1. What is the Texas Academy of International and STEM
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.
2. 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 is
accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board. (THECB)
3. 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.
4. Will I earn a high school diploma? Are my credits transferrable?
Upon completion of their two years in the
Academy, students will have earned their high school diploma (DAP) concurrently
with college credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Texas A&M International
University credits are transferable to any public university/college in the
state of Texas.
5. 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 charge of $750/semester. However, this charge may be waived after a
complete Financial Aid application is approved.
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.
8. How will I know when you receive all my application
The Academy Selection Committee will review all
applications and give you a call if you are missing any documents.
9. How much do 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, and no specific GPA or PSAT score guarantees entry.
Admission is based not only on scores and transcripts, but also on motivation,
maturity, career interest, interviews, teacher and counselor evaluations, and
10. If I cannot attend Interview Day, could I be interviewed by phone
or by other special arrangement?
Unfortunately, due to extensive time invested in
the application process, special arrangements will not be considered to
accommodate student schedule conflicts. Academy personnel will, however, be as
flexible as possible as to which interview day may be assigned or time, if
11. What are graduation
Students must meet graduation degree requirements
according to the Distinguished Achievement Plan (DAP) set by the Texas Education
Agency. Courses from the previous high school and university will count toward
the high school diploma. Academy graduates can earn between 60 - 68 semester
credit hours and must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
Graduates receive an advanced high school diploma from Texas A&M
International ISD as well as college credits.
12. 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. Students will begin their coursework with the core
13. Will I be required to take standardized tests?
No, the Texas Education Agency will waive the
last STAAR or EOC exam.
14. What is a typical day for the students at the
Academy students will report to campus by 8:00
a.m. and will be dismissed between 3:30 and 5:00 PM, depending on their
schedule. Students will follow their class schedule as would any other
TAMIU student. Students will be required to attend homeroom at Cowart Hall 211
on designated date. Attendance will be noted by signing in at the Texas Academy
office in CWT 213. Students must sign in by 9:30 AM each morning. Failure to do
so will result in an unexcused absence. Students must maintain a five day
15. Where are the Academy Students housed?
The Texas Academy is located on the TAMIU campus
in the Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall, room 213 (offices) and room 211
16. Can students participate in University life?
Yes, 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
17. Is transportation provided to Texas A&M International
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.
18. Is there a dress code?
Neither the University nor the Academy imposes
dress restrictions. Academy students are, however, expected to dress appropriate
for school. More information on the dress code can be found in the Student Code
19. Are home-schooled students admitted?
Yes, but they may require additional documents
20. May I apply as a non-U.S. citizen?
Students (and Parents) who have Permanent
Resident Cards or have received the I-797 Notice of Action approving permanent
residency are eligible for admissions consideration. Some students with select
visa types are eligible to domicile in Texas and are also eligible for
admissions consideration. Visit our offices for more information.