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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 a top rated, public school district located in Mercedes, TX. It has 3,848 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 96% of students are at least proficient in math and 91% in reading.

South Texas Independent School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
91%
Percent Proficient - Math
96%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1190
797 responses
Average ACT
26
449 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,848
Free or Reduced Lunch
53.1%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$48,846
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.1%

Finances

Total Expenses
$43,491,000
Expenses Per Student
$18,263/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    53%
  • Support Services
    44%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$32,424
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$556
National
$949
Median Home Value
$62,500
National
$184,700

South Texas Independent School District Reviews

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First of all, I love the fact that you can apply to be part of this district no matter where you live in the Rio Grande Valley. The school district provides bus service to students living almost two hours away! My son had the good fortune to attend the two year middle school program at STPA, and is now currently attending SciTech. Probably one of the most academically rigorous option for over achievers in the area. Kids can meet other kids who love to learn and to challenge themselves. Only drawback is the University of Texas automatic acceptance of top 7%. These kids all would have been in the top 7% at their home schools. But when you gather them all together from the region, the competition at the top is extremely fierce. Pretty mellow school culture where kids seem to respect individual differences. No such thing as bullying that I have ever heard of here. I like it, and most importantly, my child loves it.
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I attend the Science Academy of south Texas, I love it. Lovely campus, hard challenging classes! The school really pushes you to take challenging classes and exams. By your second year most of your schedule will be made up of AP and Dual Enrollment classes.
In my experience with STISD has been great! All teachers and students are helpful, they do their best to help you with your classes and decisions. The teachers are very aware of their students grades along with how the student are personally. Administration helps with any questions you have and help you with your decisions for after High school. I've met with amazing people in this school that have helped me throughout my high school experience! This is an amazing school?