Award Year: 2013

Haynes Academy School for Advanced Studies

1416 Metairie Road
Metairie, LA, 70005-3921

(504) 837-8300

Karla Russo, Principal at time of Nomination

Mr. Jerome Helmstetter, Current Principal

Jefferson Parish Public School System

School Website


Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies encourages students and staff to actively discover, integrate, and apply knowledge in a dynamic global and technological environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 62%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Asian: 16%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

In 2005, Haynes Middle School officially became Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies. One year later, Haynes became the first 6th-12th magnet school in Jefferson Parish. Although the school has existed since 1909, Haynes' major milestone was its inception as a magnet school in 2005, when Haynes accepted advanced students from the New Orleans area who were misplaced due to Hurricane Katrina. Haynes is nearly sixty percent academically gifted and talented, drawing students throughout Jefferson Parish. One of the most salient features of Haynes is its ethnic and socioeconomic diversity.

In order to address the caliber of students at Haynes, faculty credentials include: 100% of the administration hold advanced degrees, 27% of the faculty are National Board Certified, and 70% possess post baccalaureate.

The advanced curriculum at Haynes Academy includes 13 Advanced Placement classes. A unique aspect of our curriculum is the opportunity for dual enrollment for college credit. Since 2009, Haynes has had ten National Merit Finalists, and seniors have been offered $26,433,475 in scholarships.

The athletic department offers competitive sports programs for girls and boys. Four times a year, the school comes together as a family in the school gym and shows their school spirit during interactive programs organized by Student Council. The band has received awards for concert and jazz ensemble performance. Haynes's talented arts department offers music, theater, and visual arts where students are provided with opportunities to practice their crafts.

What sets Haynes Academy apart from other schools is not merely its test scores, curriculum’s flexibility, polished faculty, myriad of activities, or spirited student body, but it is the short period of time in which all of this was accomplished.