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STEM Owls in the News!

In July 2018, 21 students began a paid internship with Jungle Disk, a top cyber security company in San Antonio. We are honored to host this internship at Highlands High School and are proud of the students who stepped up for this opportunity! Check out the news coverage below.

News Channel 4 WOAI

KDVA Telemundo (en español)

San Antonio Business Journal Article

San Antonio Express News Article




Don't miss out on STEM Summer Opportunities & Internships!

Applications are due soon so begin choosing opportunities and preparing your applications. Common requirements include a resume, transcript, letters of recommendation, and essays. Start applying TODAY! Most opportunities are free and if they aren't, see Ms. Garcia for funding ideas and scholarships.

Click HERE to View Summer Opportunities & Internships

Attend a Lunch & Learn for College and Career Help

Magnet students can attend Lunch & Learn sessions with Ms. Garcia on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pick up a pass anytime and then you can use it all semester. We will cover topics such as: internship applications, interview prep, career guest speakers, etc. Bring your lunch and learn while you munch!

Have you heard of Cafe College?

This is the BEST San Antonio resource for all things college. Visit the website to learn more about their services, events, and more:


Interested in attending the Engineering Institute?

Apply now! There are still a few 9th grade spots available for the 2018-2019 school year.

You will find the online application here:



Apply NOW for Summer STEM Opportunities

For PAID internships, exciting summer camps, and more, browse the summer opportunities list and start applying TODAY (many applications are due in March!).  Click HERE to View Summer Opportunities & Internships

Want to earn a 2 year college degree in a high wage, high demand field?

Learn more about the Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program (AMT) through St. Phillips College. This is an excellent program sponsored by companies such as CPS Energy, H-E-B, Toyota, TK Holdings, and TTTX (a supplier to Toyota). Students have PAID work while they attend school and can receive a full time job offer at the end of the program.

Visit to learn more and stop by the Open House on Saturday, March 24 from 10am-1pm. See Ms. Garcia if you need transportation to attend the Open House!

STEM University Programs

It's never too early to research your future in STEM!

UT San Antonio

UT Austin

Texas A&M College Station

More information coming soon...

Our History

Highlands High School has offered a Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) Magnet Program since 1989.  The majority of students who have been in the program have advanced to university programs with a similar emphasis. We are proud of the past accomplishments of our former and current Magnet students and are excited to continue our legacy as the Engineering Institute.

Our Mission & Vision

Today’s Magnet Program prepares students for a post-secondary education or training experience, including study at two- and four-year institutions leading to a post-secondary credential (i.e., a certificate, license, Associates or Bachelor’s degree). Our goal is to offer a unique, comprehensive college preparatory program emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related fields. Specifically, we have narrowed the focus of the magnet to the fields of engineering and computer science, including programming and networking.

The Engineering Institute at Highlands High School aims to inspire and prepare scholars in Engineering and Computer Science by providing enhanced curriculum, extra-curricular opportunities, and individualized support for college and career success in high-demand STEM fields.

Why Should You Choose to Attend the Engineering Institute?

The Engineering Institute focuses on career skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as their application to Engineering and Computer Science. Your math and science knowledge will be used daily as you work in teams to take part in creative projects designed to challenge and teach you necessary problem solving skills. Learn through hands-on projects such as building architecture models, constructing robots, designing computers, writing and editing in various programming languages, and competing locally and nationally against other students.

STEM Club: Robotics, Programming, and STEM Adventures

Meets every Wednesday after school in library or Mr. Lerma's room.

ACE Mentor Club: Architecture, Construction, & Engineering

Meets every other Thursday in Mr. Broils' room. 

View the documents below for Engineering Institute course information.

Engineering Institute Contact Information

Questions about the Engineering Institute? Contact Coordinator Ms. Michelle Garcia at or 210-438-6800 extension 35072.

Follow us on Instagram! @stem_owls and on Twitter! @STEMHHS


Counseling & Guidance

Don't forget to visit the Counseling & Guidance page for important information on Academics & College/Careers!


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