The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) endorsement is a curriculum path that allows a student to focus deeply on courses directly related to science, technology, engineering and advanced math. The STEM Endorsement includes the following pathways at Austin High:
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
- Advanced Science
- Advanced Math
- Computer Science
There is a wide range of careers available in the required STEM field, including: engineering, computer programming, software developer, and research scientist. Students interested in pursuing an intentional path toward any of these careers should consider a STEM endorsement to guide course selection.
A student may earn a STEM endorsement by completing the requirements specified in the foundation plan, including Algebra II, chemistry and physics, in addition to one of the following:
- a sequence of courses for four or more credits in career and technical education (CTEl that consists of at least two courses in the same career cluster and at least one advanced CTE course. The final course in the sequence must be selected from a CTE career cluster related to STEM
- or a sequence of four approved credits in computer science
- or three credits in mathematics by successfully completing Algebra II and two additional approved mathematics courses, for which completion of Algebra II is required
- or four credits in science by successfully completing chemistry, physics and two additional approved science courses.