Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education

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A Track Record of Accomplishment

Our roots reach back to Sci High's founding 21 years ago as a half-day program by then-principal Barbara MacPhee in conjunction with faculty members from Tulane and Southern universities. After Hurricane Katrina, it was the first high school to open on the East Bank, offering a comprehensive full-day curriculum open to all students. Sci High's focus is clear––to provide a rigorous educational environment with an emphasis on high-demand science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields to all students who seek them.

Fast Facts about Sci High


To prepare under-served New Orleans students for college and career success through a rigorous school culture that emphasizes academic success and science and mathematics education.


The Nautilus, which represents both Sci High and the Foundation, stands for meaningful growth and lasting connection. Ancient Greeks believed the chambered nautilus spiral to be a symbol of perfection.


Uptown: 5625 Loyola Avenue

Student Population

  • 94% graduation rate
  • 393 students in grades 9-12
  • 47% male, 53% female
  • 80% African American
  • 77% eligible for free or reduced lunch
  • 15% ECS or 504 (academic or behavioral plans)
  • 9% homeless

Charter School Authorizer

Orleans Parish School Board

After-School Activities

After-school activities range from debate to improvisation, robotics to kung fu. Class specific tutoring & ACT Prep. After School programming is coordinated by Greg Wilson. Summer internships (over three dozen in summer of 2013!) are coordinated by Jennifer Naum.

College Trips

National and statewide tours of Louisiana colleges and universities