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The Academy application and selection process is competitive, involving grade and behavioral review, testing, teacher evaluations, and an interview. Therefore all students must go through the same process. Due to the fact this program is a four – year program students must apply in the fall of the 8th – grade year. Students must have completed Algebra I before enrolling for Academy 9th grade classes.

Only students who currently reside or will reside in attendance zones for The Woodlands College Park HS (TWCPHS), The Woodlands HS (TWHS), Grand Oaks HS (GOHS), or Oak Ridge HS (ORHS) may apply to the Academy of Science and Technology. The Academy will accept applications from qualified current 8th-grade students who are zoned to one of these high schools from October to November 1 for the next year’s freshman class-the Class of 2027. This will be the ONLY chance to apply. Except for late applications, described below, we will not consider an application from anyone who had a chance to apply in the 8th-grade.

Students who do not currently reside in the above mentioned attendance zone but will be moving into the zones may apply by participate in the fall admission process. Documentation of residence change is required. If the move occurs after the November date, the student will be classified as a Move-In and may apply in March 2023.

Students who are currently in private school or Home School but reside in the attendance zone for The Woodlands College Park High School, The Woodlands High School, Grand Oaks High School, or Oak Ridge High School may apply and participate in the fall admission process.

Admission Process Timeline

September Parents of eligible students are emailed with invitation to attend one of the informational meetings held at the end of September
Informational meetings September 26 and 28, 2022. Parents register students for testing in October.
October Parents choose one of two testing dates, Oct 15 or 22
November 1 Applications are due
January AST will notify parents of interview status in mid January
AST will hold interviews
February Letters are sent to all applicants notifying them of status
Registration for ninth grade year
Pre-ACT results are sent to JHS Counseling Centers

Move-in Applicants:

From March 1-10 of 2023, the Academy will accept applications from students in 8th or 9th grade who:

will be new move -ins to the TWCPHS/TWHS/GOHS/ORHS zones.

Appointments will be made from this pool on a space-available basis only by mid-April; move-ins will be given priority over late applicants. Any student accepting appointment in grades 10 must meet all Academy graduation requirements.

Current 9th Grade Students:

The Academy will accept applications in March from current 9th students new to Conroe ISD who therefore didn’t get a chance to apply the previous November or March. Appointments will be made on qualifications and a space-available basis only. Any student accepting an appointment for grade 10 must meet all Academy graduation requirements. We expect to offer appointments from this pool during April. We do not accept juniors or seniors due to the extensive programmatic requirements and limited opportunity to complete them in two years or less.


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