THE SCIENCE ACADEMY OF SOUTH TEXAS

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900 MED HIGH DR
MERCEDES, TX 78570
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Phone: 956-565-4620
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 9
  • Educational Climate: Unclassified
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: South Texas Isd
  • Students/Teacher: 12:1
  • Students/Grade: 195.3
  • Number Students: 781
  • Number Teachers: 57
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5422
  • Poverty Level: 30 PERCENT OR MORE
  • Principal: Mr Michael Aranda
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  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (13 ratings)
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    School Reviews (10 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-08-26
    "I just want to comment on the last review. I've been a parent at this school for the past 7 years and it's true that it has lost some good teachers (and some bad ones too) but I don't see it to be a lack of administration as much as a fact of life. Most of the teachers at this school are retired professionals that have worked in other places different than schools and there is a moment in life when anyone really wants the retirement. And that's what happens here. On the other comment about APs scores, it's true that before they had Saturday's study sessions for APs but this was part of a grant that the school had earned and like any grant it was for a period of time. It's not that the school district had directed their resources to other things like technology that surely helps the staff and teachers perform better. Finally the counselors are always there for the kids, but it's up to the kids to go look for the opportunities. There is always a list of about 200 summer programs offered and the scholarships are always published and announced in the school. There are a lot of those scholarships that go without any applicants because the kids don't take the time to do it."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-08-25
    "The instruction is generally very good, though the school has lost some very good teachers in the last couple of years, no doubt due to the real problem at the school: the administration, which is terrible. The principal is uninvolved and does not care about motivating the students. The counselors are even worse, making no effort to inform the students about important opportunities such as summer programs, scholarships, etc. If your child attends, you will have to be his/her counselor. Also, in recent years, the AP scores have dropped off quite a lot, no doubt in part the the discontinuation of Saturday AP reviews and financial incentives for both teachers and students--and yet, the principal has a huge monitor for his computer and the counselors and some teachers have iPads supplied by the school. Just another example of poor leadership. Sad to see such a good school going downhill due to a few bad people, but that's how it is."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-11
    "As an alumnae, I can say with certainty that the foundations to my success were developed while at the Science Academy. I now have a great appreciation for the flexible culture and friendliness of the administration. Great school experience. I wish I would have been better coached through the college application process--I may have picked a better school--but Other than that...great time at Sci Tech!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-10-25
    "I am basing this rating on the quality of instruction. The teachers are simply fantastic. My child went on to a very demanding, very competitive college program and was, in truth, overprepared. The first year was a piece of cake--while many other top students from other high schools were struggling. If I were rating the administration, however, they would get maybe a 2. The counselors in particular are, sadly, really awful. The one my child was stuck with all four years was worse than useless. She has no idea what she is doing and desseminates information that is just plain wrong. The principal knows there is a problem but just looks the other way. Overall, the school is highly worth attending, but know that you are going to have to do the counselor's job yourself."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2009-03-26
    "I attended the Science Academy for 2 years before going back to my local public school my senior year. The Science Academy is a top-notch school with excellent teachers that truly do care. I had plenty of choices for colleges and I credit the Science Academy for this and for the fact that my first two years of college were a breeze. Don't let the lack of sports deter you from this school; I played soccer, tennis, and softball in high school with my local leagues. I also continued to play those sports in college on intramural teams and was a co-founder of lacrosse. Needless to say, you can participate in sports even if they are not a part of your high school."
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