Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies in Metairie has 13 National Merit semifinalists, eight Commended Scholars, and two Hispanic National Merit Achievers. Haynes has the most National Merit semifinalists in the Jefferson Parish Public School System: 22 percent of the graduating class of 2016 has received recognition from the College Board, and 13 percent of the class is made up of semifinalists.

Nationwide, there are about 16,000 semifinalists, which represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school students.