A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  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+
The Science Academy of South Texas is an elite, public, magnet school located in Mercedes, TX. It has 731 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 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
1270
179 responses
Average ACT
28
129 responses
AP Enrollment
68%
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Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Cost of Living
    A
  4. Good for Families
    C
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$29,706
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$559
National
$949
Median Home Value
$57,900
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.25 responses
Poll
96%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 131 responses
Report
  • Renaissance festival
    26%
  • Java Night
    23%
  • Decorating Senior Hallway!!
    14%
  • Prom
    11%
  • Freshman Mixer
    7%
  • Graduation Pep Rally
    5%
  • Senior Swim Day
    5%

Students

Diversity
B+
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%
97%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.39 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.39 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.39 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$54,277
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.5%
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.41 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.41 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.41 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
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.46 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.46 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.46 responses
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I just graduated. Over the past four years, I learned SciTech is a good school ONLY if you’re going into a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) field. They will not give you the light of day if you go into any arts or humanities. Administration also will not stand with their students when they need their support the most. Administration cares about the wrong things and has been nothing more than a disappointment.
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Attending the Science Academy of South Texas was a challenge for me as of many others because the academic rigor was high but so was competition. This school has a variety of students who, like me, had come from different backgrounds and nationalities to the US and had the same aspirations I do. The diversity in the student population at Science Academy made me more open minded to all types of ideas and cultures.
The Science Academy of South Texas is one of the best schools in the nation and the best in all of south Texas. The school has the best academics and is one of the most diverse environments I have ever had the pleasure to partake in. One thing the school lacks in is sports however, I believe that if you want to go to the Science Academy sports should not be an issue at all. Overall I believe that the Science Academy of South Texas is a great oppertunity for anyone wanting to get into a good college