The official designation site of the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Academies.

The T-STEM Blueprint

In June of 2018, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) implemented a new T-STEM design Blueprint. Schools seeking T-STEM designation must engage in one year of planning (known as the “planning year”) with the support of a TEA selected technical assistance provider, Educate Texas, prior to being designated as a T-STEM academy. Existing T-STEM designees must reapply annually for T-STEM designation renewal and demonstrate they are meeting the Blueprint design elements and outcomes-based measures (OBMs). TEA will continue to evaluate the Blueprint and incorporate stakeholder feedback to support schools. The Blueprint will ensure that schools fulfill T-STEM requirements with fidelity of implementation.

  • The 2019-2020 Planning Year T-STEM Application is closed.
  • The 2019-2020 Designation Renewal Application is open as of January 15, 2019. Designation renewal is available to any campus designated as T-STEM in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Planning Year Information

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In order to operate as a Texas Education Agency-approved T-STEM Academy, all prospective applicants must demonstrate an ability to implement the T-STEM Blueprint benchmarks.

Technical Assistance Webinar

The Technical Assistance webinar was held on Monday, October 29, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. CST. Watch the recorded webinar.

Designation Renewal Information

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Designated T-STEM Academies must reapply for designation every academic year. Campuses can only apply for designation renewal if they held designation status in the current academic year.

Technical Assistance Webinar

TEA held an informational webinar about the T-STEM renewal application process on January 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.


Need help?

To access the instructions for completing the T-STEM planning year application or the annual designation application, visit the T-STEM Guidelines page.


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Be sure to register for an account if you haven't already. On the application create page, select either Planning or Designation Renewal to start your application.


T-STEM Designated Schools:

  • Receive recogntion as an approved T-STEM Campus
  • Are invited to participate in T-STEM convenings
  • Gain membership in the T-STEM Newtwork
  • Are eligible for flexible school day program
  • Have access to resources (e.g., technical assistance, professional development, research-based best practices outlined in the Blueprint)

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you still have questions?

Review the Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) page to find the answer or find out how to submit a question if yours isn't included.