• 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 Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, in partnership with the business community and local universities, is devoted to providing a challenging, rigorous learning environment in which academically capable students pursue advanced studies with an emphasis on science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.

Our Goal

Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy is a unique public school offering a comprehensive college preparatory program emphasizing the sciences, mathematics, and technology. 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. Please click here for the full list and article.

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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.


Please make sure you are aware of your child’s situation in each of the classes he/she is taking this semester. As always, you can check the status of your child’s progress at Taylor anytime of the day by logging onto ECHO. Interim Reports will be distributed on Friday, November 13. The second nine week period will end with exams, which are worth 25% of the final grade. Please make sure your child is prepared to take each exam.


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.


PARCC preliminary scores were released last week, and they look great! Student reports will be released November 9. Since this is a new type of assessment, the Louisiana Department of Education has released many different resources to help parents navigate and understand these new reports. For more information, visit the LDOE Family Support Toolbox. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us. The Class of 2016 will graduate on Saturday, May 14 at 2:00 PM at the Alario Center. .


Summer Reading information is available on the School Forms page.
Congratulations to the following students:
Kayla Tarr who was selected as the high school student of the year, and Metaxenia Evangeloulis who was selected as the middle school student of the year by the faculty.
Kayla Tarr, National Merit Finalist and Quentin Andrus, Colin Bardwell, and Kayla Tarr who were named National Merit Semi-Finalists.
More Awards and Honors...
Student Resources

Faculty & Staff

Jasmine Hernandez (counselor) was named the Multi-level School Counselor of the Year by the Louisiana School Counselor Association.
Angela Guthrie (math) was named the 2014 Outstanding High School Mathematics Teacher by the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics (LATM).
Cheryl Bordelon (ELA) was named PFTSTA Teacher of the Year.
Kelly Maher (technology) was named LACUE Educator of the Year for Region 1
More Awards and Honors...
Teacher Resources

Click here to view the PFTSTA Calendar on a mobile device


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

The Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) Advanced Study Academies (ASA) will hold a 2016-2017 application period from September 28 to October 30, 2015. Applications will be made available on September 25 on the ASA page of the JPPSS website, at all JPPSS schools, and at the JPPSS Administration Building at 501 Manhattan Blvd. in Harvey. For more information please visit the admissions page of Jefferson Parish Public School's ASA web site

Deadline: 12:00 NOON on Friday, October 23, 2015.

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.

Boys Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track & Field

Girls Sports

  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Visit http://patricktaylorathletics.org/ for more information

  • 4H Middle School
  • 4H High School
  • Academic Games
  • Band
  • Bookmarked
  • BRiMS
  • Chi Alpha Mu
  • District/State Rally
  • Environmental Science
  • French Club
  • GiST
  • HOSA
  • Key Club
  • Literary Club
  • Makerspace
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • Multicultural Club
  • National Honor Society
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Photography
  • Quiz Bowl
  • SAFE
  • Science Fair
  • SGA
  • Speech & Debate
  • Taylor Tube
  • TedEd
  • Yearbook
  • Youth Alive

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: ngunderson@pftsta.jppss.k12.la.us
Cafeteria Phone: 504-561-3311