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Jefferson Parish Schools Rank in U.S. News List

When it comes to school rankings, several Jefferson Parish high schools get top marks. U.S. News and World Report recently released the 2013 Best High Schools Rankings. Four local schools made the list.

The Haynes Academy School for Advanced Students came in at #138 on the list, earning a gold medal along with the prestigious ranking. It was followed by the Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy (#826) and the Thomas Jefferson School for Advanced Students (#1028). Both schools received silver medals. Fisher Middle/High School in Lafitte was granted a bronze medal and national recognition.

The Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy is set to undergo a major transition at the start of the next school year.  The magnet school for students interested in pursuing careers in science and technology will open a brand new facility at the Churchill Technology and Business Park in the fall of 2013. Located directly across the street from the JEDCO Administrative offices, the 102,000-square foot facility will house three major classroom buildings, robotics and biotech laboratories and a large cafeteria. The school is currently located on Jefferson Highway.

“I am thrilled to see that several of our Jefferson Parish schools have received such excellent recognition,” says JEDCO Executive Director Jerry Bologna. “Education is the backbone of a community and these schools showcase the excellence found within thriving Jefferson Parish.”

U.S. News and World Report collected data on more than 21,000 public high schools throughout the entire country. Those schools were evaluated on overall student performance, performance on Advanced Placement exams and the effectiveness of the education provided to black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students.

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