Board approves BETA’s transformation to South Texas ISD World Scholars

Board approves BETA’s transformation to South Texas ISD World Scholars
Posted on 04/11/2019
South Texas ISD World Scholars logoSouth Texas Independent School District strives to provide each and every student with a high-quality learning experience which prepares him/her for higher education and a future career. The district continuously seeks out ways to improve its offerings for the benefit of the students served. 

BETA has seen much growth and high levels of student success occur since its inception; however, administration sees a wonderful opportunity at this time to increase the courses and experiences available to students by growing the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The legacy that has been built through The Teacher Academy and South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy (BETA) will provide the groundwork to build an even stronger educational dynasty within the region, the state, the nation and the world.

As approved during the regular board meeting of the STISD Board of Directors on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, BETA will undergo a program change and name change going into the 2019-2020 school year. 

Effective now for recruitment purposes, and officially July 1, 2019, BETA will be South Texas ISD World Scholars (World Scholars, for short). The Class of 2019 will be the last to graduate under BETA. 

As World Scholars, the campus will expand its International Baccalaureate (IB) program offerings, and students will have access to new and innovative courses – both in the core and electives – not previously offered through the campus curriculum. The STISD board has already approved the reclassification of existing Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) courses to Honors and Pre-International Baccalaureate (Pre-IB) courses, and has approved the addition of an extensive list of new courses to the campus (and district) course catalog, including:
• Advanced Language for Career Applications
• IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL
• IB Design Technology SL
• IB Design Technology HL
• IB Sports Exercise and Health Science HL
• IB Mathematics HL
• IB Language Ab Initio SL
• Music Studies IB SL
• Music Studies IB HL
• IB Geography SL
• IB Geography HL
• IB Economics SL
• IB Economics HL
• IB Psychology SL
• IB Psychology HL
• IB Information Technology in a Global Society SL
• IB Information Technology in a Global Society HL
• Art IB Visual Arts HL
• Art IB Visual Arts SL
• Theatre IB Theatre SL
• Theatre IB Theatre HL
• IB Computer Science SL
• IB Computer Science HL
• IB Geography SL
• IB Geography HL
• IB World Religions SL
• IB Social and Cultural Anthropology SL
• IB Global Politics SL
• Entrepreneurship
• Social Media Marketing
• Advertising
• Sports and Entertainment Marketing
• Sports and Entertainment Marketing II
• Principles of Cybersecurity
• Video Game Design
• Audio/Video Production
• Video Game Programming
• Game Programming and Design
• Mobile Application Development
• Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
• Forensic Psychology
• Disaster Response
• Social Studies Research Methods
***HL: Higher Level; SL: Standard Level

Administration plans to take the proposed Course Sequence for 2019-2020 to the Educational Improvement Council (EIC) and then to the STISD board this month.

World Scholars will continue using navy and silver for the campus colors, and will introduce a lion as the new campus mascot.

Additional information on this exciting transformation is forthcoming. To learn more about the changes to come, click this link to reference the Frequently Asked Questions for Students and Families