AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced today that the Texas Education Agency has designated 16 new Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academies for the 2014-2015 school year.
T-STEM academies are rigorous secondary schools focusing on improving instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects, with a goal of increasing the number of students who study and enter STEM careers. Designated T-STEM campuses serve students in grades 6-12 or 9-12.
“Those working in the fields of science, technology and engineering continue to be among the most sought after and highly paid in today’s job market,” said Commissioner Williams. “Texas STEM academies expose students to these key subject areas and challenges them with rigor and innovative instruction that prepares them for success beyond high school.”
The 16 campuses or charters designated as T-STEM Academies for the 2014-2015 school year are:
- Academy of Careers & Technologies (San Antonio)
- Clint ISD – Clint High School STEM Academy
- DeSoto ISD – DeSoto STEM STEAM Academy (East
- Fallbrook College Preparatory Academy
- Harlandale ISD – Harlandale ISD T-STEM Early
College High School
- Harmony School of Political Science and
- Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy (Plano)
- Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD – LCM High
School STEM Academy
- Lubbock ISD – Coronado High School
- Mercedes ISD – Mercedes High School
- Mission CISD – Mission High School Eagle
- North East ISD – STEM Academy
- Princeton ISD – Princeton High School T-STEM
- Raul Yzaguirre School for Success (Houston)
- Socorro ISD – Montwood High School
- Tyler ISD – John Tyler High School
School districts or open-enrollment charters can apply each year for a campus to be awarded T-STEM designation (if certain criteria are met). Once a campus is designated, professional development and technical assistance are provided to designated T-STEM academies to serve as demonstration schools and learning labs. Designated academies showcase innovative instruction methods which integrate technology and engineering into science and mathematics instruction.
With the addition of these newly designated schools, Texas is now home to 91 T-STEM Academies across the state. To learn more about T-STEM Academies, visit the Texas Education Agency website.