Non-San Antonio student applicants can select the option for TexPREP or PREP-USA program on the menu to the right of this page.
For SA PREP Year 4 Student Applicants
Applying online to the PREP program is the easiest and recommended method. Simply click on one of the menu links to the right of this page to get started! Students who have successfully completed Year 3 PREP may also receive a paper application through the US mail.
Campus Site Preference: Year 4 PREP students will attend The University of Texas at San Antonio – Main Campus, located at 1 UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249. Seats are limited and it is important to return a completed application as soon as possible and before the January 31st deadline.
Year4 Course Overview:
Computer Science: Computer programming skills in an appropriate current generation programming language along with interactive digital media in gaming and collaboration software such as SharePoint. Using a hands-on approach, incorporating systems methods, students participate in the software engineering process from concept, analysis, design, development, to testing and implementation.
Advanced Science and Engineering: Experience a project-based learning approach as you learn about more advanced engineering concepts. Students will work on projects that demonstrate real-world relevance while learning about topics as water science, nanotechnology, and cyber security. In 2015, water science, nanotechnology and cyber security are anticipated to be offered as separate tracks and accepted students are assigned to one of the three tracks based on interest. On the application, please rank the three areas (1, 2, or 3) if you have a preference. If a class fills up, course assignments will be based on the order in which applications are received. PREP makes no guarantee that students will be assigned their first choice.
The PREP YEAR 4 Track for Cyber Security is part of the Gencyber program.
Topics in Problem Solving (Seminar): Numerous and varied experiences with problem solving as a method of inquiry and application so that students can: use problem solving approaches to investigate and understand mathematical content, formulate problems, develop and apply a variety of strategies to solve problems, verify and interpret results, generalize solutions and strategies to new problem situations, and acquire confidence in using mathematics meaningfully. Will learn about systems thinking and dynamics modeling as new problem solving approaches and apply systems tools in other fields such as engineering, business and other areas.
Research and Study: Consultations/tutoring/study time for projects and assignments conducted by program assistant mentors and instructors.
Career Awareness: Invited speakers from local and state high technology industries address professional engineering and science career opportunities and experiences; presentations may include topics such as resume preparation, college financial aid, test taking techniques and leadership skills, as well as special technical seminars.
Program Requirements: Please make sure that you meet the requirements before submitting an application. 9th graders are eligible for Year 4 PREP only. 10th and 11th graders are eligible for either Year 4 PREP or University PREP (U-PREP).
For Grades 9, 10, and 11 you are required to;
Have Parental permission
Successfully completed Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3 PREP programs.
85 average in mathematics class (80 or better if honors or advanced placement)
85 or better in science and English (80 or better if in honors or advanced placement)
85 or better overall average
Satisfactory conduct as indicated by your report card or official letter of conduct
Course requirements — To be completed by June
- 9th grade students — At least Algebra I
- 10th grade students — At least two of the following: Algebra I, Algebra II or Geometry
- 11th grade students — At least Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry.
Students are responsible for their own transportation arrangements. VIA bus routes are included below. However, these routes may change at any time. For specific information, call VIA at (210) 362-2020 or visit their website at www.viainfo.net.
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