School of Science and Engineering

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The School of Science and Engineering Magnet at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center (known as the School of Science and Engineering or SEM) is a magnet college preparatory high school located in the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center, home of six magnet high schools in the Dallas Independent School District. SEM's mascot is the eagle, and its school colors are maroon and white. Tiffany Huitt is serving as principal, following Jovan Carisa Wells who was promoted to DISD Executive Director of Division 4 Office. Ms. Wells had served as principal following Richard White who retired suddenly for health reasons.

Academic Activities[edit]

SEM offers many Mathematics and Science courses, from Algebra II to AP Calculus BC to AP Statistics. Many Science courses are also offered from the basics of Pre-AP Biology to higher level courses such as Physics C and Chemistry which are taken as Advanced Placement courses allowing the student chances to earn college credit. Tech courses that instruct students in Computer Science concepts and the Java (programming language) are also available. SEM stresses a philosophy of hands-on science education. It is the only high school in the nation to offer concurrent lab classes whose students are exposed to college level laboratory experience along with their AP Math/Science curriculum.


•2012 - SEM wins the Intel School of Distinction Award for the Best High School Math Program in the Country.

•2012 - SEM Ranked #2 (out of 1900 public high schools) -Washington Post High School Challenge

•2012 - SEM Ranked #4 (out of 1000 public high schools) [1]

In 2011, SEM was ranked the number 1 high school in America by the Washington Post.[1] The school was also ranked number 1 in the Newsweek list of America's Best High Schools.[2] In 2012, it was ranked the number one high school in the North Texas area by Children at Risk, a research and advocacy institute dedicated to helping children.

In both 2005[3] & 2011,[4] SEM has received the Blue Ribbon School award by the U.S. Department of Education.

SEM was ranked as second best high school in the United States in 2007 according to the survey "The 1200 Best Public High Schools in the USA", it was eighth in 2006 and sixth in 2005. In 2007, SEM was ranked as the 18th best public high school in America by U.S. News & World Report.[5]

The College Board announced that SEM is number 1 in the world for passing minorities in Calculus AB and number one in the United States for passing Hispanics in Computer Science. In 2006, SEM was visited by President George W. Bush for excellence in education and the school's philosophy of emphasising math and science,[6][7] something he stressed in his 2006 State of the Union address. The school consistently ranks number one in D Magazine's Best Public High Schools in Dallas and has been named the Academic UIL District Champion for District 9-5A and 11-5A in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

SEM does not offer sports (due to rules and regulations involving magnet schools-though students may play at their home high schools), but it does provide a wide variety of extracurricular activities, including several UIL teams:

Aerospace Club Orchestra UIL Calculator Team
Academic Decathlon "Big D" Marching Band UIL Number Sense Team
Italian Club Choir UIL Current Issues & Events Team
French Club Environmental Science/Volunteering Club Chess Club UIL Journalism Team
Latin Club Robotics UIL Literary Criticism
National Honor Society National Latin Honor Society UIL Math Team
Yearbook Staff UIL Accounting UIL One Act Play
PTW - Paint the World UIL Spelling Team UIL Science Team
Debate UIL Social Studies UIL Computer Science Team

SEM won the AAAAA individual UIL Computer Science event at the UIL State competition in Austin, Texas in 2001, and also won the AAAAA team UIL Computer Science competition in both 2000 and 2001.

SEM also won the 2012 and 2013 Academic UIL Region 2 5A competition.


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