School Profile

“A High School for Tomorrow’s Medical Professional”

10650 North Expressway 77/83
Olmito, Texas 78586
(956) 214-6100

http://medicalacademy.stisd.net

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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
  • Partnership with, Altas Palmas Veterinary Clinic, Alta Vista Nursing Home, Alpine Adult Day Care, Baylor College of Medicine, Brownsville Community Health Center, Brownsville Rehabilitation Services, Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance, Dr. Sanusi MD, Golden Palms, Harlingen Medical Center, Heart Institute of Brownsville, Knapp Medical Center, Rio Grande State Center, Paws-n-Claws Veterinary Clinic, Sunshine Haven, Valley Baptist Medical Center Brownsville, Valley Baptist Medical Center Harlingen, Valley Children’s Clinic, Valley Regional Medical Center, Veranda Nursing Home and Rehab, Valley Grande Manor Nursing Home, University of Texas RGV, Texas State Technical College, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Texas A&M Health Science Center and Texas Southmost College.
  • Recipient of the 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016 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 th 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 370 th 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 388 th in the nation in the Niche Best Public High Schools
  • 2015-2016 Ranked 9th in Texas and 40 th 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 293 rd in the nation Newsweek’s “Beating the Odds” America’s Top High Schools
  • 2015-2016 Texas Education Agency Met Standard with Distinction Campus-Awarded Seven Distinctions

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. Marla Guerra, Superintendent
  • Jeff Hembree, Deputy Superintendent          
  • Marla Knaub, Asst. Supt. for Finance
  • Harry Goette, Principal
  • William McKinney, Asst. Principal
  • Jose Lucio, Asst. Principal
  • Yolanda Garcia, Counselor
  • Rosemary Kithcart, Counselor
  • Mayela Solana, 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 in Biology, English and US History.

Certifications____________________________________

Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant- American Medical Technologist (AMT)
Certified Clinical Medical Assisting Certification- National Healthcare Association (NHA)
Phlebotomy Technician Certification- National Phlebotomy Association (NPA)
Patient Care Technician Certification- National Healthcare 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)
Register Dental Assistant- Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (coming 2017-2018)
Certified Pharmacy Technician- American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (coming 2017-2018)