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Counselors Corner

Resources for Students and Parents on Admissions to College, Testing information, Scholarships, Financial aid, and more…


Naiely M. Saldana
MS School Counseling


Mrs. Saldana is available Monday-Friday to assist students with any social/emotional issues if they are impeding academic achievement. Discussions between counselor and students are confidential. The following counseling services are available:
  • Individual Counseling - to help students confront and solve problems that   interfere with academic, career, personal/social development; this is not therapeutic in nature (short-term basis only).  
  •  Small Group Counseling - for students to discuss shared issues with peers.  
  •  Crisis Counseling - in the event of an emergency.  
  •  Referrals- for students and families in need of outside counseling or community agencies as needed.   
  •  Advocacy - for student's to have what they need; academically, socially and emotionally.
  •  Classroom Guidance - school counselors hold class discussions and activities pertaining to character education, college and career readiness and middle school transitions.  

Counselor Services Request Form

College and Career Readiness

College and career readiness solutions help connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals, and improve college and career planning. Visit your counselor for more information.

Career Aptitude Test: Take our short quiz to learn which the right career is for you.

Generation Texas: get inspired by hearing students, parents, and supporters tell their stories and find out how more education means more options. Learn more about Generation Texas and how we’re changing the future of Texas. 

Big Future: Choosing a college is a big and exciting decision. Explore your interests and take the time to find a college that will put you on a path to a bright future. 

Texas Academy of International and STEM Studies Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraising Event

Fund Raising Event
Fund Raising Event

On April 1, 2017, two TAMIU school counseling interns, Erika Vasquez and Aileen Espinoza hosted an event on behalf of the Texas Academy of International and STEM Studies to raise money and offer two scholarships for the students of this school.

The purpose for creating this scholarship was to give every student at the Texas Academy an opportunity for additional monies that can be applied to college tuition. The application was not based on GPA or class rank.

Laredo’s local Applebee’s Bar and Grill assisted the interns with the event by hosting a Flapjack Fundraiser. Customers who purchased a ticket were provided with a drink, a side, and a stack of pancakes. Over 200 tickets were sold and $1200 was raised.  Two students will be chosen to receive a $600 scholarship.  Special thanks to Mrs. Naiely Saldana, counselor and the Texas Academy students.

Life at TAMIU

Clubs and Organizations on campus: TAMIU is rich in student life and the office of Student Orientation, Leadership and Engagement (SOLE) provides many opportunities for you to grow as a young professional while unleashing your pride for our university. With over eighty student organizations, there is an opportunity for all students to find a co-co-curricular group that suites their academic or individual passions.  

National Honor Society

In 2014 Texas Academy of International and STEM Studies inducted their first National Honor Society Chapter. Students will be invited to join the organization the spring of their junior year.

NHS Bylaws

Resources for Students

Testing Information:

Testing is an essential part of the college admissions process. National High Stakes test are provided for our students to complete academically for admissions to meet college readiness standards. Texas Academy students are expected to test for the SAT and ACT beginning the spring of their Junior year.

PSAT The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. Texas Academy offers PSAT Testing for all Juniors in the fall of their first year.

ACT The ACT® college readiness assessment is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college. The ACT is the capstone of our College and Career Readiness System. The test uses the same score scale as ACT Explore and ACT Plan, making the system an effective tool to monitor academic progress and student growth.

SAT- The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test. Registration Deadline is approximately one month before the Test Administration Date

Test Prep Resources:

NAVIANCE: Naviance college and career readiness solutions help connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals, and improve college and career planning. SAT and ACT Tutorials/ practice test are now available.


Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment-

The TSI Assessment is a program designed to help your institution determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics. This program also will help determine what type of course or intervention will best meet your needs to help you become better prepared for college level course work if you are not ready.

  • Virtual Math Lab: Practice tests online that can be printed out and practiced. Provides reviews for all the important stuff you need to know to take the test. Online Accuplacer study sessions.
  • Exercises in Math Readiness: Interactive and Online Exercises for Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry.
  • SOS Mathematics: Free online reviews and lessons in Algebra.
  • Huntington University TSI Prep: Online Practice test for Accuplacer and printable testes available. 

Volunteer and Community Service


College Admissions & Financial Aid

College Admissions Applications:

ApplyTexas - Admission applications/information for every Texas Public University, plus some private and two year schools.
The Common Application- As a not-for-profit organization that serves students and member institutions by providing an admission application – online and in print – that students may submit to any of our 488 members. 

Financial Aid:

Financial Aid- FAFSA- Financial Aid can help alleviate some of the cost of college tuition, fees, books, and or even housing. Financial aid grant monies, loans, scholarships and work study opportunities. The financial aid process may seems tedious and difficult, but Texas Academy counselor will guide and assist through this process. Free Application for Financial Student Aid.

FAFSA is available October 1st. Students must complete their FAFSA application in the Fall of their senior year. 


Fastweb: Apply for Scholarship Online! Search for Scholarships for college students with our free matching service for scholarships. Also learn about financial aid and student loans options to find money.

TAMIU Scholarship Opportunities

Graduation Resources

Peter Pan Studios- Texas Academy students will have the opportunity to take their Senior Pictures at Peter Pan Studios their summer before their senior year.

Balfour is the official provider of all things graduation, from cap and gowns, to class rings. Visit with our Balfour representative today.

Chris Wildman
South Texas Balfour, LLC 
1302 South Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas 78416
361-945-0059 Mobile

Additional Resources

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Summer Enrichment:

UTHSC Summer Fellowship: As a Texas Academy of International and STEM Studies student, you will have the opportunity to conduct research and participate in a Summer institute program produced by the UTHSC Laredo region faculty.

Yes CAMP- Summer Enrichment for High School Juniors/ Seniors. Summer course for Economics, to earn dual credit at high school and university level.