Award Year: 2022

School of Science and Engineering

1201 E. Eighth Street
Dallas, TX, 75203-2545

(972) 925-5960

Mr. Andrew Palacios, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School

Dallas Independent School District

School Website


To build students with the knowledge, skill, character, and love of learning to be globally competitive in STEM fields.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 9%
  • White: 11%
  • Hispanic: 65%
  • Asian: 12%
  • Two or more races: 3%
SEM's College Access Program

SEM's College Access Program

The School of Science and Engineering Magnet School in Dallas ISD is one of the oldest STEM schools in the United States; in fact, when we started in 1982, there was no "STEM" in the public consciousness. Over the last 40 years, we've worked to craft a program that serves the intellectual and emotional needs for all students interested in going into STEM fields.

If math is a student's passion and they want to learn at a pace so quick it's dizzying, they take our Freshman Calculus class, where they go from the first day of Algebra 2 to the last day of Calculus AB in a single year - and do very well on the AP exam. Love math, but need more support? We also offer the slowest math program in the area. Students can take a summer Algebra intensive after 8th grade, and then double-blocked Algebra 2 as a Freshman, giving them 90 minutes a day of instruction with a skilled teacher. This way we make sure that every student, no matter where they started, has the opportunity to develop the rock solid math skills they need to master all technical subjects.

Our program is carefully designed so that there are no tracks. No matter where you start Freshman year, you have the opportunity to take the most advanced classes we offer before you graduate. That foundation is a springboard that moves students into the most competitive college and university programs in the country and sets them up to thrive.