Frequently Asked Questions Regarding BETA Transformation to World Scholars

Frequently Asked Questions for Students/Parents About BETA Transformation to World Scholars
Posted on 03/29/2019
FAQs for Students/Families

What changes are occurring at BETA?

As approved during the regular board meeting of the STISD Board of Directors on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy (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, BETA will be South Texas ISD World Scholars (World Scholars, for short). The campus will expand its International Baccalaureate (IB) program offerings, and students will have access to new and innovative courses not previously offered through the campus curriculum. More information on these courses is forthcoming.

Campus colors will remain navy and silver, but the campus mascot will change to a lion.

Why are these changes occurring?
South 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.

I am a senior at BETA. Will I graduate under BETA or World Scholars?
The campus will finish out the school year as BETA. The Class of 2019 will graduate under BETA.

What will happen to the business, education and technology tracks?
The campus will be transitioning from the current “track system” to individual student pathways. Students will have an opportunity to select a pathway based upon their college and career interests. Many of the courses that were offered under the current track system will continue to be offered and even expanded.

Will current BETA students be asked to reapply for the 2019-2020 school year?
No. Any existing BETA student will automatically be registered for the 2019-2020 school year. Only new students will have to apply through SchoolMint and attend Advisement and New Scholar Academy. If a new, incoming student has already applied through SchoolMint under BETA, he or she does not need to reapply. His/her application for BETA will be automatically transferred to World Scholars.

I have heard that new courses will be available to me/my student. Where can I find a list of the new courses?
BETA counselors are currently in the process of surveying students regarding interest in possible new courses. Once these surveys are complete, the administration will review results and decide on which courses will be proposed for the 2019-2020 school year. The course sequence will likely be taken to the Educational Improvement Council (EIC) and then to the STISD Board of Directors for review and approval in April 2019. Once approved, the course sequence will be made available on the BETA website at http://beta.stisd.net/, as well as on the district website at http://www.stisd.net/about_us/schools/course_sequences.

What will happen with The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and South Texas College (STC) dual credit programs?
Although the campus will be expanding its International Baccalaureate (IB) program offerings, the dual credit opportunities already available to BETA students through UTRGV and STC will remain intact. Students will have the opportunity to participate in IB and dual credit programs, if they so choose.

What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme?
The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. Through the Diploma Programme (DP) core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.

What is an IB Diploma, and what are the benefits to a student in earning one?
The IB Diploma is an internationally recognized diploma that is awarded to students who successfully complete the program. The IB Diploma is earned in addition to a student’s high school diploma. Benefits include acceptance to university, earned college credit, and scholarship opportunities. Research also shows that students who participate in the IB Diploma programme are more likely to receive a bachelor’s degree within 4 years than the US national average (68% versus 36%-38%).

Will I/my child still have an opportunity to earn certifications?
Yes. Students who are enrolled in a course offering certifications will still have the opportunity to earn a certification for that course.

What if I have additional questions about the transformation or its effects on me/my child?
This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document is intended to provide basic information about the transformation and answer some of the more common questions students and parents may have about the changes occurring. If you have additional questions not answered in this document, please feel free to reach out to your counselor or any member of the BETA administration.