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.
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.