What is the Texas Academy of International and STEM Studies?
Located on the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) campus, the Texas Academy of International and STEM Studies is an additional option for high school students in this region. High school juniors and seniors will be able to complete their last two years of high school while earning college credit.
How was the Academy formed?
The Academy was created by State Senator Judith Zaffirini and authorized by the 79th Texas Legislature in 2005. The Academy will follow regulations of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. (THECB)
How many students will be selected?
A cohort of 50 “rising juniors” will be selected each year. Selected students will receive free tuition, fees and books and will be able to make substantial progress towards a University degree in any area while exploring research and collaborative educational opportunities with project partners including the University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio’s (UTHSCSA) Laredo campus.
Will I earn a high school diploma?
Upon completion of their two years in the Academy, students will have earned their high school diploma concurrently with college credits toward a bachelor’s degree.
How much does it cost to attend the Academy?
After meeting all the requirements of the Academy and admitted to the program, students are responsible for a non-refundable program fee of $750/semester. However, this fee may be waived after meeting Financial Aid requirements.
The Academy only offers courses during the fall and spring semesters. Student will be responsible for paying their own tuition if they attend summer school.
How will I know when you receive all my application documents?
The Academy Selection Committee will review all applications and give you a call if you are missing any documents.
How much does the PSAT scores count? What about teacher and counselor references, transcripts, essay and interviews?
No pre-determined weights are assigned to any file elements, and no formulas or computer programs are used to select students. Candidates are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but must have competitive scores and transcripts, although no specific GPA or PSAT score guarantees entry. Admission is based not only on scores and transcripts, but also on apparent motivation, maturity, career interest, interviews, teacher and counselor evaluations, and behavioral record.
If I cannot attend Interview Day, could I be interviewed by phone or by other special arrangement?
Sorry but no. Our process would be slowed significantly, and an undue burden would be placed on our small staff if we had to make special arrangements to accommodate schedule conflicts. There may be some flexibility as to which Interview Day may be assigned, but dates other than those already scheduled will not be entertained.
What are graduation requirements?
Students will complete 60 - 68 semester credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. A wide range of elective course options is available. Graduates receive an advanced high school diploma including college credits.
What curriculum does the Academy offer?
All courses offered at the Academy are University courses taught by University faculty. The mission of the Texas Academy of International and STEM Studies is to offer an innovative and accelerated curriculum for motivated Texas high school students. These students will be able to excel in areas of mathematics, science, technology, engineering and international studies. The Academy seeks to encourage students to develop the creativity, curiosity, reasoning ability, and self-discipline that lead to independent thought and action, and to aid students in developing integrity that will enable them to benefit society.
Will I be required to take standardized tests?
No, the Texas Education Agency will waive the last STAAR EOC exam.
What is a typical day for the students at the academy?
Academy students will report to campus by 8:00 a.m. and will be dismissed at 3:30 or 5:00 p.m., depending on their schedule. Students will follow their class schedule as would any other TAMIU student. Students will be required to start off their day at assigned classroom (Cowart Hall 211).
How much does it cost to attend the Texas Academy of International and STEM Studies?
The Academy is funded by Texas A&M International University, the Foundation System, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Laredo Campus and private donors. The Academy will pay for tuition, fees, and books. A program fee of $750 per semester will be required and the student will be responsible for their own meals.
Where are the Academy Students housed?
All Academy students will be housed in Cowart Hall 211 (classroom) and 213 (offices).
Can students participate in University life?
Students will be able to participate in University life. Some organizations offer numerous leadership and service opportunities, from Student Government to campus clubs, to musical and theatrical groups and intramural athletics. The University sponsors dances, game and activity nights, movies, plays, and recreation. Academy students are at liberty to participate in many of the TAMIU sponsored organizations and events.
Is transportation provided to Texas A&M International University (TAMIU)?
At this time, the Academy does not offer transportation to its students. It is the student’s family responsibility to transport their student to and from the Academy.
Is there a dress code?
Neither the University nor the Academy imposes dress restrictions. Academy students are, however, expected to dress appropriate for school. The Texas Academy of International Studies dress code is located in the Student Code of Conduct.
Are home-schooled students admitted?
Yes, but they may require additional documents and screening.