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Spotlight: T-STEM Academy at Emmett J. Conrad HS


In its second year, the Texas-Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academy (school within a school model) at Emmett J. Conrad High School in Dallas showed remarkable growth in all subject areas. In fact, more than half of the top 10 % of the graduating class of 2009 are STEM graduates, including both the Valedictorian and the Salutatorian.

The Academy opened in the 2007-2008 school year with 86 9th-graders, 58 10th-graders and 15 11th-graders. The Academy began the 2008-2009 school year with 112 9th-grade students, 70 10th-grade students, 72 11th-grade students and 26 12th-grade students. The T-STEM Academy specializes in problem/project-based learning and offers dual credit courses with the Dallas County Community College District.

Successful activities include:

  • Summer internships
  • Culture building activities
  • Development of student leadership
  • Participation in science and engineering events

Evidence of success in closing the achievement gap:

  • 9th-grade Algebra 1 Scores – 95.9 % passing rate
  • AP Enrollment 81.4% economically disadvantaged
  • Enrollment
    • 72.4% Hispanic
    • 91 % African-American

Conrad T-STEM 9th Grade Math

2008 TAKS 9th Grade Conrad - STEM compared to school (non-STEM) and district scores

Conrad T-STEM TAKS All Grades

2008 TAKS -- All grade levels -- STEM, Conrad (non-STEM) and district 

What Works

According to the Deborah Floyd, STEM Academy Project coordinator, the T-STEM Academy started as a small group with a common mission. With support form the Texas High School Project, the Academy was able to build a vision of a common purpose and work towards the goals of success and excellence. Components of the common purpose were:

  • Professional Development
  • Common Planning Time as a STEM Academy
  • Goal Setting 
  • Challenging students to set personal goals
  • Data Analysis
  • Rigor

About the School:

  • Enrollment: 1302
  • 88.2% are economically disadvantaged
  • 33.7% African-American
  • 58.4% Hispanic
  • 49.6% Limited English Proficient
  • Texas High School Project web site: Conrad High School STEM Academy
  • District: Dallas Independent School District
  • Principal: Mary Fitzgibbon
  • Superintendent: Dr. Michael Hinojosa

Texas-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) program is a part of the division of College and Career Readiness located in the Department of State Initiatives.

Contact Information:

Department of State Initiatives

T-STEM Program Manager
Stacy Avery


Page last modified on 11/18/2010 11:54:35 AM.