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The Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education (FSME), a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, supports the New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School — Sci High — an open-access charter high school dedicated to excellence for all students.


Our goal is to raise $1,500 per student per year to supplement state/local funding in order to give our young people — and New Orleans' economic future — a competitive edge.

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Despite daunting statistics about U.S. education, our students succeed.  Sci High is one of a very few schools nationally with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that is also available to any student.  Our dropout rate is less than 1%, compared to 4% statewide, and we are among the top five public high schools in Orleans Parish, based on our academic performance and graduation rate.  We seek your support as we shape the future of New Orleans.
Because Sci High is housed in an outdated elementary school building, the former home of Allen School, the Foundation is working with many partners to acquire funds to plan, design, build and operate a LEED Silver, state-of-the-art school facility, ideally located within the BioDistrict, as the permanent home for the school. Needs include:
  • Design and construction costs for a new state-of-the-art facility
  • A "green" facility approved through LEED
    (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification
  • Furniture, fixtures and equipment, including science and lab equipment 
To support the work of the Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education, please contact Julie Bourgeois, Director of Development, at  We are also happy to receive support in the form of:
  • Internship sponsors
  • Corporate partners
  • In-kind donations
  • Pro-bono work (especially for communications support)
  • Volunteering
Click on the link below to download the Foundation's full '17-'18 Annual Report:
Click on the image to download the Foundation's full '16-'17 Annual Report:
FSME Board:
Robert Sternhell, Ph.D., President
Karen Buck, Secretary
Thomas Wiese, Ph.D., Treasurer
Nicholas Altiero, Ph.D.
Florence André
Nicolas Aziz
Barbara Beckman, Ph.D.


George Bernstein, Ph.D.

Melanie Boulet, Faculty Representative

Kristen Ponthier Engeron

Katie Hand

Bryan Lee

Sarah Martzolf

Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D.

Valerie J. McGinley

Stanton McNeely III, Ed.D.

Merisa A. Pasternak

Curtis Pellerin

Madalyn Schenk

Cedric Walker, Ph.D.

Kevin Wilkins

Cat Wong, Ph.D., PE, PMP