Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Initiative (T-STEM)

Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academies are rigorous secondary schools focusing on improving instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects and increasing the number of students who study and enter STEM careers:

  • Provide dual credit at no cost to students
  • Offer rigorous instruction and accelerated courses
  • Provide academic and social support services to help students succeed
  • Increase college readiness
  • Reduce barriers to college access
  • Align to regional workforce needs for ICIA, P-TECH, and T-STEM models


School districts or open-enrollment charters may apply for a campus to be awarded T-STEM designation if certain criteria are met. Campuses awarded T-STEM Designation are provided technical assistance and professional development to ensure implementation of the T-STEM Blueprint with fidelity. Sample designation criteria are below:

  • Target and enroll students who are at-risk of dropping out of school.
  • Be a school of choice with no requirements for enrollment such as test scores, essay questions etc.
  • Serve grades 6-12 or grades 9-12 with an active relationship with the feeder middle school(s).
  • Implement the T-STEM Blueprint and demonstrate progress on the Blueprint continuum.

Texas is home to 94 state designated T-STEM Academies and has 9 planning year campuses for the 2018-2019 school year.

2019-2020 T-STEM Designated Campuses

2018-2019 T-STEM Designated Campuses

2017-2018 T-STEM Designated Campuses

2016-2017 T-STEM Designated Campuses

Laws and Rules

Texas Education Code, §39.235; Texas Administrative Code §102.1093

General Appropriations Act (GAA), Article III, Rider 49, 85th Texas Legislature, 2017

T-STEM Blueprint Redesign

During the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years, TEA has engaged with stakeholder groups across Texas to provide recommendations to the T-STEM Blueprint and Designation process. TEA has incorporated those recommendations and included Outcomes-Based Measures (OBMs) into a draft version of a T-STEM redesigned Blueprint.

TEA will seek stakeholder input on a future draft version of a T-STEM redesigned Blueprint. For more information on the timeline for future T-STEM blueprint redesigns, sign up for our CCRSM Newsletter.

The public comment period is open Thursday, February 15, 2018 -Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

View the overview walkthrough of the Texas College and Career Readiness School Models (CCRSM) and rationale for redesigning the Blueprint.

CCRM Presentation Title Page


Download a PDF version of the T-STEM Blueprint Redesign recommendations.


T-STEM Blueprint Redesign

T-STEM Blueprint Benchmarks:

  • Mission-driven leadership
  • T-STEM Culture
  • Student Outreach, Recruitment, and Retention
  • Teacher Selection, Development, and Retention
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Academy Advancement and Sustainability
Contact Information

College, Career, and Military Prep
Postsecondary Preparation Programs
1701 N. Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701