A+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A+
South Texas Independent School District is an elite, public school district located in Mercedes, TX. It has 3,376 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 89% of students are at least proficient in math and 88% in reading.
Address
100 Med High Dr
Mercedes, TX 78570
Telephone
(956) 514-4216
Website

South Texas Independent School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
88%
Percent Proficient - Math
89%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1180
469 responses
Average ACT
26
324 responses
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Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,376
Free or Reduced Lunch
57.3%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,277
Teachers in First/Second Year

Finances

Total Expenses
$43,491,000
Expenses Per Student
$20,545/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    51%
  • Support Services
    46%
  • Other
    3%

South Texas Independent School District Reviews

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I'm a current senior at one of their high schools. The district is made up of 4 magnet high schools: South Texas Business Education and Technology Academy(BETA), South Texas School High School for Health Professions(Med-High), South Texas Academy for Health Professions(Med-Tech), and The Science Academy of South Texas(Sci-Tech). The district is great, it receives students across 4 counties and provides transportation with buses that have wi-fi on board. It really gives you the chance to meet people who want to study the same thing as you, regardless of where they're from.
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I enjoyed the fact that it gave more educational advantages such as giving the psat to all freshman, sophomore, and juniors. The school district is very successful in providing security and technology opportunities such as having numerous computer labs and offering tech-related courses to students. Also, everyone is close to one another so it feels like one big family. One thing that I may change is the electives such as music, sports, and arts. I wish that they could incorporate those interests into extracurricular activities and be open to sports competitions with other school districts. It would be nice for the school to have a broader range of goals not only on academics but the activities that I have mentioned above.
The South Texas Independent School district is a magnet school driven district that has dedicated itself to providing a higher level of educations to students in the Rio Grande Valley. With dedicated teachers, administrators and students, the result is a culture where students focus on achieving their personal goals and maximizing their high school experiences. STISD provides a vast range of study opportunities, having 4 schools that each has its own specialty, from science and engineering to Business and even medical professions. STISD is a school district filled with students from all backgrounds and capabilities, however, all of its students have one thing in common, the drive to succeed, with the helpful administration and teachers the South Texas Independent school District becomes a great environment for learning and achieving one's goals.