FirstLine’s 20th Anniversary

The 2018-19 school year marks the 20th year since New Orleans Charter Middle was awarded its charter by the state of Louisiana, becoming the city’s first charter school.

Founded by visionary educators, Jay Altman and Tony Recasner, NOCMS had become the top performing open admissions middle school in New Orleans by 2005, proving that it is possible to offer children a high quality public education. Because of its success the State of Louisiana asked Altman and Recasner to transform and revitalize the low-performing Samuel J. Green middle school, using the NOCMS model of whole child education. In post-Katrina 2006 Green became the flagship school of the city’s first homegrown charter management organization, FirstLine Schools, whose mission is to create and inspire great open-admissions public schools in New Orleans. FirstLine, now operating five K-8 schools and one high school, has been transforming the academic expectations, achievement, and aspirations of students for 20 years. We will celebrate that success at FirstLine’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on November 9th, 5 – 9 p.m., at Samuel J. Green Charter School, 2319 Valence Street. Click here to purchase tickets. Come celebrate with us!