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 obtain and submit an application from their middle school counseling office within the timeline set by each specific middle 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
  Download the 2017 - 2018 Science and Engineering Academy application
Recruiting for the 2017-2018 School Year - Presentation Schedule
(Dates for specific school visits may be subject to change- check for updates)

Middle school recruitment visits at Hobby Middle School and Rayburn Middle School


Middle school recruitment visits at Garcia Middle School and Peace Middle School


Middle school recruitment visits at Neff Middle School and Vale Middle School


Magnet Fair at Northside Sports Gym, 6:30-8:00pm

Farris Athletic Complex


Middle school recruitment visits at Ross Middle School and Briscoe Middle School


Middle school recruitment visits at Jordan Middle School and Rawlinson Middle School


Middle school recruitment visits at Stevenson Middle School and Jones Middle School


Middle school recruitment visits at Bernaland Middle School and Rudder Middle School


Middle school recruitment visits at Connally Middle School and Folks Middle School


Middle school recruitment visits at Jefferson Middle School and Stinson Middle School


Middle school recruitment visits at Zachary Middle School and Luna Middle School

  1/31/17 SEA Open House, 6:30-8:30pm

Applications Due to Magnet Schools*

*Check with your middle school counselor for the deadline to turn in to your middle school.

  3/10/17 Acceptance and Wait Letters mailed to all applicants

Commitment Letters due to SEA

All students must commit by this date.  If a student received multiple acceptances, you must chose which school you will attend for the 2016-2017 school year by this date.

  4/4/17 SEA Orientation, 6:30-8:30pm