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. 

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.  


nhs officers

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. Student Eligibility Requirements and Graduation Standatds can be found in the Chapter Bylaws.

NHS Bylaws

  Masters of Science in School Counseling- College of Education


On Friday, March 30th, 2019, our school counseling interns, Valeria Carrasco, and David Lopez, treated our students to a morning of fun, relaxation, and creativity. This event was aimed to promote healthy ways of coping by participating in various activities. The activities included making stress balls, fluffy slime, expressive drawing, expressive painting and bubble wrap popping. These activities were implemented at the Stem Stress Relief Day to give our students the opportunity to learn about the different ways that they can cope with school and personal related stress.

Resources for Students

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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

CLEP- If you are interested in testing for Credit by Exam for your Spanish Language test, you can do so by registering online.

Exam Cost is $87.00. Once you pay for the exam , please contact TAMIU testing center to set up a testing date at 956-326-2131. Testing dates vary based on availability from testing center.

Test Prep Resources:

College Board- KHAN Academy: Offical SAT Practice

In 2017, Khan Academy and the College Board, the maker of the SAT, analyzed gains between  the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT and found a positive relationship between use of Offical SAT Practice and score improvments on the SAT. Score gains are consistent across gender, family income, race, ethnicity, and parental education level.


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

Scholarship Updates

Graduation Resources

Peter Pan Studios- Staggs 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

College Representatives Information

Texas A&M International University

Rafael Contreras - (956)326-2771- rafael.contreras@tamiu.edu

Applied to TAMIU: Check your admissions status here!

Texas A&M University

Laura Chapa-(956)795-0412- lchapa@tamu.edu

Texas State

Lauren Wyatt-(512)245-2364- laurenwyatt@txstate.edu

Additional Resources

Resume Builder:

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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.