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For Immediate Release:2014-08-13
Press Contact: Tracy Young
phone: 512.584.8272
email: tyoung@txcharterschools.org

ICYMI: Five Texas public charter schools designated T-STEM Academies by TEA

New academies include: Academy of Careers & Technologies -- San Antonio; Fallbrook College Prep -- Houston; Harmony Poli-Sci and Communications -- Austin; Legacy Prep -- Plano; and Raul Yzaguirre School -- Houston

TEA designates 16 new T-STEM Academies
 
AUSTIN -- In Case You Missed It: On Wednesday, Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced that the Texas Education Agency has designated 16 new Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academies for the 2014-2015 school year. Five of the 16 are Texas public charter schools.  

Academy of Careers & Technologies Charter High School (San Antonio)
Fallbrook College Preparatory Academy (Houston)
Harmony School of Political Science and Communications (Austin)
Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy (Plano)
Raul Yzaguirre School for Success (Houston)

From the TEA Press Release:  
T-STEM academies are rigorous secondary schools focusing on improving instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects, with a goal of increasing the number of students who study and enter STEM careers. Designated T-STEM campuses serve students in grades 6-12 or 9-12.
 
"Those working in the fields of science, technology and engineering continue to be among the most sought after and highly paid in today's job market," said Commissioner Williams. "Texas STEM academies expose students to these key subject areas and challenges them with rigor and innovative instruction that prepares them for success beyond high school."
 
School districts or open-enrollment charters can apply each year for a campus to be awarded T-STEM designation (if certain criteria are met). Once a campus is designated, professional development and technical assistance are provided to designated T-STEM academies to serve as demonstration schools and learning labs. Designated academies showcase innovative instruction methods which integrate technology and engineering into science and mathematics instruction.
 
With the addition of these newly designated schools, Texas is now home to 91 T-STEM Academies across the state. To learn more about T-STEM Academies, visit the Texas Education Agency website.