Residence within the Northside ISD attendance zone boundaries
  C+ Average (75 or higher) in core subjects
  Good attendance
  No discipline problems
  Satisfactory STAAR/EOC scores
  Application (available in January 2016) and essay

Additional Science and Engineering Requirements

The curriculum of the Science & Engineering Academy is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in science, math, technology or engineering. Students must meet a number of specific qualifications in order to attend the Science & Engineering Academy, and satisfactory behavior, conduct, attendance and academic progress is mandatory for continued enrollment. Due to outside contact with engineering and scientific professionals, future employers, and the general public, a higher standard of appearance is expected for all Science & Engineering Academy students than what may be expected at a traditional high school. Students entering high school for the first time in 2014 or thereafter will pursue will agree to a curriculum that will lead to a STEM diploma endorsement.  Additional endorsements may also be earned based on course selection throughout high school. The Science & Engineering Academy has additional academic requirements including earning three credits of the same international language, taking additional academic electives and completing a qualified academic research project every school year.

Academic Research Requirement

All SEA students complete at least one academic research project each year. Freshmen and sophomores are required to do a science or engineering project for competition at the annual school-wide fair. Students have additional choices as juniors and seniors. Rather than a science or engineering project, students may elect to submit a history fair project for competition, complete the ACE Mentor program, be active participants in the Robotics Program, or successfully complete an Independent Study Mentorship (ISM) class. In all cases the work of the students is evaluated by a panel of experts in the field of study.

Developing, implementing, and presenting original research is a demanding task. SEA teachers support students in producing an excellent project and give feedback. Although academic research can be challenging, it provides students with tremendous benefits.

Application Process

Students currently attending a Northside ISD middle school should submit their application to their
middle school counselor prior to the deadline set by each specific school

  Students who are not currently attending a Northside ISD middle school and current high school students should download an application and submit it directly to the Science and Engineering Academy

Downloadable Application (available in January 2016)
  The 2016 - 2017 Science and Engineering Academy application will also available from counselors at each NISD middle school after recruiting presentations in January

Recruiting for the 2016-2017 School Year - Presentation Schedule
(Dates for specific school visits may be subject to change- check for updates)
Middle school recruitment visit at Jordan Middle School and Neff Middle School
  1/7/16 Middle school recruitment visits at Hobby Middle School and Briscoe Middle School 
  1/8/16 Middle school recruitment visits at Bernal Middle School and Ross Middle School
  1/12/16 Magnet Fair 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. @ Paul Taylor Field House
  1/19/16 Middle school recruitment visit at Rawlinson Middle School and Vale Middle School 
  1/20/16 Middle school recruitment visits at Garcia Middle School and Rudder Middle School 
  1/22/16 Middle school recruitment visits at Jones Middle School and Zachry Middle School 
  1/25/16 Middle school recruitment visits at Conally Middle School and Folks Middle School
Evening Tour for prospective new students begins at 6:30 p.m. please call 397-2773 to register
  1/26/16 Middle school recruitment visits at Jefferson Middle School and Stinson Middle School
  1/27/16 Middle school recruitment visits at Luna Middle School and Stevenson Middle School
  1/28/16 Middle school recruitment visits at Pease Middle School and Rayburn Middle School
  2/2/16 Evening Tour for prospective new students 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. call 397-2773 to register
  2/8/16 Applications from Northside ISD Middle Schools submitted to SEA
(middle school due dates vary - check with middle school counselors for deadlines)
  3/11/16 Acceptance letters mailed to prospective SEA students
  3/24/16 Commitment Letters due for prospective students accepted to SEA
  4/5/16 Orientation / Open House for prospective new students accepted to multiple magnet schools
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. call
397-2773 to register