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Jefferson Parish schools make Newsweek list

Some of the nation’s best and brightest schools are right here in Jefferson Parish. That’s according to a list published by Newsweek on May 20th. The list, called “America’s Best High Schools 2012,” maps out the top 1,000 schools across the country. Three Jefferson Parish schools made the cut.

The Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy came in at number 141 on the list. It was followed by Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies at 208 and Thomas Jefferson in Gretna at 395.

The Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy just broke ground at Churchill Technology and Business Park back in November 2011. The new 102,000-square-foot facility will include three major classroom buildings, a cafeteria, and robotics and biotech laboratories. The school was opened on Jefferson Highway in 2004 as an incubator for high school students interested in pursuing careers in science and technology. The new school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.

“JEDCO is thrilled to see three Jefferson Parish schools on the list,” says executive director Lucien Gunter. “I’m especially excited to learn that one of those schools will be making its home right here at Churchill. Education is a major component in bringing economic success to the parish.”

The schools chosen for the Newsweek list had to meet a certain number of criteria. Newsweek chose schools based on graduation rate, college matriculation, the number of Advanced Placement (AP) tests taken per student at the school, the average SAT/ACT score, the average AP scores, and the number of AP classes offered per student.

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