spirit (positive character traits and mental health) and community spirit (healthy relationships with friends, teachers, parents, and surrounding community), and school spirit
Student Support Services: Currently our Social /Emotional Learning and Development Program provides trauma-informed and -sensitive systems of care that best support our students and families. We are implementing the Nashville-based Valor Academies social and emotional learning (SEL) model, which includes teacher and staff adult social and emotional practices, to create a strong foundation for future SEL work with students.
Teacher Prep Day and Personalized Learning: Our Teacher Prep Day program is an intensive professional development program that provides our teachers with collaborative professional development and planning time at least twice per month to improve the quality of instruction significantly across all of our K-8 classrooms.
Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESYNOLA): ESYNOLA provides our students with a hands-on garden science and culinary education classes, while also cultivating healthy eating habits. In addition to teaching students culinary skills and nutrition, ESYNOLA incorporates core academics into its curriculum and invites the families of students and the community to learn more about good food via demonstrations in our gardens and teaching kitchens and numerous events throughout the school year that are provided in partnership with chefs, farmers, and other community partners.