Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

The STEM community will provide students with a curriculum focused towards discipline in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students will take Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement courses as well as have an opportunity to receive career themes information, project based instruction, challenging real world experiences in the form of internships and innovative learning opportunities. Students participating in this community will have the opportunity to earn a STEM endorsement from the state of Texas.



Pre-AP is defined as any course students take which leads to success:
-in an Advanced Placement course, and/or
-on an Advanced Placement exam, and/or
-in any course of study regardless of whether students attend a four-year      university, a community college, a technical institute, or enter the workplace.

 All Pre-AP courses offer the opportunity to:
-provide students with the skills and strategies necessary to be independent  successful learners.
-challenge the student's creative and analytical reading, thinking, presenting, and writing skills.
-align with a standard of performance as indicated by AP examinations.
-become lifelong learners who participate yearly in AP conferences and institutes.

The purpose of College Board Advanced Placement (AP) courses is to  prepare the students for college work and/or AP exams that provide students the opportunity to receive college credit.  By earning a college's required grade on an AP Exam (usually a 3, 4, or  5), students may receive the equivalent of credit for a semester's or year's worth of coursework.  This could also save the student (parent) the cost of tuition or books for that required course.

 A Ball High School Advanced Placement course follows the curriculum  developed by the College Board Advanced Placement Program.  (A Ball High student enrolled in an  AP course studies a standardized curriculum similar to other AP courses offered across the country.)  A course designated as AP is therefore recognized nationally by high schools, colleges, and universities for the consistency of its curriculum. 

-are more demanding than regular high school courses
-are recommended for highly motivated students.
-are different from the regular high school courses in that they are taught with college curricula and college level materials.  (The curriculum of an AP course is  at an accelerated pace, and performance is assessed at the analysis and synthesis level). 
-allow students the opportunity to engage in subjects at a greater depth than regular courses.
-give the students the background and preparation that will prove beneficial for student success when enrolled in college. 


Please view the STEM Crosswalk--a document that will help you with course selection from high school to college. 





funded by the Magnet Schools Assistance Program

 STM = Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
BIO = Biomedical Engineering and the Medical Professions


Focus: Accelerated curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through project based learning

Goal: Equip students with the tools that will prepare them for post-secondary learning and career opportunities in STEM fields with emphasis on engineering

While in this community, you can expect to learn how to:

· Use a 3-D printer
· Utilize Vex Robotics equipment
· Start and end a project
· Build with your imagination
· Work in a real world environment
· Work in a real world environment
· Establish career internships
· Program computers and circuits
· Explore real world problems via Project Based Learning

Benefits: Hands-on classes that benefit your career in engineering (electrical, aerospace, mechanical, chemical, civil) computer assisted drafting, architect, astronaut, airline pilot, and geologist.

Career Certifications and Endorsements that would usually cost hundreds of dollars are provided for free.


Sample Schedule for a STEM student:

9th Grade:

1st Period: English I PAP

2nd Period: PAP Geometry/PAP Algebra I

3rd Period: PAP Chemistry/PAP Biology

4th Period: PAP US History

5th Period: IED

6th Period: Foreign Language

7th Period: PE or substitute

8th Period: Elective

10th Grade:

1st Period: English II PAP

2nd Period: PAP Algebra II/PAP Geometry

3rd Period: AP Science/PAP Chemistry

4th Period: AP World History

5th Period: POE

6th Period: Foreign Language

7th Period: Elective

8th Period: Elective

11th Grade:

1st Period: English III AP/DC

2nd Period: PAP PreCal/PAP Algebra II

3rd Period: AP Physics

4th Period: AP Government/AP Economics

5th Period: Computer Science/DE/Robotics

6th Period: Speech/Elective

7th Period: Elective

8th Period: Elective

12th Grade:

1st Period: English IV AP/DC

2nd Period: Advanced Math/PAP PreCal

3rd Period: AP Science

4th Period: AP Social Studies

5th Period: Aero/EDD/Design Graphics

6th Period: Elective

7th Period: Elective

8th Period: Elective