PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School, will provide advanced educational opportunities with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to all students so that they may graduate within a four-year period with an Associate Degree or college credit; thus, instilling the immediate desire for further post-secondary education to produce well-rounded community leaders.
At PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School, our vision is to produce highly motivated students that have an equal opportunity to earn an Associate Degree and pursue higher education to become independent learners, contributing citizens, and well-rounded leaders.
Objective and Goals
The main goal and objective of T-STEM ECHS is to provide an instructional atmosphere that promotes college readiness through an academic design that articulates clear degree plans and pathways in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). These degree plans will include the 42 credit hour academic core curriculum plus 18 credit hours in the specific fields of study.
T-STEM Early College High School offers a Pre-AP Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, English and Spanish curriculum. Fine Arts and Business Computer Information Systems (BCIS) are also available as elective classes.
Dual Enrollment Program
All T-STEM ECHS students will graduate under the Distinguished Achievement Program and will participate in the Dual Enrollment program at South Texas College.
T-STEM ECHS will engage students early in their academic career with the opportunity to acquire up to two years of college credit or an Associate Degree by the time they earn their high school diploma.
Associate of Science in the fields of:
Associate Degrees are transferable to most colleges or universities throughout the United States toward a Bachelor’s Degree.
Instruction for high school and college courses will be provided in a variety of settings including at various South Texas College campuses. During their four years of high school, students will obtain college credit. By their sophomore year, all students will be enrolled in college classes at STC. Transportation to and from the college is provided by the school district. STC waives tuition for all PSJA ISD Dual Enrollment courses.
Students are able to experience the college culture by using STC facilities such as the library and research center, science laboratories, computer labs and classrooms. These experiences help transition students into the college life at an early stage of their academic career, fostering the college readiness necessary for college success.
Summer Bridge Program
The Summer Bridge Program, facilitated in part by the Student Outreach Department of South Texas College, offers traditional college orientation services , workshops and activities designed to increase the knowledge and skills of students as they enter the college environment.
The Summer Bridge workshops offered by STC include: time management, team building, leadership, student activities orientation, college scholarships, student life and the transition to college, conflict management, ACCUPLACER workshops and practice tests, meeting with current STC students, professionalism and the value of a college education.