Science and Engineering Academy to start its 17th year

This year marks the beginning of its 17th year as a magnet school. Established in 1997, the Science and Engineering Academy has an enrollment of approximately 700 Northside ISD students.

The SEA is a college preparatory program with a STEM focus and offers 22 Advanced Placement courses, has a 100% college acceptance rate, and a 97%+ college matriculation rate. In addition to standard college preparatory course of study, SEA students are required to take an additional academic elective each year from a selection of predominately STEM-related subjects.  Graduates of the SEA attend some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the nation. Numerous SEA graduates work in STEM professions in San Antonio and throughout the United States.

Another distinguishing mark of the Science and Engineering Academy is its academic research requirement. SEA students complete an academic research project each school year. At least two of the projects must be related to a STEM field of study. All academic research includes problem solving, investigation, analysis, and a written component that details the students’ findings.  Upon completion, students present their academic research for review by a panel of experts.

Over 600 SEA students complete STEM projects each year that are judged by nearly 200 professionals recruited from local colleges and universities, industry, and the broader community. SEA students compete for numerous prizes including $560,000 in scholarships awarded by St. Mary’s University and the University of the Incarnate Word. Approximately 35 students are selected from the SEA to enter one or more of nine regional, state, national, and international competitions.

Our graduates have achieved tremendous success in a wide variety of academic competitions including winning the highest honors at the Alamo Regional Junior Academy of Sciences and the Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair for the last ten years. Numerous SEA students have traveled nationally and internationally showcasing their work. Several students have published their work and to-date 2 patents have been awarded to students while attending the Science and Engineering Academy.