STEM Academy for ARC

STEM Academy for ARC


The CFISD STEM Academy for Automation, Robotics, & Computer Science (ARC) will provide students a rigorous educational experience focused on the growing fields of automation, robotics and computer science. Students will have access to courses and equipment that are unique to this academy.

High School Opportunities

  • Students will earn their STEM endorsement by completing blocked Computer Science and Engineering courses only offered in this academy.
  • Students will access Chemistry one year earlier than students not in this academy.
  • Students will have access to industry standard equipment available only in this academy.
  • Much of the coursework will be K level, including multiple opportunities for college credit (AP and/or dual).

Beyond High School

Students will be prepared to continue training/education for careers such as:

  • Mechanical or Electrical Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Computer Programmer
  • AutoCAD Drafter

Entry Requirements

Students must have completed Algebra I in middle school and it is recommended to have also completed Principles of Applied Engineering and/or Manufacturing.

If the LOTE requirement for graduation is not met in middle school, one credit of LOTE, PE, or Art will need to be taken in summer school.

Industry Certifications

Students will earn certifications that are recognized in the automation and programming fields of study.

9th Grade 

Computer Science I K & Manufacturing Engineering Tech I K
English I K
Geometry K
Biology K
Chemistry K

10th Grade

Computer Science II K (AP exam) & Digital Electronics K (math)
English II K
Physics I AP
Algebra II K
World Geog K/Human Geog AP/World Hist AP
LOTE/PE/Fine Arts/Elective

11th Grade

Computer Science III K & Scientific Research I K (science)
English III K (dual)
US History AP (dual)
Pre-Calculus K (dual)
LOTE/PE/Fine Arts/Elective (2 periods)


Project-based Research in Comp Sci K & Scientific
Research II K (science)
English IV K (dual)
Physics C AP (dual)
(2 periods)
Calculus AB AP or BC AP (dual)
Government AP/Economics AP


This is a four-year program/commitment. Students will be expected to spend a minimum of 2 days per week after school designing, building, and/or modifying robots to compete in contests such as FIRST Robotics.






  • The applicant must meet the requirements for promotion to 9th grade, have Algebra I credit with an average of 80+ and have completed K-level/HORIZONS 8th grade English language arts with an average of 80+
  • The applicant must have completed ALL portions of the application for admission.
  • While participating in the ARC Academy, if the student experiences issues with attendance, tardiness, discipline, low grades due to lack of effort, or lack of parent/guardian cooperation, the administration reserves the right to recommend that the student be dismissed from the chosen Academy.

STEM Academy for Automation, Robotics and Computer Science (ARC)- The ARC Academy is a district-wide program for students interested in pursuing Engineering post-high school with the ultimate goal of a student entering college with a deep knowledge of engineering concepts and some engineering industry certifications.

The ARC Academy is focused on providing students with industry-level experiences and equipment. Students interested in the ARC Academy may need to attend summer school if he/she has not completed the 2 years of LOTE/Foreign Language are not completed in middle school. A student may need to attend summer school for one year of LOTE, PE, or Art to meet all graduation requirements for the Foundation + Endorsement Program.

* The ARC Academy is housed Cypress Springs High School. Students who apply and are accepted will be placed on a transfer to Cypress Springs High School.*


Kenya Turner, HS Curriculum Director - 281-807-8953
Denise Kubecka, CTE Director -281-897-4036

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