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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
    NG
  9. Food
    A+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A+
The Science Academy of South Texas is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Mercedes, TX. It has 735 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 85% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.
Address
900 Med High Dr
Mercedes, TX 78570
Telephone
(956) 565-4620
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The Science Academy of South Texas Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
85%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1260
331 responses
Average ACT
29
168 responses
AP Enrollment
60%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Median Household Income
$45,792
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$788
National
$949
Median Home Value
$102,600
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
96%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
96%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 142 responses
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  • Renaissance festival
    25%
  • Java Night
    23%
  • Decorating Senior Hallway!!
    13%
  • Prom
    11%
  • Freshman Mixer
    7%
  • Graduation Pep Rally
    5%
  • Senior Swim Day
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
735
Free or Reduced Lunch
37%
98%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.41 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.41 responses
37%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.41 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$48,846
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.43 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.43 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.43 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$18,263/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.48 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.48 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.48 responses
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My school and this district have given me opportunities that I would've never had anywhere else. The faculty and staff are amazing and make sure to help many of the students with whatever we need. As a student body we are very listened to and have to chance to give the administration honest feedback and suggestions. The student body is also amazing. Everyone is kind and supportive of each other. We have cultivated a culture of respect and safety is always respected. I absolutely love my school, and can say that fully honestly. If you ever want to stop by feel free to speak to out counseling department and our student ambassadors. We provide tours led by actual students!
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Scitech was very helpful in preparing me in college and in my degree field. Many know that Scitech is geared towards math and sciences, however, it is open to students of all interests as the main skill that students are encouraged to develop is problem solving. Scitech has taught me to innovate and create ideas which in opinion, I would have lacked in had I gone to another school. The community also helped push my limits and get ahead in school by encouraging me to take AP and dual enrollment classes, which has helped me in the long run. However, Scitech does lack somewhat with extracurricular activities. Scitech has many clubs, yet there are no sports, no music, and very minimal arts. I believe that these extra curricular activities should be re considered as something the school should focus on to help students find relief needed from the stress and anxiety of upcoming exams, projects and assignments. However, overall,Scitech is an excellent school for academically driven students.
One of the major factors that sets this school apart from others is the students. Given that plenty of the students take hour long bus rides to arrive, those who choose to attend this school must be dedicated to doing so. Their dedication is further exemplified through their schoolwork and their competitive natures, as many of them make academic rivals of each other. Despite this, the culture within the student population is very friendly and welcoming, making it easy for them to come together and form friendships. Overall, the school is great, although they could improve their athletics.