• 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.

Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy remains an A rated school and earned a school performance score (SPS) of 137.2 on a 150 point scale during the 2015-2016 school year. Download our 2015-2016 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 third nine weeks ends on Friday, March 16, and report cards will be distributed on Friday, March 23. Students should remain mindful of their grades and upcoming standardized tests. Remember, you can access grades 24 hours a day on ECHO. We look forward to another packed house for the honor roll ceremonies on Monday, March 26, Tuesday, March 27, and Wednesday, March 28.

Middle school students will begin standardized testing in April. Please make sure your child is at school each day and on time, and that your child gets a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast each morning. I know all of our students are going to do great!

Our annual “Muffins with Mom” will take place on Thursday, March 15, for high school students and Friday, March 16 for the middle school. We appreciate all that our Taylor moms do for our students, and this is just a little way to say thank you.

Congratulations to Eduardo Paternostro, Tran Nguyen-Phoung, and Dominic Schuerer, who have been selected as finalists in the Patrick F. Taylor $100,000 scholarship. We are so proud of them and wish them the best of luck in the remainder of the process.



Patrick Taylor Academy receives an A from the state of Louisiana and ranks third in the state and second in the Jefferson Parish Public School System.

Patrick Taylor Academy received a grant from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation worth $1,666.67 to promote the science department and involvement in GNOSEF

The National Title I Association has named Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy a National Title I Distinguished School for 2016-2017. We are one of only two schools in Louisiana to receive this prestigious honor. Please see the full article on the JPPSS website

Patrick Taylor Academy receives an A from the state of Louisiana and ranks third in the state and second in the Jefferson Parish Public School System.

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. 2013-2014: 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

March 15: HS Muffins with Mom 7:30 am; Drain Label Field Trip (6th Grade Gifted & APES) 8:30—11:30 am
March 16: End of 3rd Marking Period; MS Muffins with Mom 7:30 am ; Top Ten Luncheon 11:30 am
March 17: LSU HS Math Competition 9:30 am—4 pm LSU Tureaud Hall
March 20: ACT Testing
March 22-24: Mu Alpha Theta State Convention Baton Rouge
March 22: Report Cards Issued; Science Extravaganza 9:30—11:30 am; Spring Play 7 pm
March 23: Science Extravaganza 9:30—11:30 am; Spring Play 7 pm
March 24: School Talent Show 7:30—9 pm
March 28: Honor Societies Induction Ceremony 5:30—7 pm
March 29: Senior Carnival
March 30—April 8: Spring Break



2017-2018 Supply Lists

LDOE Resources
If you are looking for more test-specific information or sample questions, the Louisiana Department of Education offers a wealth of resources on its website.

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Summer Reading information is available on the School Forms page.

Quint Adkins was named the most outstanding jazz musician of the year for District VI by the Louisiana Music Educators Association.

The Scholastic Writing Awards of Southeast Louisiana Inc.
Macie Jeansonne won a silver key in Science Fiction/Fantasy for her, Imagina and also won an honorable mention in short story for The Orphan Killer.
Paris Jackson won honorable mention in flash fiction for, Bliss.

2018 LSCL Team Chess Tournament
The Taylor team finished the tournament in 2nd place

Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair
Alexander Walker, Energy Chemical: 1st place
Laura Smith, Engineering Mechanics: 1st place
Dominic Scheurer, Animal Sciences: 2nd place
Tran Nguyen-Phuong, Behavioral &Social Science: 2nd place
Claire Hudson, Earth & Environmental Sciences: 3rd place
Jasmine McGowan, Energy: Chemical: 3rd place
Emily Kraus, Environmental Engineering: 3rd place
Logan Barrios, Behavioral & Social Science: 4th place
Patrick Grindstaff, Robotics & Intelligent Machines: 4th place

Gabby Alphonse was named Student of the Year for 8th grade.

Tran Nguyen-Phuong was named Student of the Year for 12th grade.

Jacob Leblanc, Laura Smith, and Holly Wilkinson were named National Merit Semi-Finalists.

Chris Otero earned a perfect score on the ACT.

More Awards and Honors...
Student Resources

Faculty & Staff

Amanda Godshaw (science) received 1st place for the James de la Houssaye Mentor Award at the Greater New Orleans Science & Engineering Fair (GNOSEF)

Caitlin Kingsley (social studies) was named 2019 Teacher of the Year

Caitlin Kingsley (social studies) was selected to participate in the National WWII Museum Summer Teacher Institute and was also selected to participate in the Civil Rights Movement graduate program through the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge in July 2018

Elizabeth Kahn (library) won the Louisiana Library Association James O. Modisette Award for excellence in the middle/high School program at the PFTSTA Library

Rebekah Kraus (science) won an Environmental Education Model Grant from the EPA for $5000.

Michelle Leonard (science) and Susie Klusendorf (math) received a Quality in Science and Mathematics (QSM) grant 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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DEADLINE for submission of applications: NOON on October 20, 2017.

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.

The school counselor is available to assist every student in grades 6 through 12 with their concerns about career planning, college placement, educational planning, testing, and any of their social and academic needs.

For more information, or to access forms and resources, please visit the counselor's web site.

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Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy has partnered with Parchment to order and send your transcript and other credentials securely.

Application Process

Applications for ASA admissions testing for the 2018-2019 school year will become available on Friday, September 22, 2017 on the JPPSS ASA Admissions web page, in the offices at all Jefferson Parish Public Schools, and at the JPPSS administration buildings at 501 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 70058 and 822 S. Clearview Pkwy., Elmwood, 70123.

The window for submitting applications for ASA admissions testing for the 2018-2019 school year will open at 8:00 am on Monday, September 25, 2017 and will close at noon on Friday, October 20, 2017.  Applications must be hand-delivered with all required documents to 501 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 70058, or to 822 S. Clearview Pkwy., Elmwood, 70123.

For more information on the admissions process, please visit the JPPSS ASA Admissions web page.


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

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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

The first semester of the 2017–2018 school year is drawing to a close. We have had a great first semes-ter, and I’m looking forward to what the rest of this school year will bring. We have just under two weeks left of the second nine week period, and final exams, which count for 25% of the student’s final average, will be given on December 19 and Decem-ber 20. Please make sure your child is aware of the importance of these exams and how much they are counted for in their final average. As always, you can check the status of your child’s progress 24 hours a day, seven days a week on Echo.
The dismissal time for both days will be at 11:15. Lunch will be available for students to pick up from the cafeteria from 10:30—11 if they would like to eat before leaving for the day.
Congratulations to Tran Nguyen-Phuong, who was selected as the high school student of the year and to Gabby Alphonse, who was selected as the middle school student of the year. Many students were nominated for this prestigious honor by the teachers. We surprised the students with their families in November. We wish them the best of luck going forward in the district competition.
Final Exam Schedule
Tuesday, December 19
Report to Study Hall—7:20
1st Period Exam - 7:40—9:25
2nd Period Exam - 9:30—11:15*
Dismissal - 11:15
Wednesday, December 20
Report to Study Hall—7:20
3rd Period Exam - 7:40—9:25
4th Period Exam- 9:30—11:15*
Dismissal - 11:15
*From 10:30—11:00 lunch will be available in the cafeteria for students to pick up and bring back to the classroom