TeSA Academics

Our Curriculum

TeSA encourages young minds to explore by providing stimulating academics in a creative atmosphere. Students thrive in a supportive environment designed to build their confidence by instilling a love of learning in all subjects. Each academic discipline is aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). We exceed these standards though the use of Core Knowledge curriculum which has a coherent, cumulative and content-specific core structure. 

Social Studies
Physical Education
Visual Arts

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Texas School of the Arts (TeSA) students participate in STAAR testing to evaluate TEKS standards beginning in 3rd grade and continuing through 6th grade. Students take STAAR tests for reading and math at the end of every grade level. They are tested for writing proficiency in 4th grade and in 5th grade they are tested in science. Stanford and OLSAT tests are given to all students in the fall of each year as national comparative and general school ability assessment. 

Kindergarten – 2nd grade students are given the Texas Primary Reading Inventory (TPRI) assessments three times per year. This one-on-one instrument, designed to be administered by the classroom teacher, is given to students at the beginning, middle, and end of each academic school year. TeSA offers the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program for students who are identified through a process which includes nominations, assessment, and selection. All students in the GATE program will have a personal education plan (PEP) in order to address his or her individual learning needs. 


A strong background in math is essential for any young student, even those interested in serious artistic pursuits. TeSA meets TEKS requirements for math across all grade levels. Elementary students receive instruction using HPS Math curriculum, Target Math, and Core Knowledge supplemental materials. Once in middle school, students are still expected to meet TEKS requirements for mathematics, as well as NCTM Standards & Focal Points. These goals are achieved with the use of Core Knowledge and Measuring Up curriculum supplements.

Reading and Language Arts

TeSA excels in teaching language arts and reading proficiency to all students who enter its doors. TeSA’s curriculum is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) guidelines. The Texas Treasures curriculum is used to give students a strong base for reading skills, while the supplementary Core Knowledge Curriculum challenges students to advance their understanding of literature and how it applies to everyday life. Teachers often collaborate between subjects, interconnecting language arts with social studies and science curricula.


Elementary students begin science study at TeSA by following TEKS standards supplemented with a variety of resources, including the Core Knowledge curriculum. Students complete projects and experiments on a regular basis. Beginning in 5th grade, the STEMscopes online curriculum is used as a supplement to instruction in earth science, biology, chemistry, astronomy, and physics.

Social Studies

Social Studies instruction at TeSA begins even in the earliest grades. Students meet TEKS requirements through the use of the Core Knowledge curriculum, providing students with a base knowledge of world and American history. This knowledge is enhanced with field trips to local museums or historic sites to give students a hands-on feel for the information they’re learning in class. In addition to historical knowledge, students learn geography and map-reading, as well as civics and government. Individual and group projects give students in-depth experience researching and collaborating.