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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

William Butler Yeats

Texas School of the Arts (TeSA) Encourages Young Minds to Explore by Providing Stimulating Academics in a Creative Atmosphere.

Texas School of the Arts (TeSA) encourages young minds to explore by providing stimulating academics in a creative atmosphere.
With an average student-teacher ratio of 18:1, TeSA students thrive in a supportive environment designed to build their confidence by instilling a love of learning in all subjects. Each academic discipline is aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). We exceed these standards though the use of Core Knowledge curriculum which has a coherent, cumulative and content-specific core structure. TeSA continues to achieve Annual Yearly Progress as determined by No Child Left Behind legislation.

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.

Albert Einstein

A strong background in math is essential for any young student, even those who are interested in serious artistic pursuits

TeSA meets TEKS requirements for math across all grade levels. Elementary students receive instruction using HSP Math curriculum, Target Math, and Core Knowledge supplemental materials. Once in middle school, students are still expected to meet TEKS requirements for mathematics, as well as NCTM Standards & Focal Points. These goals are achieved with the use of Core Knowledge and Measuring Up curriculum supplements. In 6th, 7th and 8th grade, students are placed in one of three Glencoe Texas state courses: Texas Mathematics Course 2, Texas Pre-Algebra, or Texas Algebra 1.

K - 5th grade Math- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Target Math

NCTM Standards & Focal Points


There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.

May Ellen Chase

TeSA excels in teaching language arts and reading proficiency to all students who enter its doors

TeSA's curriculum is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) guidelines. The Texas Treasures curriculum is used to give students a strong base for reading skills, while the supplementary Core Knowledge Curriculum challenges students to advance their understanding of literature and how it applies to everyday life. Teachers often collaborate between subjects, interconnecting language arts with social studies and science curricula.

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