Vision • Mission

Our Mission
Waxahachie Global High will develop the talents of students and foster a desire to pursue higher education by immersing them in a smaller unconventional, learning community that maximizes their talents through the integration of academics with technology in a hands-on, real-world environment.
Our Vision
Waxahachie Global High believes that students can embrace learning as a life long pursuit and become productive citizens of the local and global communities through communication and collaboration.
Waxahachie Global High is a T-STEM Academy
Written by Patricia Hawke for Schools K-12 (edited for length)

The T-STEM initiative was launched in December 2005 by the Governor Perry’s office in partnership with the Texas Schools, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, National Instruments, and the Communities Foundation of Texas.

The Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (T-STEM) initiative is a $71 million dollar project to better prepare Texas students for success in college and the workplace. With the undeniable forward movement towards a global technology-based economy, secondary Texas schools are placing more emphasis on science and mathematics. The hopes are that the new T-STEM project will improve current Texas student performance in both areas by providing innovative science and mathematics instruction, as well as innovative demonstration sites.

Waxahachie Global High is only one of 35 small schools or academies, located in high need areas across the state of Texas. These Texas schools will focus on science, mathematics, engineering and technology instruction. Each new T-STEM Texas schools will include grades 6-12 or will be a high school academy that works with feeder middle schools. Each grade will have about 100 Texas students. The focus will be to create personalized, engaging and relevant learning environments.

The enrolled Texas schools students will be required to take four years of mathematics and science with participation in related extra-curricular activities. An internship or project in areas related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics also will be required.  Educators in these Texas schools will be required to work with institutions of higher education to foster partnerships, dual credit classes, and teacher training opportunities.

Funding for the Texas schools T-STEM initiative is $30 million from the state of Texas, $20 million each from the Gates and Dell Foundations, $1 million from National Instruments, and $10 million from the Communities Foundation of Texas, which include leading businesses, foundations, and individuals who underscore the significance of these academic areas to the future of our global economy.