Helix Legal Academy offers unique pathways to opportunities that do not exist elsewhere in the city. The instructional vision of the legal academy is built around the five essential legal competencies: advocacy, argumentation, critical thinking, research, and negotiation. These competencies are reinforced throughout the school year. This emphasis on legal competencies is in addition to, rather than in place of, the legal academy’s focus on STEAM education. While students develop key legal competencies, engage with legal professionals, and immerse themselves in all three branches of government prominent in downtown Baton Rouge, they will also have a chance to develop STEAM-related skills through an elective that follows the Project Lead The Way curriculum. Helix Legal Academy is a middle school, offering a 6th and 7th grade class in the 2022-23 school year in downtown Baton Rouge. Next year, the Legal Academy will add an 8th grade and will complete its expansion as a full middle school in the 2023-24 school year.
Our culture motto is "Spread Love the Legal Way" and we truly believe in loving and embracing our students and teachers. We use a restorative justice model of discipline, that focuses on getting to the root of behaviors and equipping students with a toolkit to enhance decision making. Every student and family is personally met through home visits and other programming to immerse them in the Legal Way. Our leaders, Founding Principal Chastity George and Founding Assistant Principal Jason O'Dell, truly believe in creating a culture that creates future leaders.
Special Education Programming
At Helix Legal, we selected top Tier 1 Curricula to instruct our students. They focus on conceptual understanding, hands-on learning, and integrating the principles of law and STEAM. These high-level instructional materials will prepare our students to be problem solvers who can compete globally.
Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Special Education Programming
We believe the most successful interventions for students with disabilities, exceptionalities, or language barriers, employ intensive and reasonably individualized instruction, combined with careful, frequent monitoring of student progress. We also believe students who need accommodations should be in the general education classroom receiving core instruction from the subject expert teacher while at the same time receiving extra support. Full inclusion is our model. Furthermore, we will use research-based RTI methods and strategies to determine our students’ needs.
Helix Legal Academy is inspired and informed by the unique local assets around it. Situated in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge, the legal academy is only steps away from state and federal courthouses, dozens of law firms, the Louisiana Legislature, and City Hall and is centrally located to provide its students with real world exposure to the legal profession. While students develop key legal competencies, engage with legal professionals, and immerse themselves in all three branches of government prominent in downtown Baton Rouge, they will also have a chance to develop STEAM related skills through an elective that follows the Project Lead The Way curriculum.
English- Wit & Wisdom
Math- Eureka Math
Science- Amplify Science
STEAM Electives- Project Lead the Way
Law Electives- ThinkLaw
Student Support Services
Partnerships with Southern University Law Center, The Louis A. Martinet Society, Attuned Educational Partners, New Schools for Baton Rouge
We believe in creating a school economy that thrives on the community. When one community member is in error, it is our responsibility as a group to help them learn from their mistakes in order to be reflective, self-aware, and intentional about their future decisions. We tackle any consequences for actions, and move forward. We do not believe that mistakes define anyone, and we separate the offense from the person. In the event we are at an impasse with behavior issues, we engage the families to decide how to support that student to achieve social and emotional success.
Mock Trial, Moot Court, Robotics Club, Beta Club
We enhance our school curriculum with community partnerships. Currently, we have partnerships with Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge City Court, the Old State Capitol, the Louisiana State Capitol, the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, and others. These partnerships allow our students to learn more about their city and become civic minded. Additionally, each student is paired with a lawyer mentor who will guide them through school, life and beyond.
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