• 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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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.


Congratulations to all of the students who made the honor roll for the first nine week period! The faculty and staff know how challenging the work is at Taylor and to make the honor roll is a huge accomplishment. Please see a list of all of the students who made the honor roll in the newsletter.

It was great to see all of our dads at the annual Donuts with Dad event. We can't wait to visit with our moms at the annual Muffins with Mom event in the spring.

Interim reports will be sent home on Wednesday, November 15. Please ask your child for this important document. 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.

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 16 at 6:00 PM. A big thank you to our PTO for all that they have done for us this school year.

Lastly, we all have so much to be grateful for during the upcoming holiday season. The Taylor staff and faculty wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!



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

Nov. 9: Talented Art Field Trip to SELU
Nov. 9-11: Fall Play: “The Election” 7:00 - 9:00 PM @ PFTSTA
Nov. 13: Varsity Cross-Country State Championship Northwestern University
Nov. 15: Interim Reports Issued
Nov. 15-16: Varsity Swimming State Championship Sulphur, LA
Nov. 16: PTO Meeting 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Nov. 16-19: Washington D.C. Trip
Nov. 20-24: Thanksgiving Break (No School)
Nov. 29: Gala Meeting
Dec. 2: SAT Test Day
Dec. 4: English II EOC Part 1
Dec. 5: English II EOC Part
Dec. 6: Biology EOC
Dec. 7: Senior Picture Day; Geometry EOC Part 1
Dec. 8: Geometry EOC Part 2; Blood Center Blood Drive
Dec. 9: ACT Test Day



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Summer Reading information is available on the School Forms page.

Congratulations to Stefan Suazo who was selected as the JPPSS high school student of the year and to Myles Mackie who was selected as the JPPSS middle school student of the year.

Congratulations to our current National Merit Semi-finalists: Jacob LeBlanc, Holly Wilkison, and Laura Smith

Julia Hutto (alto Saxophone) and Canon Adkins (trumpet) were selected to the District VI Concert Honor Band.

The middle school robotics team (Maverick Becnel, Carlos Castillion, Colin Doherty, Stephen Edward, Asher Jolley, Alex Kraus, Myles Mackie, Robert Mouledoux, Kyle Smith, and Javier Torres) won the Best Innovative Solution Award at the Louisiana First Lego League tournament for their project titled Overfishing in Louisiana.

Dareana Roy was selected as a POSSE Scholar and will receive a full scholarship to attend Illinois Wesleyan University.

Raeven Mataya was matched to the University of Virginia through the QuestBridge National College Match program and will receive a scholarship to cover the full cost of a four year program there.

Tran Nguyen was selected for the The ADL (Anti-Defamation League) Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission. She will attend the ADL’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute in Washington D.C. with juniors from across the country.

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Faculty & Staff

Susanna Klusendorf (math) was named Middle School Teacher of the Year Region 1 by the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE).

Maggie Grindstaff (ELA) was named the 2018 Teacher of the Year.

Lisa Valence (math) and Susie Klusendorf (math) received a Quality in Science and Mathematics (QSM) grant for 2016-17 to purchase new math materials for their classrooms.

Amanda Godshaw (science) was recognized at the Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair with a 2nd place for the James de la Houssaye Mentor Award, based on nominations from her students. She was also selected as a mentor to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, CA with student Mason Varuso.

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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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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.


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

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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