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The post-Katrina public high school situation dictated a different model for SciHigh. There were only four public high schools open after the flood. Previously, there had been 22, all of which had served as feeder schools for Sci High. The demand for a half-day program had been destroyed. Therefore, in October, 2005, a mere 60 days after the collapse of the New Orleans levee system, The Advocates for Science & Mathematics Education, Inc. applied for and was granted a Type III charter by the Orleans Parish School Board. Now the founding Advocates had the full responsibility for finances and operations of their successful model.
Responding to the new environment, the half-day program became a full-day program offering all subjects that are required for graduation. The high school moved from the Delgado campus to Allen School, a former elementary building, at the corner of Nashville and Loyola avenues.
Founded in 1993 the New Orleans Center for Science & Math (SciHigh) operated as a half day program within the Orleans Parish School System offering specialized instruction in science, math, and technology, and providing an open door to any interested New Orleans high school student. Students attended partner schools for their other graduation requirements. The guiding principle: that students with a broad range of scholastic aptitudes can master science and mathematics concepts and information at a high level given the proper culture, faculty and school leader.
Sci High students proved us right, consistently doing as well or better than students in the selective Orleans Parish magnet schools, even though we were not selective in our admissions. They gave us evidence that even those students with weak academic preparation and a broad range of scholastic aptitudes can master science and mathematics concepts, given a culture of high expectations and a respect for work and one another.
The 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 a 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.
As members of the Sci High community, we believe that:
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.
Dear Sci High Students and Parents,
I am honored to have been selected to lead the New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School. I am thrilled to be joining the amazing Sci High family and look forward to getting to know you and learning the rich Nautili tradition.
N.O. Charter Science and Math High School: Over 70 faculty and staff, 500 students, 1000 parents, and 1 focus: To be GREAT. I look forward to sharing many “great” moments with the Sci High family this year. As the new Head of School, it is my mission to motivate, encourage, and drive each member of our school into a place of greatness.
This coming school year, we will work hard, together, to BE GREAT! Our journey to greatness includes making sure our students receive a well-rounded education with an emphasis on rigorous Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses. We will challenge you, students, to be your best, lead you on pathways to a rewarding career, and provide hands-on experiences from a remarkably dedicated group of teachers. Why? Because we want our students to be competitive, not only in our local community, but in the 21st century global community.
So let’s do this…let’s BE GREAT!!
Dr. Monique G. Cola
Head of School