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A+
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 731 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 91% in reading.
Address
900 Med High Dr
Mercedes, TX 78570
Telephone
(956) 565-4620

The Science Academy of South Texas Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
91%
Percent Proficient - Math
85%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1280
223 responses
Average ACT
28
140 responses
AP Enrollment
60%

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Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$32,424
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$556
National
$949
Median Home Value
$62,500
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.26 responses
Poll
96%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 136 responses
Report
  • Renaissance festival
    26%
  • Java Night
    23%
  • Decorating Senior Hallway!!
    13%
  • Prom
    11%
  • Freshman Mixer
    7%
  • Graduation Pep Rally
    5%
  • Senior Swim Day
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
731
Free or Reduced Lunch
40%
98%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.40 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.40 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.40 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,277
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.42 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.42 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.42 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
$20,545/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.47 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.47 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.47 responses
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Science Academy is unlike any other school I have been to. It is diverse, comfortable, challenging, and fun at times! Most of the teachers are extremely dedicated to the students and their job which ultimately helps the students learn better. I would recommend the school to any student who is up for a challenge and is eager to learn more about Engineering!
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Definitely a school that prepares you for college with rigorous coursework and an engineering focus with teachers that really know their material and how to help whenever students need assistance. It's small compared to other schools and it's easy to get to know others quickly- however the Scitech community has seen better days in my earlier years than as of late. Students are competitive because of rankings, and sometimes this leads to cheating. The resources are outstanding from the computers to 3D printers and more- all available to students. Driven individuals really thrive here and there's endless opportunities for involvement through school events. Students must really take charge for themselves grade and college wise because while counselor assistance is available, ultimately it's up to the person to complete what's necessary. I enjoyed my time at the school with classmates who turned into family and I wouldn't change it for any place else.
The Science Academy is almost an early college; as a student, I can testify the environment is very competitive but also very family like- if anyone needs help, all they have to do is ask. There are tons of high level resources such as modern 3D printers and plasma cutters, CNC mills, etc... All around a great school!