Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science
The Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) is a two-year residential early entrance college program. TAMS was established on June 23, 1987 by the 70th Texas Legislature. TAMS operates wholly within the University of North Texas.
|School Type||Public, Residential, State Academy||Grades Served||11th-12|
|Endowment||Texas Foundation School Fund|
|Student / Teacher Ratio||N/A|
|Head of School||Dr. Glênisson de Oliveira|
|Admissions Director||Dr. Brent Jones|
|Academic Tracks||Early College||Sports Programs||N/A|
|AP or IB Courses||N/A||Sports League||N/A|
|Grade 12 Enrollment||N/A||AP / IB Participation||N/A|
|National Merit Semifinalists||45/ 12%||IB Diploma 5 Year Average Score||N/A|
|SAT Middle 50%||N/A|
|ACT Middle 50%||N/A|
|Prime Entry Points||11||Tuition||N/A|
|Financial Aid Students||30%|
Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science in Detail
TAMS is a two-year, residential program open to rising juniors. Unlike many students at peer academies, TAMS students (TAMsters) are concurrently enrolled in high school and in college. They take all courses side by side with UNT undergraduate students and have the opportunity to earn more than 60 transferable college credits by the time they graduate.
TAMS is a residential program only; as such, all students reside in UNT’s McConnell Hall. Two students share a single dorm room; overnight guests are permitted by written permission only. The dormitory is comprised of three floors, segregated by gender. It includes a kitchenette, meeting rooms, and common rooms. Students dine at any UNT dining hall of their choice.
Curfew Sunday through Thursday is 11pm; Friday and Saturday curfew is at 1am. Certain areas of campus, Denton, and Dallas which are known for partying are off-limits to students at any time of day.
Out of more than 500 applicants state-wide, approximately 200 rising juniors are accepted to TAMS each year. Unlike HISD magnet programs, the TAMS admissions process considers each student holistically, without the use of computer programs or mathematical formulae.
Academically, the admissions department evaluates students based on SAT scores, grades, and teacher references:
- Students are required to have completed geometry, algebra I, and algebra II prior to admission.
- The average SAT score at admission into TAMS averages between 650 and 700 for math and 590 and 620 for verbal.
- Students are also evaluated on the basis of maturity, motivation, behavioral record, and a career interest in science, technology, and/or mathematics.
In general, TAMS looks for students who are capable of succeeding in college coursework and intend to utilize that advanced coursework at a professional level. Five times a year, the school offers “Preview Day,” which is an open house for prospective families to come to campus and get to know the school better.
In the manner of a university, TAMS offers early and regular decision application tracks. Early decision applicants receive notification of admission earlier and have a marginally better chance of admission, as they have more time and opportunities to demonstrate their interest and strength of candidacy as compared to regular admission prospects.
Applicants are required to attend an on-campus interview prior to admission. Failure to make the interview will result in disqualification from the application process. TAMS is actively recruiting female applicants, as the student body is generally about 55% male.
Tuition, course fees, and books are technically free of charge courtesy of the Texas state Foundation School Fund. However, parents must still pay a $1300 “Parent Program” charge and approximately $7,000 a year for room and board. Financial aid is available.
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Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to remain in the program; the ability to take electives is also determined by GPA. Students are not allowed any electives their first semester. After that, they may take one elective if their GPA falls between 3.1 and 3.5 or two electives if their GPA falls between 3.5 and 4.0. Students may earn an Honors Diploma by maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, earning a B or higher in every course, and completing at least 80 community service hours.
Students successfully graduating from TAMS are automatically admitted to the University of North Texas and receive full credit for complete coursework, upwards of 60 hours. The amount of credit that transfers to other colleges depends on the specific policies of those institutions.
Students who are allowed to take electives may choose from UNT’s extensive offerings in technology.
TAMS stresses the unique potential for its students to win research scholarships and participate in projects being undertaken by university professors. The fact that students are concurrently enrolled in both high school and college allows them to apply for a much wider range of scholarships and grants than if they were simply high school students.