School Profile

South Texas ISD Medical Professions

"A High Scholl for Tomorrow's Medical Professional"


Vision                                                                                    

 

Our vision is a dynamic partnership between schools, colleges, universities, and the private sector that addresses the need for highly skilled medical professionals.

Mission                                                                                

 

Our mission is to educate future medical professionals in the health sciences through the integration of rigorous academic, medical and technological education.

 

School Achievements                                                  

  • San Benito campus program redirected in 2003 as a regional magnet school focused on developing future medical professionals
  • Clinical Partnerships with, Altas Palmas Veterinary Clinic, Alta Vista Nursing Home, Alpine Adult Day Care, Autreys Pharmacy Brownsville Community Health Center, Brownsville Fire/Rescue, Brownsville Rehabilitation Services, Burke Children’s Dentistry (Harlingen), CVS Pharmacy (Brownsville, McAllen & Port Isabel), De La Rosa-Martinez Dentistry (San Benito), Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance, Dr. Emilio Hernandez (Brownsville-Dentist), Dr. Emilio Marquez O.D., Dr. Guajardo OB/GYN,  Dr. Maria Bonuel-Silverio MD, Dr. Sanusi MD, Fry’s Prescription Pharmacy, Fox Hollow Post-Acute, LLC, Golden Palms, Gulf Coast Eye Institute, Harlingen South Texas Emergency EMS, Harlingen Family Dentistry, Harlingen Medical Center, Izquierdo family Dentistry, Knapp Medical Center, La Fe Adult Day Care, Los Ebanos Family Dentistry (Brownsville), Los Fresnos Ambulance Service, Los Ebanos Family Dentistry, Martinez Dental Group, Med-Care-McAllen, Muniz Pharmacy (Harlingen), Optic Trend, Paws-n-Claws Veterinary Clinic, Professional Dental Group (Brownsville), Professional Dental Group (Pharr), Ramos-Boyd Dentistry (Harlingen ), Richard’s Pharmacy, Rio Grande State Center, RGV Endodontics (Edinburg), Saenz Pharmacy (McAllen), Salinas Pharmacy (Harlingen), San Benito Medical Associates, Solara Hospital, South Texas Eye Center, Spanish Meadows Nursing Center, South Padre Island Fire/Rescue, South Texas Emergency Care Foundation-Harlingen, Sunshine Haven, The Country Vet, The Eye Experts, The City of Port Isabel EMS, The City of South Padre Island Fire Department, Valle-Villarreal Dental Center (Brownsville), Valley Baptist Medical Center Brownsville, Valley Baptist Medical Center Harlingen, Valley Cancer Associates, Valley Children’s Clinic, Valley Community Reference Lab, Valley Regional Medical Center, Veranda Nursing Home and Rehab, Valley Grande Manor Nursing Home, and Walgreens (Edinburg & Brownsville), Xavier Leo’s Family Dentistry (Brownsville)
  • Postsecondary Partnerships with Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard University, University of Texas RGV, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, University of Houston, Texas A&M Health Science Center and Texas Southmost College
  • Recipient of the 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Silver Star of Excellence in Community Service Award from the National Technical Honor Society
  • Texas Business and Education Coalition 2008-2009 Honor Roll
  • 2008-2009 Texas Education Agency Recognized Campus
  • 2008-2009 Ranked 65th in the nation U.S. News and World Report Top 100 Gold Medal High Schools
  • 2009-2010 Texas Education Agency Exemplary Campus
  • 2009-2010 Texas Education Agency Title I Part A Distinguished Progress Award
  • 2009 -2010 Ranked in the U.S. News and World Report Silver Medal High Schools
  • National Center for Educational Achievement Just For The Kids 2009-2010 Higher Performing School
  • National Center for Educational Achievement 2010-2011 Higher Performing School
  • 2010-2011 Texas Education Agency Title I Part A Distinguished Progress Award
  • 2010-2011 Ranked 81st in the Nation Newsweek Top 100 High Schools
  • 2010-2011 Ranked 3rd in the Nation Newsweek Transformative High Schools
  • 2010-2011 Ranked 9th in the Nation and 3rd in the State in the Washington Post High School Challenge
  • 2010-2011 Texas Education Agency Recognized Campus
  • 2010-2011 Ranked in the U.S. News and World Report Silver Medal High Schools
  • 2010-2011 Ranked 38th in the U.S. News and World Report Most Connected Classrooms
  • National Center for Educational Achievement 2011-2012 Higher Performing School
  • Texas ACT Council 2011-2012 College Readiness Award
  • 2011-2012 Ranked 18th in Texas and 161st in the Nation U.S. News and World Report Gold Medal High Schools
  • 2011-2012 Ranked 14th in Texas and 91st in the Nation Newsweek Top 100 High Schools
  • 2011-2012 Ranked 5th in the nation Newsweek Transformative High Schools
  • 2011-2012 Ranked 4th in Texas and 13th in the Nation Washington Post High School Challenge
  • 2012-2013 Ranked 8th in Texas and 22nd in the Nation Washington Post High School Challenge
  • 2012-2013 Ranked 27th in Texas and 171st in the Nation U.S. News and World Report Gold Medal High Schools
  • 2012-2013 Ranked 92nd in Texas and 1,080 in the nation Newsweek’s Americas Best High Schools
  • 2012-2013 Texas Education Agency Met Standard with Distinction Campus-Awarded Three Distinctions
  • Texas ACT Council 2012-2013 College Readiness Award
  • 2013-2014 Ranked 7th in Texas and 23nd in the Nation Washington Post High School Challenge
  • 2013-2014 Texas Education Agency High-Progress and High-Performing School
  • 2013-2014 Texas Education Agency Met Standard with Distinction Campus-Awarded Six Distinctions
  • 2013-2014 Ranked 370th in the nation Newsweek's Americas Best High Schools
  • 2013-2014 Ranked 23rd in the nation Newsweek's Americas Most Change-Making Schools
  • 2013-2014 Texas Education Agency Met Standard with Distinction Campus
  • 2014-2015 Ranked 54th in Texas in the Niche 100 Best Public High Schools in Texas
  • 2014-2015 Ranked 16th in Texas and 50th in the Nation Washington Post High School Challenge
  • 2014-2015 Ranked 42nd in Texas and 276st in the nation U.S. News and World Report Gold Medal High Schools
  • 2014-2015 Texas Education Agency Met Standard with Distinction Campus-Awarded Seven Distinctions
  • 2015-2016 Opened new Medical Academy campus in Olmito, Texas
  • 2015-2016 Educational Results Partnership and the Institute for Productivity in Education Texas Star Honor Roll School
  • 2015-2016 Ranked 35th in Texas and 388th in the Nation in the Niche Best Public High Schools
  • 2015-2016 Ranked 9th in Texas and 40th in the nation in the Niche Best Magnet High Schools in America
  • 2015-2016 Ranked 21st in Texas and 53rd in the Nation Washington Post High School Challenge
  • 2015-2016 Ranked 39th in Texas and 237th in the nation U.S. News and World Report Gold Medal High Schools
  • 2015-2016 Ranked 293rd in the nation Newsweek's "Beating the Odd" America's Top High Schools
  • 2015-2016 Texas Education Agency Met Standard with Distinction Campus-Awarded Seven Distinctions
  • 2016-2017 Ranked 59th in Texas the Niche Best Public High Schools and received an A rating
  • 2016-2017 Ranked 18th in Texas in the Niche Standout Schools
  • 2016-2017 Ranked 12th in Texas in the Niche Best Magnet High Schools
  • 2016-2017 Educational Results Partnership and the Institute for Productivity in Education Texas Star Honor Roll School
  • 2016-2017 Ranked 20th in Texas and 109th in the nation U.S. News and World Report Gold Medal High Schools
  • 2016-2017 Ranked 30th in the nation U.S. News and World Report Best Magnet High Schools
  • 2016-2017 Ranked 12st in Texas and 26th in the Nation Washington Post High School Challenge
  • 2017-2018 Ranked 103rd in Texas the Niche Best Public High Schools and received an A rating
  • 2017-2018 Ranked 147th in Texas in the Niche Best Magnet High Schools
  • 2017-2018 Texas Education Agency Met Standard with Distinction Campus-Awarded Seven Distinctions
  • 2017-2018 GreatSchools College Success Award Winner
  • 2017-2018 Ranked 42nd in Texas and 220th in the nation U.S. News and World Report Gold Medal High Schools
  • 2017-2018 Ranked 52nd in the Nation U.S. News and World Report Best Magnet High Schools
  • 2018-2019 Ranked 69th in Texas in the Niche 100 Best Public High Schools in Texas
  • 2018-2019 Ranked 10th in Texas in the Niche Best Magnet High Schools
  • 2018-2019 Texas Education Agency Met Standard with Distinction Campus-Awarded Seven Distinctions
  • 2018-2019 GreatSchools College Success Award Winner
  • 2018-2019 Ranked 64th in Texas and 433rd in the Nation U.S. News and World Report Gold Medal High Schools
  • 2018-2019 Ranked 82nd in the Nation U.S. News and World Report Best Magnet High Schools
  • 2018-2019 Ranked 23nd in Texas and 63nd in the Nation Washington Post High School Challenge
  • 2018-2019 Educational Results Partnership and the Institute for Productivity in Education Texas Star Honor Roll School
 

School Characteristics                                              

  • A public, tuition-free magnet high school.  Free transportation provided.
  • Serves students from 28 school districts in the counties of Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy
  • Strong academic preparation and hands-on experiences allowing students to explore health care technology and the medical field
  • Member of the College Board Advanced Placement Program
  • Accredited by AdvancED School Accreditation
  • Current enrollment of about 764 students
 

Administration                                                                

  • Dr. Antonio Lara, Superintendent
  • Jeff Hembree, Deputy Superintendent
  • Marla Knaub, Asst. Supt. for Finance
  • William McKinney, Asst. Principal
  • Harry Goette, Principal
  • William McKinney, Asst. Principal
  • Jose Lucio, Asst. Principal
  • Cinthia Alvarado, Counselor
  • Mayela Solana, Counselor
  • Luz Zamora, Counselor

Curriculum                                                                        

Medical Academy offers a rigorous academic curriculum that prepares students for a career in health care such as a doctor, pharmacist, nurse, and medical researcher. Students spend three years on campus taking health science courses as well as completing rigorous academic requirements. In their senior year, students put this health science background into practice as interns at hospitals, pharmacies, doctor offices and medical labs.

Medical Academy offers the Foundation Diploma with endorsements in: STEMS (science, technology, engineering and math); Public Service; Arts and Humanities and Multidisciplinary Studies. Advanced Placement classes are available in Art, Biology, Calculus, Computer Science, Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Science, English Language, English Literature, Physics, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, U.S. Government, U.S. History, and World History.

Dual Enrollment is available in Biology, English and US History.

Certifications                                                                 

  • Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant – American Medical Technologist (AMT)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assisting – National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician – National Phlebotomy Association (NPA)
  • Certified Patient Care Technician – National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
  • Emergency Medical Technician Certification – National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)
  • Certified Ophthalmic Assistant – Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)
  • Registered Dental Assistant – Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE)
  • National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) – Dental Assisting National Board (DANB)
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician – Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)