6 N.O. schools among Top 10 STEM schools

New Orleans metro area schools dominated the Top 10 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) High Schools in Louisiana, with six of the top schools, according to nonprofit Children at Risk.

Louisiana’s top STEM school was Benjamin Franklin High School In New Orleans. Haynes Academy School for Advanced Studies in Jefferson Parish was No. 2. Lusher Charter School in Orleans Parish was No. 4. Mandeville High School in St. Tammany Parish was No. 7; New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School was No. 8; and Fontainebleau High School in St. Tammany Parish was No. 9.

High schools were measured on a set of math- and science-specific indicators, including performance on standardized testes and college entrance exams, as well as enrollment in advanced math and science courses. The child adocacy group ranks Texas schools each year. This is the first time Children at Risk has ranked Louisiana high schools. Shell, which has a large demand for skilled workers, sponsored the STEM School Rankings

“From our work with business partners in the community like Shell, it’s apparent that STEM education is essential as we prepare students for a workforce that is increasingly reliant on skills in these areas,” said Dr. Bob Sanborn, president and chief executive officer of Children at Risk.

Baton Rouge Magnet High School ranked No. 3 and LSU Laboratory School, also in Baton Rouge, ranked No. 5.