Application season for the 2023-2024 school year
is open now through December 15th.
Thank you for your interest in joining the School of Science and Technology! SST is a tuition-free, college-prep Texas charter school system that provides rigorous, high-quality education focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to Pre-K through 12th grade students. We have schools in San Antonio, Houston, and Corpus Christi. Click here to find your school.
Who Can Apply?
We are accepting applications for students starting at the age of four. We welcome all future scientists, coders, engineers, and mathematicians.
It is the policy of SST Schools to comply with all state and federal regulations regarding admission and not to discriminate during the admission and the lottery process on the basis of gender, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, academic, artistic, athletic ability, or the district the child would otherwise attend.
When Can You Apply?
Application season for the 2023-2024 school year is November 1st, 2022 - December 15th. If you submitted an application before November 1st, please resubmit again as our system clears out all applications before November 1st. Once you submit an application, we will hold a lottery on January 4th to select our new students.
Applicants must create an account and submit a completed Application Form in order to be considered for admission. The application form must be signed and dated by the parent(s).
The application form must include the following items:
- Applicant’s name (first, last, and middle names)
- Applicant’s birth date
- Applicant’s current grade level and grade applied for
- Applicant’s residential address
- Phone numbers
- Applicant’s parents’ name and signature
- Whether the applicant has a sibling already admitted to attending the school
- If they are a staff member's child
How the Lottery Works
A lottery is to be conducted if the number of applicants exceeds the maximum enrollment. The lottery shall take place within 15 days after the last day of the application period. The lottery will be conducted via lottery selection software under the supervision of a campus representative and central office representative. This ensures that the winner list and the waiting list are selected randomly. Results of the lottery shall be certified by a notary public. Results will be posted immediately on the SmartChoice portal for families to view their lottery results.
The lottery will be paused momentarily after the computerized lottery fills all available seats allowed by the enrollment cap. The drawing will then continue, and the randomly-selected numbers will be used to create a waiting list. As space becomes available, applicants will be called from the waiting list beginning with applicants with the lowest number assignment.
After You Accept Your Child's Spot
Required Enrollment Documents
Once you have accepted your child's spot in SmartChoice. The Admissions and Recruitment Officer at your campus will reach out to you with instructions on completing enrollment in Skyward. You'll need to have the following information handy to complete the enrollment process.
- Certified copy of child’s birth certificate
- Current Immunization Record
- Social Security Card for the child (if available)
- Photo ID of Parent or Guardian
- Proof of Residency (Current Utility Bill, Lease Agreement)
- Proof of Income (Tax Return, Current Paystubs, Letter of Employer, etc.), if applying on the basis of being economically disadvantaged.
- Court Documentation or Letter from Child Protective Services (CPS) establishing foster care, if applying on the basis of conservatorship.
Re-Enrollment for Current Students
Returning students (students who currently attend the school and intend to return the next school year) are given priority in admission. Re-enrollment will take place in the spring semester. This process is for parents to notify their school for the 2023-2024 school year.
Civil Action 5281 requires that TEA not approve student transfers where the effect of such transfers changes the majority or minority percentage of the school population by more than one percent in either the sending or receiving district. SST Schools comply with reporting transfer students pursuant to Civil Action 5281 by using the student transfer system provided on the Texas Education Agency website under PEIMS section.
Children of the School’s Founders, Board Members, Employees and Siblings Policy
Children of the school’s founders, governing board members, teachers, and staff(*) as well as siblings of returning students (who timely notify the school of their intent to return for the next school year) are exempt from lottery requirements.
If there are more children of school founders, governing board members, teachers and staff and sibling applicants than spaces available, they will be entered into a separate lottery and either admitted if space allows or placed on the waiting list in the order that they are drawn.
Another separate lottery will be held for applicants who do not fall into either of the two above mentioned categories, and who submit applications prior to the deadline. These students will be admitted if there is space or will be placed on the waiting list in the order drawn.
For this policy “sibling” shall mean a biological or legally adopted brother or sister residing in the same household as the applicant. Cousins, nieces, nephews and unrelated children sharing an address with the applicant are not siblings. Sibling enrollment is dependent on available space and does not guarantee enrollment of each listed sibling.
(*)As long as the total number of students allowed constitutes only a small percentage of the total enrollment, as permitted by federal guidance on the Charter Schools Program.