Awards & Honors
Why should you choose the Science and Engineering Magnet for your high school career?
The School of Science and Engineering has been named among the highest-performing high schools in the country. As a result, several awards and honors have been earned over the years.
The following is a short list for your consideration of our success.
• Ranked #1 in Texas Best Public High Schools list by Children at Risk Organization (2009 - 2012).
• Ranked #3 in the 2012 Washington Post's America's Most Challenging High Schools list.
• Ranked #3 in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools list.
• Ranked #4 in Newsweek's America's Best High Schools 2012 list.
• Named a 2012 Intel School of Distinction Finalist.
• Named a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education.
• SEM continues to be rated “Exemplary” by the Texas Education Agency. It has maintained this rating for over ten consecutive years.
• Named an EXEMPLARY school by the College Board in the 6th Annual AP® Report to the Nation (2009-2010) The School of Science and
Engineering had the largest number of Latino students from the class of 2009 who scored a 3 or higher on the AP® Calculus AB Exam.
• Recipient of the annual Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) Award 2009 –2012.
• Recognized by the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) as part of its 2009-2012 Just for the Kids Campaign for Higher Performing
Schools in Texas.
• Siemens Award for Advanced Placement (2008 Award Recipient).
• Number 1 school in USA for the overall number of African American and Hispanic Students passing the AP Calculus Exams,
• 2005 No Child Left Behind National Blue Ribbon Award winner.
• Robotics Voice Recognition Science Fair Project placed fourth in World.
• With only 400 students in the entire school, we are in the top 10 Texas High Schools for passing numbers on the AP Calculus Exam for all schools
of ANY size.
• We have one of only five working electron microscopes in high schools throughout the USA.
• Fast-Track course design in math, science, English and computer science.
• We have been adopted by the University of Texas at Dallas Engineering Department and adopted and sponsored by Texas Instruments.
• Many of the teaching staff of SEM have had “real world” jobs in research and engineering that give us the ability to answer the questions of where
scientific principles are used.
• We have two PhD's and the majority of faculty members have Master’s degrees. Several of our teachers have taught at the college or university level.
• We have major industrial adopters that offer college internships for engineering majors, including Texas Instruments.
• In 2012, our graduating seniors (84 total) were offered a total of over 16 million dollars in scholarships.