The New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School

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New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School is an open-admission public charter school that prepares all students for college admissions and successful careers. Sci High provides rigorous high school curriculum with an emphasis in science and mathematics in a supportive environment of learning and respect that prepares students to make informed choices about post-secondary pursuits.


What We Believe

As members of the Sci High community, we believe that:

  1. ALL students can learn and prepare themselves for college admissions and success as productive members of society.
  2. ALL stakeholders – staff, teachers, students and parents – must agree that quality education is their shared responsibility.
  3. ALL stakeholders must be committed to high quality standards and expectations – of themselves and each other.
  4. Learning is a process of continuous improvement for ALL stakeholders.
  5. Effective collaboration and communication are essential to the success of our school.
  6. Diversity enriches our school community.
  7. A safe, supportive learning environment is critical to our students’ achievement.

How We Define Success

Students who graduate from Sci High will be well-grounded in the study of life sciences, physical sciences and mathematics, and be able to show mastery of all academic core content areas in line with college readiness.  Just as important, Sci High students will lead and act with integrity and honesty in all pursuits.  They will be self-disciplined and self-directed, and will work together for the support and growth of each individual in the school and greater community.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Sci High prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, or associational preference. Sci High affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to facilities according to local procedures. For additional information, contact the school principals' office or the Office of the Superintendent.


Since our founding in 1993, our mission has never changed: we will accept any student willing to work hard and learn to think by observing and gathering evidence before making conclusions (aka “the scientific method”). We are dedicated to preparing students for choices after graduation: 2-4 year college, career, or national service. We focus on math and science because those are the career fields of the future. Our graduates are all over the world in a variety of fields, with many in computer technology and engineering. They write to thank us for making them persist when the going got tough. You will, too.

– Founding principal Barbara McPhee