What is the difference between STEAM academies and traditional classrooms?
STEAM academies give students a hands-on approach to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Students will receive all the required knowledge and skills as required by the state, but will have their academy focus as the context for learning.
How do I apply?
There are two steps to apply: attend a parent information session, and complete the online application.
When can I apply?
The application deadline will be posted before winter break begins.
When are the parent information sessions?
Parents must attend a mandatory information session for each academy their student is interested in pursuing. Dates and times will be posted before winter break.
What documentation is required to apply?
As part of the online application process, the following documents are required. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Documents to be uploaded as part of the application include:
- State assessment results,or other standardized test if currently enrolled in a private school from the previous year
- Current report card
- Current attendance report if attendance is not indicated on report card
- If applicable, current Individual Education Program (IEP), Section 504 Plan, LPAC documentation, Gifted & Talented documentation,or health services plan.
- Certificate of attendance to verify attendance at one of the mandatory information sessions. If you are applying to both academies, a certificate from each parent session is required.
- References from the student’s current math and English teachers
What are the academic eligibility requirements?
Current CHISD students - average of 75 or higher in all core classes (ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science) and met standard on the most recent Math and ELA state assessments (STAAR)
Prospective students - an average of 80 or higher in all core classes (ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science) and met standard on the most recent Math and ELA state assessments (STAAR)
How will students be selected?
Students applying to either academy will be selected based on established criteria. A lottery will be conducted if the number of students who meet the required standards exceeds the number of spots available in each grade level.
When will I be notified?
The notification date will be posted before winter break.
My child is not enrolled in CHISD. Can we still apply?
Yes, Cedar Hill ISD is a selective open-enrollment District; therefore, students residing outside the attendance boundaries of CHISD may apply.
Do the academies require tuition?
No, both academies are tuition-free.
If my student is interested in both academies, do I submit two applications?
No, only one application is required, but you will need to note your first and second choice.
What if my child is not selected?
Students who meet the established criteria and are not selected will be placed on a waitlist for the 2017-2018 school year.
If my child currently attends Coleman or Permenter, do we still need to apply?
Will academy students follow the same schedule as traditional students?
Yes, academy students will follow the same academic calendar as the district. The school day will begin and end at the same time as traditional classes.
Do I need to apply if my student wants to attend traditional classes at Coleman or Permenter?
No, students who do not wish to be part of the academies can attend the schools within their primary residence attendance zone without submitting an application. However, standard enrollment procedures should be followed.Where do I find the access code I need to apply?You do not need an access code to submit an application. This message is received if you attempt to submit the application as a returning student. NEW STUDENT should be selected when submitting the application.Where do I find the Recommendation Form teachers need to submit?The Recommendation Form can be found in the Required Documentation section at the end of the application. You will need to click the link that says "click here" to download the form.What if I have more questions?