The Best: School of Science and Engineering Magnet

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Ranked #1 High School in Texas by Children at Risk organization 2009 – 2010.
Ranked #4 “Best High Schools” in the United States (June 14, 2010) by “Newsweek.com”.
Ranked #8 out of 21,786 public high schools across the Nation and named a US News Gold Medal School for the third consecutive year 2009 – 2010.
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 –2010 .
Recognized by the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) as part of its 2009 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 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 2010, our graduating seniors (86 total) were offered more than 9.7 million dollars in scholarships.

Gold Medal List | US News Best High Schools

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The School of Science and Engineering Magnet in Dallas resembles most high schools these days: Legislature threatens huge budget cuts, teachers face pink slips and 62 percent of the students qualify for subsidized lunch. Amid these challenges, however, students work hard to earn their success, steering their school to the No. 1 spot on Newsweek’s annual list of America’s Best High Schools…

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