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Don’t Delay – Apply Now for FWISD’s New I.M. Terrell STEM/VPA Academy


World-class. Inspiring. Focused on STEM and/or the Arts.

If this describes your dream high school experience, apply now for Fort Worth ISD’s brand new I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA.

This campus opens for its inaugural year to high school freshmen in fall 2018, and is just waiting for motivated students with a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and the visual and performing arts (VPA).

I.M. Terrell students will also participate in the renowned Cowan Humanities Academy educational methods, which offer a cross-discipline approach to college preparatory and humanities studies.

“We’re looking for students who desire a unique learning experience,” said Principal Baldwin Brown. “What we’ll provide is an environment that will develop and nurture their interests in the arts or STEM.”

Mr. Brown said students can expect courses with high academic rigor. There will be Pre-Advanced Placement and AP course offerings with opportunities for dual enrollment courses for college credit.  Mr. Brown added that top-tier teachers with specialized training and experience will offer an “out-of-the-box learning environment.”  

Karen Ponder, Coordinator for FWISD Gold Seal Programs of Choice, said students will have more time in their school day to focus on their primary area of interest.

“It will not be a traditional school day bell schedule,” Mrs. Ponder said.

Students will have opportunities to collaborate not only with one another, but also with professionals in the engineering and fine arts fields.

Mrs. Ponder added, “The school will be working with community organizations in developing community partnerships.”

The academy beautifully blends the historic Terrell school, which opened in 1882 as the first black school in the city, with a new state-of-the-art STEM and VPA academy. The newly constructed portion of the campus alone is a 65,000- square-foot, two-story facility. Grade levels will be added every school year. At capacity, the campus will serve approximately 800 students.

Named for former Principal I.M. Terrell in 1921, the former high school has a distinguished alumni roster that includes civil rights leaders, Tuskegee Airmen, prominent musicians and many others connected to the school’s legacy, as well as its future.

For visual and performing arts students, the school will include a digital arts and arts lab, a 901-seat auditorium, a graffiti wall behind the school auditorium where art students can leave a lasting legacy, a student courtyard, an outdoor terrace for student performances, spaces facing outward to display student artwork, a band hall, rehearsal rooms and more.

For STEM students, there is a garage and Makerspace, computer science, robotics and coding labs.

The school’s Black Box theater can host multiple activities, such as an intimate performance or a robotics competition.

The second floor of the facility, currently under construction, provides beautiful views of Downtown Fort Worth and the Trinity River.

“Everyone will be looking at this building,” said Eric Horstman, an architect with Corgan. “It’s going to be a jewel on the hill and very visible.” 

Apply to attend I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA by 5 p.m., December 1 and learn more about the campus here.  



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