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Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy

Public | 6-12 | 350 students

 

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Posted August 19, 2014

This is a great school! I will definitely send my son here next year! I was only wondering if there is bus service from this school to Kenner. If so how long does it take and what route does the bus take - Huey Long or downtown, since this will add to the travel time. If any current parents have any experience with this please let me know. I really appreciate it! A parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2014

IS A GREAT SCHOOL AND I WILL BE GLAD TO ENROLL MY DAUGHTER NEXT SCHOOL YEAR SHE WILL BE IN THE 8TH GRADE
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2013

Patrick Taylor has a great student:teacher ratio and the teachers are top-notch. My child is challenged and LOVES school! The new facility is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

Patrick Taylor has a well rounded curriculum with enthusiastic faculty, staff, and student body. The school has a successful and purpose driven mission to educate students and expose them to the most current technological resources, both in and outside of the classroom. Faculty members consistently work at continuing their own educations, which prepares them and the students for the future. Faculty members are also committed to seeking funding and educational experiences from outside sources to expose the students to a variety of subjects to help them select their future careers. I am very glad that we chose this school for our child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

PFTSTA is an outstanding school! It has all the tools in place to enable a child to be successful in the growing technological workplace - strong academic curriculum focused on bringing out the best in each student, adequate resources to test each child's capabilities, and faculty that posess the desire to educate and grow each student beyond what any parent/guardian could ever expect. The school fosters an enriching learning environment and has each child's interest at the forefront. With state of the art facilities and teaching labs, my child certainly has the best of what this area has to offer at their fingertips.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

Patrick Taylor has provided many opportunities for my son to connect with different colleges. The school has provided him with an excellent education and prepared him for college and independency as a young man. The faculty and staff do more than just teach and work at school. They go above and beyond for each student to excel in their own way. The project based learning is fundamental in preparing for everyday living after high school and during future careers. I'm so happy that my son is a Taylor Tiger and I am a proud Taylor Parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

I am really impressed with Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy. The faculty and staff really care about the children and what they accomplish. It's a very challenging school but the kids definitely come away better for the experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

Patrick Taylor is innovative, motivating and on the cutting edge of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. It's leadership and opportunities are there for all students to embrace. Parent involvement has grown our Co-op to over 500 members. Our staff, teacher and most of all Mrs. Zapico (principal) is readily available for everyone. Our children are getting the best education the state of Louisiana has to offer. Our children are quality, prime-rib, the best of the best. We are a public school so funding can be challenging, but I can guarantee this will be your best donation, wisely spent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

We love everything about this school. My child is getting a great education in a wonderful environment. My younger child is looking forward to going to this school in 2 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

This is a first class public school! I had one son graduate in the first graduating class in 2009 and another son is in 10th grade. The opportunities that are available to the students you cannot get at any other public school. The small school size and the wonderful teachers enhance the educational experience you receive while enrolled at this wonderful school. I cannot brag enough about it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

My daughter started at Patrick Taylor this year. She loves the school. The principal and teachers are all very involved with the students. You can tell the teachers are there to teach and help the students not to earn a paycheck. They also have a program where the seniors have a sixth grade buddy. My daughter loves getting to spend time with her senior. She lives her teachers and the fact that they make learning fun. She feels this is the best choice for her. She wanted to move back to where we used to live when she was young for her junior and senior year to go to the college she wants to go to without having to pay out of state tuition now she says she's not leaving her school she loves it so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2013

My son started at PFTSTA this year in the ninth grade. We are really impressed by the campus and teachers that we have met. My son is very happy and says it has been a great choice. I am surprised at the difficulty level of homework , but he seems to have no trouble with his homework. I attribute this to good teachers and an environment conductive to learning. We are very happy with our choice of PFTSTA and feel that out son is getting an excellent education. I went to the co-op meeting and was thrilled to see the number of parents at the meeting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

PFTSTA is an excellent school, providing a rigorous curriculum for grades 6-12. Our son is currently a 6th grader at this school, and we love that his teachers strike the right balance for sixth graders making the difficult transition from grade school to middle school. At the same time, they are preparing the students for the years ahead in high school. There are a large number of AP classes available for high school students, and students learn about technology starting in the sixth grade with a class that not only teaches them computer skills, but also safety. As a small school, it feels like family, with small class sizes and involved parents. We are thrilled with the academic rigor that is balanced with a real concern for the students as individuals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

What an amazing school! The teachers and adminstration are first rate. I have a son who graduation from the school two years ago and a daughter who is currently a junior. They have each received a top notch education. The social issues that are prevalent at other public high schools do not exist at this school - bullying, alcohol and drug abuse, etc. The children feel safe, valued and appreciated. They are now in a state of the art facility. This school is a crown jewel in Jefferson Parish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

Our daughter has been a student here for just over a year now. We couldn't be happier. The staff truly cares about the students and their success to a level I have never before experienced. Everyone - students and staff alike - is here because they *want* to be here, not because they have to be. Ms. Zapico has done a wonderful job of fostering an environment where all students are welcomed and encouraged. I would urge anyone looking for an advanced studies academy in the area to take a long, hard look at PFTSTA - it's been an incredible opportunity for our daughter! And an incredible opportunity for us, as a family, to be fully involved and invested in our child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

My daughter started her this year in sixth grade, it has been an easy transition to the middle school atmosphere. The school's new campus is complimented by a very caring and dedicated staff. The school is an excellent choice for advanced academic curriculum. I am truly gratefull my daughter has the opportunity to part of something so well put together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

It has been exciting to see this wonderful school grow into such an amazing place for young people with a proficiency in math and science. The new facility is amazing! Graduates from this school earn many scholarships and are more than prepared for college!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

My son can enjoy being smart here and feel in like company. The teachers challenge the kids to aspire to fulfilling careers by not only getting them well primed for college but meshing advanced education with the life skills of cooperative teamwork and public speaking. The beautiful new campus clearly reflects this school's mission to have it's students "armed and ready" for their promising futures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

Small enrollment results in a close-knit community of students and faculty. My son is getting a top-notch education, already learning basic engineering principles in 7th grade! There is great pride in the school, an emphasis on community service, and many opportunities for extra-curricular involvement. I am proud that my child is a Taylor Tiger!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2011

This school only caters to one type of student. Unfortunately, if you're not that type, you'll have trouble succeeding at PFTSTA. As a student, I felt that I wasn't allowed to be just that -- a student. In the 7th grade they expected us to be adults and treated us like we were dumb if we showed any sort of a childlike personality. The teachers and administrators were not open to every type of person. My faith was constantly being tested and I actually had a faculty member get very angry at my mother and I because I was too shy. There are a ton of students and parents who love this school and I'm sure it opens up many doors academically. But please keep in mind that schools are about more than just academics.


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 70% in 2013.

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The state average for Social Studies was 68% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 69% in 2013.

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The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 64% in 2010.

24 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2010.

24 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 69% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program for the 21st Century (LEAP 21) to assess students in grades 4 and 8 in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The LEAP 21 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 82% in 2013.

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The state average for Biology I was 87% in 2013.

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The state average for English II was 93% in 2013.

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The state average for English III was 88% in 2013.

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In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the End-Of-Course (EOC) tests to test grade high school students in English 2, English 3, biology 1, algebra 1 and geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The EOC is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

Source: LA Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 55% 47%
Black 20% 45%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 1%
Hispanic 10% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Jaime Zapico
Fax number
  • (504) 838-7029

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country

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Music
  • Band
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