The San Antonio PREP 2016 session will run from Monday, June 13, 2016, through Thursday, July 28, 2016, and the session is anticipated to be conducted at the University of Texas at San Antonio (Main Campus and Downtown Campus), Palo Alto College, Northwest Vista College, Northeast Lakeview College, San Antonio College, St. Philip's College-Southwest Campus, Our Lady of the Lake University, Texas A&M University - San Antonio, and St. Mary's University. (Note: the participating sites are subject to change.)
Program participants are middle school and high school students representing schools and school districts across the Greater San Antonio Metro Area. In 2014, 2,327 students applied for admission, 1,916 were accepted, 1,542 began the program, and 1,414 completed it successfully.
Applying for PREP
Applications for the 2016 SAPREP session were sent out to schools in early November, 2015. First-time applicants that are enrolled in the 6th through 9th grade (2015-2016 school year) and are interested in applying for the SAPREP 2016 session, should contact their school counselor (beginning in November, 2015), or e-mail the SAPREP Central Office at email@example.com to request a copy.
The applications for Years 2 and 3 were sent out in early November, 2015, to students that successfully completed sessions in 2015 and earlier. If you have not received your application by December 5, 2015, or if you have any questions, please e-mail the SAPREP Central Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invitations to apply for Year 4 and/or UPREP will be mailed out to students that successfully completed Year 3 in 2015 and earlier. Students that are high school freshmen (2015-2016 school year) will only be invited to apply for Year 4. Students that are high school sophomores or juniors (2014-2016 school year) will be invited to apply for either Year 4 or UPREP. If you have not received your invitation by December 19, 2015, or if you have any questions, please e-mail the SAPREP Central Office at email@example.com.
Online Application Option: Applicants are offered an option to fill out the initial application online beginning on November 1, 2015. The online forms allow you to enter your data easily and securely. All data transmitted between your computer and the web site is encrypted to ensure that your personal data remains confidential. Once the online application is submitted successfully, the web site will present a confirmation page that shows all of the data that was entered for the upcoming session. Please print a copy of the confirmation page as it includes additional information and a required signature page. The completed and signed confirmation page will have to be returned, along will all of the listed documents, to the SA PREP Office by January 30, 2016, in order for the application to be complete.
Please e-mail the SA PREP Central Office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or problems with the online form or the regular paper form.
The PREP Curriculum
PREP is broken down into four summer components. You can view the curriculum for each summer component here.
SAPREP Student Handbook
The 2015 San Antonio Student Handbook will be available for download at the beginning of the 2015 session. The file will be large (approx 890 Kb) and may take several minutes to download depending on your connection.
(The Student Parent Handbook 2015 will be a PDF document.)
Grade Release and TEA Credit
If you have completed at least one summer component of the PREP program and would like to request your PREP transcript to be mailed to you or your school, please download the form below. Please print the form and mail it back to our office. Phone or e-mail requests will not be accepted as we need an original signature for our records.
Important Note: If this grade is released to the district/school in order to obtain credit toward graduation, it will be calculated into the student's Grade Point Average (GPA) upon graduation from high school and will impact the student's final GPA. PREP is not to be considered as an Honors or Advanced Placement course which will produce a weighted grade.
Transcript requests are processed at the UTSA PREP department on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has authorized students receive one elective credit toward high school graduation for each summer session that is successfully completed. The authorization letter can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
So you have finished the PREP program and are looking for something to continue your exploration of the math, scientific, and engineering fields. Look no further! Here are two programs that you should consider:
What is it? The NASA High School Aerospace Scholars program is an interactive, online learning experience aimed at Texas students that are currently in their junior year in high school. Successful students compete for a 6-day residential summer experience at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston.
High School Aerospace Scholars encourages high school juniors to explore exciting career engineering, and mathematics. This is accomplished by using the centralized theme of space exploration to engage students in activities and offering hands-on engineering experiences at NASA Johnson Space Center.
Nominated by state legislators, students complete competitive web-based lessons focusing on present and past space missions, International Space Station (ISS), the moon, Mars, and beyond. Top-ranked students visit JSC for a six-day on-site summer experience to work on a team-oriented Mars exploration project with a Texas teacher, NASA engineer/scientist, and a NASA co-op/intern. Students may receive a science elective credit, approved by TEA, toward graduation upon successful completion of the program based upon their district .
Participants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Enrolled as a junior in high school
Possess an interest and aptitude for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
Commit to a one-year relationship with JSC, including a designated six-day residential experience during the summer
Access to the internet and e-mail (home, school, or public library)
What is it? The Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) is a residential program located at the University of North Texas in Denton that is focused on students who wish to pursue a career in mathematics, science, or engineering. The program admits up to 200 students every year from public and private high schools from across Texas. After two years (four semesters) at TAMS, students graduate with a high school diploma and about 60 college credits - which may be enough to start the college junior year at UNT or other universities.