The Julieta & Frank Staggs Academy of International and STEM Studies is an innovative, University-level academy on the Texas A&M International campus for highly gifted and motivated high school juniors and seniors. A high school experience like no other. A fusion of high school with the benefits of a college environment. Staggs Academy will change your life.

Earn College Credit While at Staggs Academy!

  • Get a head start on your University education.
  • Obtain college credit while in high school.
  • Defray costs of tuition and fees by being a Staggs Scholar. 
  • Experience college and learn from world-class professors!


  1. Be a Texas Resident.
  2. Attempt TSIA in Reading/Writing and Math by April 8th.
  3. 10th grade high school student with at least 13 credits towards Texas high school graduation plan.
  4. Minimum high school GPA of 85 or 3.0

Automatic Admissions

  1. Meet Eligibility.
  2. Complete Staggs Application.
  3. PSAT 10 Benchmark Met: 430 Reading/Writing and 480 Math.
  4. Passed TSIA- Reading/Writing and Math
  5. Submit Student Checklist (form provided)
  6. Two letters of Recommendation from two different teachers.

* Limited spaces available, automatic admissions is based on first come first serve with complete admissions application. Subject to waitlist if capacity is reached.

Holistic Review

Students who do not meet PSAT 10 benchmark or did not test for PSAT 10 will be reviewed holistically.

Staggs Scholar Guarantee

  • Full cost of attendance is covered including tuition, fees, and books.
  • Each Scholar saves approximately $20,000.
  • Earn 30 semester credit hours per year/ 60 semester credit hours by high school graduation.

Student Program Fee consist of $750.00 per semester.

*Fee waiver available - subject to eligibility.

Accredited Public School Offers an Advanced High School Diploma

Save $20,000+
on College Tuition and Fees


Average Student Graduates with 63 SCH of College Coursework

Advanced and Engaging University Courses Taught by World-Class Professors

Ilse Cortez

Administrative Associate


Dr. Mayra L. Peña

Director/Superintendent of TAMIU I.S.D.


Naiely Saldaña



Counselors Corner

Anna Castillo

Student Services Coordinator


Student Services Forms


Staggs Academy Class of 2020

Texas A&M International University Graduate (Spring 2022)

"The Staggs Academy provided me with the tools I needed to excel in my academic career. I learned how to effectively communicate with faculty, time management, and organization skills. I wouldn't have been able to make my dream of becoming a nurse into a reality if it wasn't for the academy and the doors it opened up for me- I am forever grateful!"

— Laura Lopez