Consuelo Mendez STEM Academy

Academics

Project Based Learning (PBL) is the adopted teaching method at Mendez MS in which students gain knowledge and skills by actively engaging in authentic and complex questions, problems or challenges. 

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the adopted STEM curriculum a Mendez. Currently we use six different units from their Middle School Curriculum; Flight and Space, Energy and the Environment, Design and Modeling, Automation and Robotics, Magic of Electrons and Science of Technology. These units empower students to develop and apply in-demand, transportable skills by exploring real-world STEM based challenges. Core academics vary slightly according to grade level and to each student's individual learning needs:

In 6th Grade, students take:

  • Math
  • English Language Arts/Reading
  • Science
  • Social Studies

In 7th Grade, students take:

  • Math
  • English Language Arts/Reading
  • Science
  • Social Studies

In 8th Grade, students take:

  • Math or Algebra
  • English Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies

The level of course will be determined by each student’s performance on the STAAR test and parent/student request.

Academic – covers the grade Level Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for the subject and grade level

Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre AP) – covers the TEKS and also allows students to work at grade level with more depth and complexity within the course content

Advanced Math – students work above grade level and cover TEKS for two grade levels in the course – this leads to Algebra for high school credit in 8th Grade.

Algebra - students receive 1.0 high school credits upon completion of the course

Advanced Science – students work above grade level and cover TEKS for two grade levels in the course 

Spanish - students learn to read, speak, write, and understand Spanish while earning up to 1.0 high school foreign language credits

PLTW/CTE - 7th and 8th grade students are reguired to take a STEM based Project Lead The Way (PLTW) or Computer Technology Engineering (CTE) course which will grant them up to 1.5 high school credits