Raise Your Engineering Notebooks


Sci Tech was the second vocational magnet school to open in South Texas Independent School District, and it brandishes partnerships with Cornell University, Rice University, Rochester Institute of Technology, The University of Texas-Pan American, Texas A&M University Kingsville and others.

Its tradition of high expectations, alongside its unique teaching style, has led Sci Tech to land among the top schools in the state and nation and achieve a status of TEA Exemplary campus and National Blue Ribbon School. Most recently, the campus was ranked 8th in the state and 38th in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best High Schools and 11th in the state and 31st in the nation in The Washington Post’s 2014 High School Challenge Index.

The culture at Sci Tech is one that entails growth, learning and high achievement.

“Teaching is not about being perfect. It’s about making sure you know where to push the kids enough so they grow,” said Nelly Houston, 35, an engineering teacher at Sci Tech.

Houston is a 1997 graduate from Sci Tech. After graduating from Boston University with a focus in electrical engineering, she entered the private sector and worked in electronics for eight years before coming back to teach.

“I came here because I wanted to study, and I learned that at this school, the focus is on academics,” Houston said about her high school years at Sci Tech. “We don’t have any distractions from that. It’s about trying to push yourself as hard as possible to get to college.

“I was lucky enough to be able to have the experience of graduating from Science Academy, going to college, and then working in engineering for many years,” she said. “I think what I can provide are the benefits of my love for teaching and engineering.”