Jerry Knight STEM Academy

2018-2019 Admission Application

Application Window: November 27, 2017 through January 12, 2018

Deadline for Applications: January 12, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.

Academy Overview

The STEM Academy is an advanced academic program located at Wester Middle School. The academy is designed to provide a rigorous and focused course of study emphasizing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Coursework is advanced within a Pre-AP concentration and integrates project/problem based learning and Makerspace with open learning environments. The learning environment at the academy gives learners “voice and choice” to create, invent, tinker, and explore with the result being high quality and authentic products. Learners will use 21st century skills; including collaboration, communication, creative thinking and critical thinking, while excelling in academic content.

Student Selection Criteria

A learner profile will assist in the identification of learners that have the potential to be successful in the Jerry Knight STEM Academy. The learner must meet minimum application requirements to be considered for acceptance. Minimum requirements are as follows:

  • Achievement Data:
    • 4th Grade STAAR Reading – 1550 or higher scale score
    • 4th Grade STAAR Math – 1670 or higher scale score
    • 4th Grade STAAR Writing – 3650 or higher scale score
  • Norm referenced performance on (these assessments will be scheduled in February):
    • MAP Science Achievement
    • NNAT-3

(Parents can access their learner’s 4th grade STAAR scores by referring to their 2016 Confidential Student Report or contacting their learner’s intermediate campus.)

Submitting your application

Once you have read and understand the admission criteria, click the link below to submit your application. Please know that once the application form is started, it must be completed in its entirety. You will NOT be able to save and resume later. You might consider typing essay answers in a word processing program prior to beginning the online application. You will be able to copy and paste answers from a word processing program into the online form.


If you would like to view the application before opening the application submission form, view the preview application link below.