Saint Augustine High School (Laredo, Texas)
|St. Augustine High School|
|1300 Galveston Street
Laredo, Texas, (Webb County) 78040
|Motto||"Excellence in Catholic Education"|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Faculty||roughly 30 members|
|Average class size||Approximately 100/class|
|Student to teacher ratio||approximately 100/class and a student/ teacher ratio of 22:1|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue & Silver|
|Athletics conference||TAPPS District 3-6A|
|Accreditation||Texas Catholic Conference Education Department, with standards approved by the Texas Education Agency.|
|Average SAT scores||1150 (Math & Reading)|
Saint Augustine High School is a Catholic Diocesan co-educational private high school located in Laredo, Texas. Grades 8th through 12th grade are taught in a Christian environment. St. Augustine is the only Catholic high school in Laredo. There are approximately 390 students attending St. Augustine High School at the high school level.
St. Augustine was founded by the Oblates and the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1927. It was named in honor of Aurelius Augustinus (also known as Augustine of Hippo or Saint Augustine), one of the most important figures in the development of Western Christianity. The original St. Augustine campus was located in downtown in San Agustin Historical District in Laredo, Texas. During the mid-1970s the school was relocated. Through 1999 the school was under the control of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi. In 2000 the Roman Catholic Diocese of Laredo was established and the control of the school transferred to it. St. Augustine School is accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department. 
There are 390 students enrolled with a class size of approximately 100/class and a student/ teacher ratio of 22:1; The Class of 2011 included 98 seniors, half of whom graduated “DAP”, as per the Distinguished Achievement Plan, the highest graduation plan, of the state of Texas. The grading scale is as follows- 90-100: A; 80-89: B; 70-79: C; 69- below: F (failing).
St. Augustine High School, a college preparatory institution, bases its curriculum on the State of Texas’ Distinguished Achievement Plan (DAP) with the following courses:
- English (4 credits)
- Theology (4 credits)
- Social Studies (4 credits including Geography, Economics, and Government)
- Math (4 credits: Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus)
- Science (4 credits: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and AP)
- Foreign Language (3 credits of Spanish)
- Physical Education (1 credit)
- Art (1 credit)
- Speech (.5 credits)
- SAT required electives (1.5 credits: SAT Prep Verbal and SAT Prep Math)
- Electives (1 credit)
These courses collectively give every student at St. Augustine High School a total of 28 credits. Advancement Placement courses offered include Biology, Calculus, Environmental Science, English and World History.
Dual Credit Opportunities
Juniors and Seniors are given the opportunity to be concurrently enrolled at Laredo Community College or Texas A&M International University for dual credits of 12-24 college hours. With the college credit measure, over 50% of the Class of 2012 is projected to graduate DAP. In 2011, St. Augustine High School embarked upon the UT ChemBridge Program in which Seniors took CHEM 304&305 on-line as dual credit courses for 6 hours of college credit through the University of Texas at Austin. However, the school discontinued this program as of the 2013-2014 academic year. In 2012, the school partnered with Incarnate Word High School to offer Psychology online for dual credit.
St. Augustine School offers sports programs for its students.
Traditionally, all St. Augustine graduates apply, are accepted, and attend college- whether in Texas, throughout the U.S, or internationally. Of the Class of 2011, 72% of graduates are attending universities, 23%, colleges, and 5% are studying in Mexico; of the 72% attending universities, 15% are enrolled at Catholic universities, 15% at Texas A&M or UT; 10% at other universities in Texas, 5% out of state, and the remainder at A&M or UT System Schools.
Top destinations include:
- Texas A&M International University
- University of the Incarnate Word
- University of Texas at San Antonio
- University of Monterrey
- Texas A&M University
Graduates have also attended:
- University of Notre Dame
- New York University
- Trinity University
- Rice University
- University of Texas at Austin
Class rank and GPA are calculated numerically each semester based upon a traditional 100 point scale. The average GPA for the top 25% of the Class of 2011 was 95 and the class median was 90. The average SAT score of the top 10% of the graduates of May 2011 was 1150 (Math & Reading) and of the top 25%, 1100. Our graduates receive scholarships based on need and merit, with last year’s class receiving nearly $3 million in awards. In the Class of 2011 one student earned the prestigious distinction of being named National Hispanic Scholar, while one earned the Gates Millennium Award.
Class of 2012 statistics
39% of the graduating Senior class were active members in St. Augustine's National Honor Society. 50% of the Senior class graduated with Honors. 60% of the Senior class graduated DAP (Distinguished Achievement). A total of 9,000 service hours were completed collectively by the graduating class of 2012 and an average of 18 college hours were completed. In the Class of 2012 two students earned the prestigious distinction of being named National Hispanic Scholar and another student earned the Gates Millennium Award.
- Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Class of 1990) Emmy-nominated American film and television director, and director of the feature film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (film).
- William Nericcio (Class of 1980) Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences program at San Diego State University, San Diego.
- Adrian Quesada (Class of 1995) Cofounder of Grammy Award winning, Austin-based Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma (American band).
- Saul N. Ramirez, Jr. (Class of 1976) Mayor of Laredo from 1990-1997 and CEO of Washington interest group National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.
- Kevin Patrick Yeary (Class of 1984), judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, based in San Antonio.
- "St. Augustine Catholic School". Retrieved October 26, 2012.