• 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.


The end of the school year is approaching quickly, but students still need to be mindful of their grades and standardized testing. Remember, grades can be accessed 24 hours a day by going to: http://echo.newtechnetwork.org.
Interim reports for the final quarter of the school year will be distributed on Friday, April 22.
LEAP testing, which will assess ELA, Math, and Social Studies for the middle school students, will take place from April 25 - 28. EOC testing will take place during the month of May for the subject areas of Geometry, Biology, English III, and Algebra I. Please make sure your child is at school each day and on time. Make sure she gets a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast each morning.
The Class of 2016 will graduate on Saturday, May 14 at 2 PM at the Alario Center.


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
April 11—15 Student Council Week
April 11 AP Chemistry Field Trip
April 13 MS Muffins with Mom 7:30 AM; Talent Art Field Trip to NOMA
April 15 MS Dance 7—10 PM
April 19 HS Muffins with Mom 7:30 AM
April 20 Cycle 4 of 7th Grade Elective Begins April 21 School Board Meeting (Seniors Recognized); 6 PM Co-op Meeting 6:30 PM; PFTSTA Play 7:30—9:30 PM
April 22 Interim Reports Issued; Senior Crawfish Boil 12—1 PM; PFTSTA Play 7:30—9:30 PM
April 23 PFTSTA Play 7:30—9:30 PM
April 24 Senior Dinner with Mrs. Taylor Pavilion in City Park 5—7 PM
April 25 Tulane Outreach Program Field Trip April 25—29 LEAP 2016
April 27 Student Spirit Shirt Day
April 29 College T-Shirt Day for Seniors and Staff; Senior Carnival; Trivia Night 6—7 PM
May 2 Co-op Luncheon; AP Chemistry Exam 8 AM; AP Psychology Exam 12 PM; Athletic Banquet 6 PM
May 2—6 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 3 Senior Award Night 6:30 PM
May 4 NJHS Induction Ceremony 6—7 PM
May 5 AP Calculus Exam 8 AM; Senior Party: Cinco de Mayo 12 PM
May 6 Graduation Practice 7:30—8:30 AM; AP US History Exam 8 AM
May 7 Prom


Thanks to all who supported the Gala on Saturday, March 5, 2016. It was a huge success.
Middle school students will take LEAP 2016 the week of April 25- 29. We will have an informational session on LEAP 2016 on March 22, 2016 from 6 – 7 pm at school.
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 Emily Kraus, who was selected as the middle student of the year, and to Madison Pierce, who was selected as the high school student of the year. Many students were nominated for this prestigious honor by the teachers. Students nominated had to write an essay and complete a packet which showcased their leadership qualities, outlined their service to the community, and listed awards and honors they have received.
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.
Scott Theriot (theatre) 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

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

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.

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