• Welcome to
    Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy


  • "Taylor"-ing Education to Prepare Students for the Digital Age


  • Providing enriched instruction in mathematics, science, and technology


Who Are We

Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy provides enriched instruction in mathematics, science, and technology in an academically challenging, college preparatory environment. Teachers engage students with research-based practices to develop 21st century skills such as cooperative and collaborative learning and technology integration. Teachers develop curricula guided by school-wide learning outcomes in conjunction with a national network of educators on the forefront of project-based learning in an environment supported by technology similar to the business world.

Our Mission

The mission of Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy is to provide a rigorous learning environment that assures college-readiness, while fostering leadership and encouraging community involvement for all students.

Our Goal

Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy is a unique public school offering a comprehensive college preparatory program emphasizing STEAM. Taylor provides an environment of academic rigor within a school culture of respect and responsibility.

Our Approach

Our small learning environment supports the social, emotional, and educational needs of students. The expectation of professional personal conduct is evident throughout the school in the responsibilities afforded student leaders and shared governance among the faculty and staff. Through an advisory program and low teacher-student ratio, teachers develop long-term relationships with small groups of students. Further, opportunities for career planning and work experience are available through mentorship opportunities for students who excel academically.

Our Process

Commitments and goals are expressed in school-wide learning outcomes (SWLO), a set of goals for learning valued by all members of the academic community. Academic rigor requires both student and parent commitment to intellectual curiosity through critical thinking. A culture of respect acknowledges the importance and value of each individual within our school community. Responsibility necessitates that each student participate fully in the school culture and curriculum designed to accomplish school-wide learning outcomes.

Our Rockstar Faculty

The teachers and staff at Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy are all highly qualified, dedicated professionals. For a complete list of our faculty, click here.


Students are offered an ambitious and rigorous curriculum based on Common Core Standards and further supplemented by Jefferson Parish honors requirements. The curriculum is designed to foster higher order thinking through core academic subjects taught, with the eighth graders earning Carnegie units to allow for acceleration. In junior and senior years, advanced placement and college level classes are provided. Taylor Academy offers a well-rounded course of study that allows students the opportunity to develop special interests and talents in science, math, and technology. Honors credit in any subject is forfeited when the student fails to meet the Jefferson Parish honors requirements. Honors credit is issued at the end of course after all requirements are met. For a complete list of the courses we offer, as well as their description, please see our course catalog. Students should refer to the Student Handbook for additonal information.

Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy was ranked first in Jefferson Parish and second in the state of Louisiana for the 2013-2014 school year. The school earned a school performance score (SPS) of 138 on a 150 point scale. Download our school report card.

Patrick Taylor was also ranked number 46 on the 2014 list of top high schools in the US by the Daily Beast! This is a huge accomplishment for the students, the parents, and the staff of Patrick Taylor.

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What's new

Congratulations to Ms. Jaime Zapico, who has been selected as the Jefferson Parish High School Principal of the Year! Ms. Zapico was previously chosen as the Middle School Principal of the Year in 2013. She works hard to provide excellent educational opportunities for the students of Patrick Taylor Academy.


The end of the first nine weeks is Thursday, October 13, and report cards will be distributed on Wednesday, October 19. As always, you can check the status of your child’s progress anytime on ECHO at http://pftsta.echo-ntn.org/. We hope to have standing room only at our upcoming Honor Roll Breakfasts.

PSAT testing is also on Wednesday, October 19, for all juniors, sophomores, and freshmen. The PSAT is one criterion that is used to determine national merit finalists. Our current National Merit Semi-finalists, seniors, Henry Hazlett and Stefan Suazo, were recognized at the Jefferson Parish School Board meeting on Tuesday, October 4.

The annual Prospective Student Open House is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, from 5:00 – 7:00.

Finally, on September 13, Mrs. Phyllis Taylor visited the students and toured the Fabrication Lab and celebrated her biirthday. It was a very special occasion.



Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy is ranked 49th in Daily Beast/Newsweek’s America’s Best High Schools and first in the state of Louisiana. Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy receives an A from the state of Louisiana and ranks second in the state and first in the Jefferson Parish Public Schools. Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy is ranked in Niche.com Best Public High Schools as fourth in the state of Louisiana and third in the metro New Orleans area.


Upcoming Events

Oct. 7 Academic Games—Propaganda Grace King H;S 8:00 AM—1:00 PM Blood Drive 10:00 AM—2:00 PM
Oct. 10 Staff and student holiday — no school
Oct. 11-14 Teen READ Week
Oct. 11 Open House Practice for Tour Guides 2:40—3:40 PM
Oct. 19 Report Cards Issued
Oct. 21 Smoothie King Day; Academic Games—6th Grade Equations and Propaganda Joshua Butler Elementary 9:00 AM—12:30 PM; Freaky Friday Dance (MS) 7:00—10:00 PM
Oct. 26 Late Take-in Day (9:50 AM start); PFTSTA Spirit Shirt Day
Oct. 28 Grandparents Bake Sale
Oct. 29 Ben Franklin Math Tournament Benjamin Franklin HS
Nov. 1 No School for Students; Teacher Professional Development Day 11 AM—4 PM; Parent Conferences 4:00—7:00 PM
Nov. 2 HS Donuts with Dad 7:30—8:00 AM
Nov. 3 MS Donuts with Dad 7:30—8:00 AM


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During the week of October 24-28, students in grade 8 will be participating in this important study. Please feel free to contact Ms. Zapico with any questions. If you do not want your child to take part, please send her a brief letter to this effect.
The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) has provided the following PARCC Parent Resources:
PARCC Parent Resource Packet for Districts
Parent Guide to PARCC Student Results
Parent Conversation Guide for Teachers
PARCC Results Parent Night Presentation
For more information, visit the LDOE Family Support Toolbox
Parent Resources
Our annual “Muffins with Mom” event will be held on Wednesday, April 13, for middle school and Tuesday, April 19, for high school moms. Both events will take place from 7:30 – 8:00 AM, in the school cafeteria.


Summer Reading information is available on the School Forms page.

Congratulations to our current National Merit Semi-finalists, seniors, Henry Hazlett and Stefan Suazo, were recognized at the Jefferson Parish School Board meeting on Tuesday, October 4.

Congratulations to The PFTSTA Girls’ Cross Country team, who won the Jefferson Parish Championship, and to Saige Christen and Ryan Boudreaux, our 2016 Cross Country District Champions. 

Need service hours?
Tour de Jefferson islooking for volunteers on Sunday, October 23. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Zapico.

Math Tournament, at Ben Franklin, on October 29.

Free after school tutoring for juniors and seniors on ACT prep. Work with Ms. Klusendorf and Ms. Allison on math and science skills for ACT. Check Paw Prints for more information.

More Awards and Honors...
Student Resources

Faculty & Staff

Janell Simpson (science) won the James de la Houssaye Mentor Award ($1000 + $1000 for school), Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Award for student research ($1250), American Petroleum Institute Mentor Award ($75) at the annual Greater New Orleans Science Fair (GNOSEF).
Amanda Allison (science), Susanna Klusendorf (math), and Kelly Maher (technology) and Brad Womack (PE) all received Donors’ Choose grants to fund special projects in their classrooms.
Maggie Grindstaff (ELA) was named the teacher of the year.
Jaime Zapico (principal) was named Educator of the Year Region 1 by the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE).
Lisa Valence (math), Maggie Grindstaff (math), and Susie Klusendorf (math) received a Quality in Science and Mathematics (QSM) grant for 2015-16 to purchase new math materials for their classrooms.
More Awards and Honors...
Teacher Resources

Phyllis M. Taylor fab Lab

At Patrick Taylor Academy, science, technology, engineering, art and math all come together through hands-on learning in the Phyllis M. Taylor Fab Lab. A fab lab is a state of the art digital design and fabrication facility based on applied learning concepts developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Innovation and collaborative problem solving are key skills for virtually any 21st century career, yet many high school students graduate without having ever designed a solution or built a working prototype. The Phyllis M. Taylor Fab Lab is a space where this type of experience occurs daily. In the Fab Lab, students are able to dream up, design and create almost anything. By combining experimentation and innovation with state of the art technology, our students turn their concepts from imagination into reality. Patrick F. Taylor Academy is the first and currently the only high school in the State of Louisiana with a fab lab.

Built and equipped with the generous support of Mrs. Taylor and the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, our fab lab houses three-dimensional (3D) printers, vinyl cutters, an Epilogue laser cutter/engraver, hand-tools, a host of design software and rapid proto-typing resources. Throughout the summer and fall of 2016, we will be adding additional machines and capabilities to the lab. This will include a milling machine, a computer-guided router, and additional 3D printing technologies. For more information about the Phyllis M. Taylor Fab Lab, contact fablab@pftsta.jppss.k12.la.us

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The application period for the 2015-2016 school year is currently closed. Results from fall testing were sent out February 5, 2015.

Counselor's Corner

Our mission is to create a safe and open environment that meets the academic, social, emotional, creative, and physical needs of all students so they can learn, continuously improve, and meet the challenges of an ever-changing society. Visit Ms. Hernandez's web site for more information about counseling and college and career planning.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted for the 2017-2018 school year from Tuesday, October 11, 2016 until noon Friday, November 4, 2016.

Applications will be available on Friday, October 7, 2016 in the offices of all Jefferson Parish Public Schools.

Admissions Information Nights will also be held from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM on October 5, 2016, at 501 Manhattan and on October 6, 2016 at Bonnabel.

For more information, please visit the ASA Admissions Web Page: http://jpschools.org/asa.

PFTSTA Library

The library has been designed for 24/7 access. Visit online to see what is in the print collection; find electronic resources; read about library special events and activities; get help with research and citations; and discover new and interesting literature for tweens and teens.


Search print and electronic resources


Read about classroom collaborations and all library special events


All databases are password protected. See Ms. Kahn for access.

Copyright Free Resources

Find links to help you with class assignments and projects

College Prep

Helpful resources for college application, scholarships, and testing

PFTSTA Library Facebook

Follow the PFTSTA Library on Facebook.

Extracurricular Activities

Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy offers a variety of sports and clubs to both middle and high school students. These extracurricular activities promote leadership, responsibility, and collaboration skills, while helping to foster relationships and reinforce Taylor's unity throughout the school year.


Taylor promotes academics above all, but we have quite a remarkable history as part of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA). Several of our sports teams have gone to the State Playoffs numerous times.


Taylor's clubs promote learning and competition. Each club is sponsored by a teacher that cares about the students and what the club stands for. Students travel around the state of Louisiana to compete for titles for our school.

Get In Touch With Us

Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy
701 Churchill Parkway
Avondale, LA 70094

Phone: (504) 838-2249
Fax: (504) 436-0257

Principal's email: jzapico@pftsta.jppss.k12.la.us
Main office email: apoole@pftsta.jppss.k12.la.us
Cafeteria Phone: 504-561-3311