New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School

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New Orleans Charter Science & Math High School
5625 Loyola Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
School type Open enrollment charter high school
Motto Catalyst to Your Future
Founded 1993
School board Orleans Parish School District (charter school).
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 385 (Fall 2011)
Color(s) Royal blue and white
Mascot Nautilus

New Orleans Charter Science & Math High School is an open enrollment charter school in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Students commonly refer to the school as "SciHigh", "Science & Math", or vice versa, "Math and Science". The organization Advocates for Science and Mathematics Education governs the school, which is located in Uptown, in the former Allen Elementary School campus.[1] The school is supported in part by the Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advocates for "an open-admissions, rigorous, hands-on educational model paired with the belief that any student can succeed when provided with a safe and supportive environment."[2]

The school was founded in 1993 by Barbara MacPhee as a half day school focused on the rigorous instruction of mathematics and science. Students from any New Orleans Public School were able to enroll part-time at NOCSMHS and part-time at their "home" school. From its inception until Hurricane Katrina, the school was housed on the campus of Delgado Community College.

After Katrina, the school was chartered under the auspices of the Orleans Parish School Board as a full-day, grades 9-12 high school, offering instruction in all subjects, including English, social studies, and foreign language. Due to the damage Delgado received from Katrina, NOCSMHS moved to the building which housed the former Henry W. Allen Elementary School in the uptown New Orleans neighborhood.

In October 2010, the school met its performance growth goal by attaining a School Performance Score over 80.0, giving it a two-star rating.

The following year, in October 2011, the school far surpassed its growth goal, and earned a "B+" grade—the highest grade given to any open-enrollment school in the New Orleans area.

Student body[edit]

As of 2012, the school had 373 students in grades 9-12. The student body is 81% black, 13% white, 4% multi-ethnic, 1% Asian, and 1% Hispanic. 72% were eligible for free or reduced lunch.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "The Sci High Story." New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School. Retrieved on August 3, 2012.
  2. ^ "The Foundation for Science and Mathematics - Get Involved." Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education. Retrieved on January 18, 2015.

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