Application & Enrollment Process

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?

SST Grades PreK - 12

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 2024-2025 school year is November 1st, 2023 - January 7th, 2024. If you submitted an application before November 1, 2023, please resubmit again as our system clears out all applications before November 1st, 2023. Once you submit an application, we will hold a virtual lottery to select our new students. Parents do not need to present for the lottery as results will be emailed to parents after the lottery has run. 
Application Process
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

Our lottery is held virtually over Zoom. Parents or applicants do not need to be present to receive a spot. The lottery for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year will occur in January 2024. However, if you missed the lottery and are interested in applying for the upcoming school year, please feel free to complete an application. 
Please note that, at this time, the lottery will not include results for Willow Creek.
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. We cannot show the results of the lottery during the live session due to privacy reasons. The results of the lottery shall be certified by a notary public. You will be emailed the status of your application after the results have been published within the system. Please allow some time for the results to be sent. Your campus registrar will also be reaching out through email this week to confirm your spot. 
You will have 5 days to accept your spot. The required documents to register are outlined below.

Waiting List

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 of assignments. Please don't give up if you are on the waiting list. Allow some time as we work through the lottery list for spots to open. 
Missed the lottery? No worries! You can still apply! You can still submit an application.

After You Accept Your Child's Spot

Required Enrollment Documents

Once you have accepted your child's spot. The Registrar at your campus will reach out to you with instructions on completing registration. You'll need to have the following information handy to complete the enrollment process. 
  • Certified copy of your 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 2023 spring semester. This is the official process for parents to notify their school for the 2023-2024 school year. Please note that the re-enrollment process is not the same process as submitting a new application. 

Transfer Students

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.