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The Academy application and selection process is competitive, involving holistic review of grades, 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 2028. 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 2024.

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. If you have questions, please check out the link below, the timeline, or the rest of our website.


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Admission Process Timeline

September AST Headmaster and students visit Irons, Knox, York, and McCullough Junior High Schools on 9/14, 9/15, 9/18 and 9/19 respectively. Prior to the visits, all parents of students currently enrolled in Algebra 1 or Geometry who are at one of those four junior high schools will receive a letter informing them about AST. Students must have completed Algebra 1 prior to enrollment in the 9th grade if accepted into AST.
Informational meetings will be held at College Park High School on Sept 25th & 27th. You only need to attend one meeting. Parents register students for testing in October. Exact meeting times will be released closer to the event, but typically we start at 6pm.
October Parents choose one of two testing dates-October 21st and 28th are the scheduled dates
November Applications are due November 1
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
Late Spring Registration for ninth grade year
Late Spring Pre-ACT results are sent to JHS Counseling Centers

Move-in Applicants:

From March 1-10 of 2024, 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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