The Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Initiative provides a foundational approach to empower teachers, inspire students, and advance the studies in these four fields. The public-private initiative of academies, professional development centers and networks is designed to improve instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects at secondary schools.


Texas is home to 121 T-STEM Schools, including 97 T-STEM Academies and 24 blended Early College High School/T-STEM Academies serving more than 84,000 students across the state. Click here for the full list of schools.



  • Increase the number of students entering postsecondary studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
  • Facilitate the promotion of quality school leadership that supports school redesign efforts, quality teacher recruitment and improved teacher preparation
  • Align the long-term educational and economic development needs for local, regional and state needs

Key Elements

  • T-STEM Academies – Designated by the Texas Education Agency, these Academies serve as demonstration schools and learning labs, which develop innovative methods to improve science and math instruction.
  • T-STEM Network – The network serves as a conduit between T-STEM Academies and T-STEM Centers. It offers professional development, exemplary profiles and other STEM education resources. The T-STEM initiative is connected with a national STEM network.

T-STEM Academy Design Blueprint

The cornerstone of T-STEM Academy learning is student engagement and exposure to innovation and design in STEM-focused instruction and learning that models real-world contexts. T-STEM Academies serve as demonstration sites to inform math and science teaching and learning statewide. The T-STEM initiative aims to closely align high school curriculum with admission requirements of competitive colleges and the STEM qualifications for 21st century jobs.