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Who We Are

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.

What We Do

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.

Why it Matters

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Because Sci High is housed in an outdated elementary school building, the former home of Allen School, the Foundation is working with many partners to acquire funds to plan, design, build and operate a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

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How You Can Help

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


Download the Foundation's full '17-'18 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