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October 1ii, 1989 The Chronicle of Higher Education " A39
lion for students. They just drop
out and go into something else."
A Texas Recruiting Day
Tuition is free for students at the
Texas academy, but room and
board costs them each about
$4,000 a year. When they finish the
program, students can either stay
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sities, where they will be ready for
their junior year. Although many
have set their sights on elite out-of-
state universities, like the Massa-
chusetts Institute of Technology
and the California Institute of
Technology, the academy's admin-
istrators hope that many more will
opt to remain in Texas and help the
state's faltering economy.
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The university's chancellor, Al-
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Program Not for Everyone
Getting admitted to the academy
is tough. The students, who are re-
cruited from throughout Texas,
need more than high Scholastic
Aptitude Test scores and grade-
point averages to be accepted.
They must also convince the acad-
emy's administrators that they are
mature enough to survive the so-
cial and academic pressures they
will face as youngsters on a univer-
"This program isn't for every-
one," says Annetta Ramsey, the
academy's associate director for
student life. "Some students
should remain in high school. But
these students, by and large, were
sick of high school and bored with
Most of the academy students
hold their own academically. Last
year, the average G.P.A. of acade-
my students was 2.9-slightly
higher than that of regular fresh-
men at the university.
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mathematics courses were consid-
ered the toughest, because the
academy students had not had
some of the upper-level high-
school courses that their university
classmates had taken.
Academy students follow a cur-
riculum of mathematics and sci-
ence courses, along with a few
courses in the humanities. The cur-
riculumn is similar to what a tradi-
tional mathematics or science ma-
jor would take, although the acade-
my students do not declare majors.
Of the 88 students who started
the program last year, 16 did not
come back this year. Some found
the work too difficult, while others
were barred because of discipline
problems or opted to stay out for
Most of the students say they are
comfortable at the academy, but
some were not willing to give up
high school altogether. Kelly
Southard, in her second year here,
says she appreciated the substi-
tutes that the academy organized
for one traditional high-school ac-
tivity: th. cooll dance.
"I edly wanted a prom and a
homecoming, and we got both,"
she ::ay'. While academy students
are t. .1 :ged tojoin the universi-
ty's marching !-,. aid academic
clubs, other activities, like fraterni-
ties and sororities or the universi-
ty's sports teams, are offlimits. In-
stead, the academy's staff came up
with a variety of special outings
and activities for their students.
"They keep us so busy," says
Mr. Watts, "that there's no time to
miss high school."
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Mangan, Katherine S. Texas Program Gives Gifted Math and Science Students Chance to Finish School and Start College Simulataneously, article, October 11, 1989; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc268936/m1/3/: accessed October 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science.