“SEM...where the possibilities are endless!”

SEM Profile

Enrollment 2013-14
Freshman 113
Sophomore 102
Junior 85
Senior 91
Ethnic Diversity
Asian/Pac. Islander 9.8%
Native American 0.5%
Hispanic 53.6%
African American 20.4%
Anglo 15.7%
SAT Scores (M&V only)
  State SEM
2013 976 1203
2012 973 1225
ACT Scores
  State SEM
2013 20.9 25.9
2012 20.8 26.8
Graduate Follow-up
College/University Class of 2013 Class of 2012
4 Year 98% 98%
2 Year 2% 2%

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The School of Science and Engineering is housed at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, home to five other magnet schools.

Science and Engineering provides many outstanding resources:

  • Electron Microscope magnifying up to a million times used for biological research projects. An ultra-microtone is used to prepare slides by slicing specimens to one micrometer (0.000001) thick.
  • State-of-the-art computer labs.
  • Fully equipped engineering robotics lab equipped to manufacture and program robots used in competitions throughout Texas.
  • Chemistry, Physics, and Biology labs equipped with university level equipment.
  • A curriculum that prepares students for college by having them begin taking Advanced Placement courses their freshman year.
  • Accelerated tracks in math, science, and English.
  • A wide variety of extracurricular activities such as drama, speech, mock trial, chess team, computer science team, math teams, robotics team, UIL teams, European trips, etc. We encourage our students to be well-rounded!

SEM Highlights

  • State Exemplary (highest) rating — the Texas Education Agency 1996-2012
  • MET Texas State Academic Standards and earned all 3 levels of distinction — 2013
  • 2005 & 2011 National Blue Ribbon High School — United States Department of Education
  • No. 2 Public High School in America — Washington Post, Washington D.C. 2013
  • No. 1 Public High School in America — Washington Post High School Challenge (May 2011).
  • No. 1 Public High School in America-Newsweek Magazine (June 2011).
  • No. 4 Public High School in America/No.1 in the South—Newsweek Magazine 2013
  • No. 2 Public High School in America for minorities passing AP Tests in math, science & English- College Board
  • No. 2 Public High School in Texas — “Just for Kids” program 2013
  • No. 1 Public High School in Texas— Children at Risk Organization 2009-2012
  • Texas Business Education Coalition Award — top 4 % Schools in Texas 2003-2012
  • Gold Medal Public High School — US News & World Report 2009-2013
  • Exemplary Public High School — College Board Annual Report 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.
  • Siemens Award - Advanced Placement program Math 2008 & Science 2012
  • 2012/2013 UIL Academic Region Champions — District Champions 13 of the past 14 yrs
  • Featured on CNN: “America's Best High School” — June 24, 2011 & “Inside America's Best High School” — Sep 15, 2011
  • 2012 INTEL School of Distinction Award Winner: Mathematics — 1 of 5 Award Winners
  • Featured on NBC Chanel 5 DFW “National Award of Excellence School of Distinction” 2012
  • Participant in the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) Education for Innovation: Digital Town Hall Meeting with Secretary of Education Arne Duncam and Secretary General Angel Gurria Organization for Economic Co-operationa dn Development (OECD) sponsored by PBS NewsHour, Intel Corporation, The Aspen Institute and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) (December 2011)
  • Recipient of the annual Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) Award 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.
  • Recognized by the National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) as part of its 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Just for the Kids Campaign for Higher Performing Schools in Texas
  • Siemens award winner in 2007-2008 for advanced placement math, science, and computer science scores.
  • Visited by President and Mrs. Bush in 2006.
  • Named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2005.
  • Featured in a 2006 U.S. Department of Education Math/Science Program.
  • The School of Science and Engineering is ranked in the top 1% of the nation in Advanced Placement results.
  • Students consistently place first in the Math Olympiad.
  • Calculus AB and BC passing rates ranked in the top 1% in the nation.
  • Number 1 school in USA for the overall number of African American and Hispanic Students passing the AP Calculus Exams
  • 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.
  • District champions in UIL in areas including math, science, number sense, calculator, literary criticism, etc.
  • Students nationally recognized in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Benefits of a SEM Education

  • An outstanding faculty and a world-class facility.
  • A college-prep education with a feeling of “family”.
  • Sponsors and advisors from local universities and Texas Instruments.
  • Concurrent enrollment at several area community colleges and universities with dual credit.
  • Universities and colleges which have accepted and/or offered scholarships to our seniors include:
    • Baylor University
    • Columbia University
    • Cornell College
    • M.I.T.
    • Notre Dame University
    • Prairie View A&M University
    • Purdue University
    • Rice University
    • Southern Methodist University
    • Stanford University
    • Texas A&M University
    • Texas Christian University
    • Texas Tech University
    • United States Naval Academy
    • University of Arkansas
    • University of Dallas
    • University of Texas at Austin/ at Dallas/ at Galveston
    • Yale
    • And many others.
  • Our students successfully pursue majors in science, medicine, mathematics, computer science, English, engineering, and any field that they choose to study.

Pre-Advanced Placement Courses

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • English I & II
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Pre-Calculus
  • French III
  • German III
  • Latin III
  • Spanish III
  • Latin I & II
  • Pre AP Computer Science II

Advanced Placement Courses

  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Statistics
  • English Language
  • English Literature & Composition
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics B
  • Physics C
  • Environmental Science
  • Psychology
  • World History
  • United States History
  • European History
  • United States Government
  • Human Geography
  • Macro-Economics
  • Micro-Economics
  • Computer Science A
  • Spanish IV Language
  • Spanish V Literature
  • French Language
  • French Literature
  • German IV Language
  • Latin IV Vergil
  • 2D Design
  • 3D Design
  • Studio Art Drawing
  • Music Theory

Additional / Advanced Course Offerings

  • Advanced Topics of the Theory of Applied Mathematics (A.T.T.A.M.)
  • PSAT
  • Intro. to Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Computer Animation Programming
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fast Track Math (Pre-AP Algebra II, Pre-AP Geometry & Pre-AP Pre-Calculus completed Freshman year)
  • Super Fast Track Math (Pre-AP Algebra II, Pre-AP Geometry, Pre-AP Pre-Calculus & AP Calculus AB completed Freshman year)
  • Super Science Class (AP-Chemistry & AP-Physics with concurrent AP Chemistry Labs & Physics Labs)