About Thunderbird STEM Academy

  • Thunderbird STEM Academy-

    Our Goal: Providing Opportunities for Students to Become College-ready Graduates Interested in Studying and Entering STEM Careers.

    Thunderbird STEM Academy, started in 2017, provides students (grades 9 through 12) the opportunity to complete a course of study that combines high school and post-secondary courses utilizing a school within a school model. Our Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) is an innovative open-enrollment high school that allows students to receive tailored courses that fit their STEM interests and future careers. Our program provides students with a seamless path from high school to post-secondary education and/or to employment. The Thunderbird STEM Academy offers students rigorous instruction and accelerated coursework to gain college credit and earn industry certifications. Students earn a high school diploma, work credentials, and professional certificates. Students also engage in work-based education at every grade level, such as internships, apprenticeships, or other forms of job training programs.  


     P-TECH Program Overview:

    • Partner with Texas Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) and regional businesses and industries, giving students access to post-secondary education and workforce training opportunities
    • Align to regional workforce needs, guiding students into high-demand, high-wage careers
    • Enroll historically underserved students, targeting at-risk and economically disadvantaged 
    • Enable students to earn a high school diploma, college credits, along with a Level 1 or Level 2 certificate, or industry-based certificates within 4 years
    • Offer age-appropriate work-based learning opportunities at every grade level
    • Allow students to gain work experience through an internship, apprenticeship, or other job training program


    The Thunderbird STEM Academy Benefits:

    School with a School Model

    • Students are maintained as a cohort to the greatest extent possible.
    • Available to students at no cost!
    • AM & PM shuttle bus transportation to WHS is available from select middle and high school campuses. (Pick-up and drop-off stops are determined by JISD transportation https://www.judsonisd.org/Page/35288)
    • All CTE and extracurricular classes are available to STEM students.


    Earn a High School Diploma & More!

    • Technology is integrated throughout with students using one-to-one devices.
    • Boosted GPA: All core classes are Honors, AP, or dual credit.
    • Students can receive a STEM endorsement for taking four consecutive courses on a STEM pathway.
    • Earn up to 60 hours of tuition-free college credit

    Career and Technology Education

    • Earn career and technology certifications (full list: https://www.judsonisd.org/Page/16086)
    • Develop workplace skills through mentorships and internships with industry partners
    • Project Lead the Way Engineering, Biomedical Science, and Computer Science Courses are offered.
    • Pick your pathway: Engineering, Computer Science, Biomedical Science

    Enter Job Market with Work-Ready Skills

    • Field trips, job shadowing, and other experiences are provided.
    • STEM professional guest speakers.
    • Work-Based Learning through job shadowing and hands-on experiences.
    • Community service expectation.
    • Partnerships with community businesses. 


    *(originally started as a TEA Designated T-STEM, now a TEA Designated P-TECH)