Award Year 2015
- Black/African American: 2%
- White: 7%
- Hispanic: 77%
- Asian: 14%
- ELL: 2%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 49%
South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA) is focused on building strong learners. This open enrollment magnet junior high serves the academic needs of students in Texas’ low socio-economic southernmost tip, preparing them for high school and college rigor. Because students from three counties and 28 school districts choose to attend STPA, teachers and staff collaborate to create a welcoming, engaging environment that encourages students to commit to learning an advanced curriculum. Summer New Scholar camps connect incoming students with seasoned student mentors, familiarizing young Spartans with the school’s workings and the STPA family. Interest groups at the school day’s end allow students to distress or feed their creative side though everything from crocheting and kite making to softball and culinary arts. Academic pep rallies culminate each rigorous nine-week grade period with team-based games and student recognition, uniting students in an attitude of celebration and camaraderie.
But above all, students attend STPA for its challenging curriculum and excellent reputation for producing high school-ready learners. As its mission statement declares, STPA teachers’ focus is to “serve all students through an engaging, challenging curriculum that prepares them for future learning.” This has resulted in top state test scores and Niche school rankings and Texas School’s to Watch honors. While providing support for all learners, STPA offers advanced coursework to its students in a learner-centered setting. By the time STPA’s Spartans leave the eighth grade, most have 6 high school credits. Ready for the future—that is STPA’s legion of learners.