Three BR schools among La. top 10 STEM schools _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Baton Rouge Magnet High School is shown in this August 2012 Advocate file photo.

Three Baton Rouge-area high schools were among the state’s Top 10 STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics, high schools in the latest rankings by nonprofit Children at Risk.

Baton Rouge Magnet High School ranked No. 3. LSU Laboratory School was No. 5, and Zachary High School was No. 10.

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 advocacy 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

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.