The Lancaster High School T-STEM Academy is designed to improve instruction and academic performance in all areas by strengthening students' problem-solving and critical thinking skills through a STEM-literate education. The academy employs key elements of success as presented in the Texas Education Agency's T-STEM Blueprint including: high quality staff; strategic alliances with institutions of higher learning, business/industry and community partners; and a rigorous course of study that includes work-based learning opportunities for students and teachers.
Requirements for T-STEM Designation by the Texas Education Agency
School districts or open-enrollment charters may apply for a campus to be awarded T-STEM designation if certain criteria are met. Campuses awarded T-STEM Designation are provided technical assistance and professional development to ensure implementation of the T-STEM Blueprint with fidelity. Sample designation criteria are below:
- Target and enroll students who are at-risk of dropping out of school.
- Be a school of choice with no requirements for enrollment such as test scores, essay questions etc.
- Serve grades 6-12 or grades 9-12 with an active relationship with the feeder middle school(s).
- Implement the T-STEM Blueprint and demonstrate progress on the Blueprint continuum.