Contact Information:

Julie Abram, Director of Advanced Academic Programs

Barber Middle School

5651 FM 517 E
Dickinson, TX  77539


Eugene Kranz Junior High School

12850 FM 3436
Dickinson, TX  77539

  • Date/Due Date


    Jan 14 – Jan 18

    Grade 4 Campus STEM Presentations

    Jan 22

    STEM Parent/Student Information Night

    5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

    Barber Middle School

    Feb 1

    STEM Application Window Opens

    Feb 15

    STEM Applications Due (collected by campus counselors)

    Mar 4-8

    STEM Writing Assessment Window

    April 12

    Identification Completed/Scores Compiled

    April 17

    STEM Academy Acceptance Status Letters Mailed

    May 3

    STEM Participation Agreements Due

    May 16

    STEM Academy Welcome Night

    5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

    Barber Middle School

STEM Mission

The purpose of the STEM Academy is to increase student achievement by engaging students in innovative science, technology, engineering and math instruction. 

STEM Vision

The STEM Academy will provide a continuous pathway of education through opportunities that create STEM-literate graduates ready to accept the challenges of advanced education beyond high school to meet the needs of future workforce. 

Instructional Focus

  • Math:  an emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking as related to real world situations 
  • History:  study historical research, documents, and artifacts to learn about cultures of the past
  • English:  connect reading and writing to authentic real world applications through essays, collaborative discussions, and a variety of literary genres. 

Learning Focus

  • Project based learning
  • Team teaching and collaboration
  • Connections across the disciplines to deepen understanding
  • Appropriate use of technology to support and increase student learning
  • Parent involvement
  • Community partnerships
  • Field trips to enhance curriculum and career paths
  • Career paths explored for High School and College aptitude

The STEM Academy is open to all students who demonstrate they have the skills necessary to be successful in the program.  To be considered as a candidate for the STEM Academy, students must meet the minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Met the passing standard on the most recent STAAR assessments in Math, Science, and Reading.

  • Currently enrolled in the highest academic core courses offered at that grade level (i.e. advanced, honors, Pre-AP, etc) for math, science, English language arts, and social studies.

  • Recent semester average of 85 (B) or better in Math, Science, Reading, and Social Studies

  • Attendance rate of 97% or better for the current school year (unexcused absences)

  • Discipline record that reflects no out-of-school suspensions, no DAEP placement, and no more than 3 days of ISS placement.

  • Two favorable teacher recommendations from the current year from Math and Science.  If the math and science teacher are one in the same, the second recommendation should come from the Reading or ELA teacher.



  • All students must meet minimum eligibility criteria for applications to be considered.

  • STEM Academy applications are accepted for all DISD students in the spring semester for placement the following school year

  • Applications are also accepted in the early fall for students new to DISD only
  • Students may also re-apply to the STEM Academy/Waiting List in the spring of each year.

  • Applications will not be accepted beyond the 3rd week of school for the current school year.

Assessment and Scoring

  • Applicants who meet minimum eligibility criteria will sit for a writing assessment administered on campus.

  • Writing samples are scored with a pre-established rubric and are scored by at least two (2) raters.

    If the two (2) raters are not in score agreement, a third rater will review the writing samples and provide a confirmation score.

  • Data points from the writing assessment as well as other student data markers are collected and Quality Points are assigned and totaled 

  • All students’ scores are then ranked from highest total to lowest total, creating the Applicant Pool and/or Waiting List.

Student Selection

  • Students are selected from the Applicant Pool for the initial grade 5 cohort during the spring semester preceding their 5th grade year.

  • the top students in grade 5 who have met minimum eligibility criteria will be accepted into the STEM Acdademy.

  • Parents and students must sign and submit the STEM Academy Contract to accept the STEM Academy placement for their students.

  • Failure to submit the Parent Consent for Participation form by the assigned due date will result in forfeiture of the STEM Academy Placement.

  • Student selection in May is contingent on applicants receiving passing scores on all current-year STAAR exams.

The Waiting List

  • Students not selected from the Applicant Pool who have met minimum eligibility criteria will be placed on the STEM Academy Waiting List for their grade level.

  • Students will be moved off the Waiting List as openings occur in the summer and in the early fall.

  • Students will be moved from the Waiting List in order of their ranking.

  • No student will be moved into the STEM Academy from the Waiting List beyond the 3rd week of school.

The mission of the Dickinson Independent School District is to ensure that all students have safe and successful learning opportunities that help them reach their full potential and add quality throughout their lives. 

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