World Scholars News

Published 07/28/21


Hey Lion Family! 

To kick off the 2021-2022 school year, we are hosting student registration.  Join us to get your student schedule, take your picture ID, and submit important documents. Please see attached Registration forms that can be prefilled to minimize your wait time. 

 Registration Schedule: 

 August 4th: 9th and 10th Grade

Time: 9:00am to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 6:00pm

August 5th: 11th and 12th Grade
Time: 9:00am to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 6:00pm

August 6th: Makeup Day
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

 Please bring the following items with you: 

Parent ID

Student Birth Certificate 

Student Social Security Card

Immunization Card


We look forward to seeing you! Please contact us at (956) 383-1684 if you have any questions.

 Thank you World Scholars Administration


Registration Packet

Formas de Registro


summer reading list
Published 06/02/21








mobile devices and materials return
Published 05/13/21





World scholars' SENIOR PARADE
Published 05/11/21

Go Green with World Scholars!
Published 04/13/21


Published 04/13/21-04/19/21

Click the image below to see the summary of the meeting (accessible with school's Office365 login credentials).


IB Testing
Published 04/13/21


Transportation link here

Parent Letter Link here

First page of the PDF file: IBTestingNotice
World Scholars’ OPEN HOUSE
Published 02/28/21

        World Scholars Welcome Back Newsletter

World Scholars family, 

Join us today 6:00 PM for our Virtual Open House via Zoom. 

We can't wait to see you!

Click here to Join!

World Scholars Open House

Passcode: 064224


Published 02/27/21



World Scholars’ Virtual Parent and Family Engagement Meeting
Published 02/22/21




World Scholars’ VOH
Published 02/23/21
WORLD SCHOLARS family literacy meeting
Published 02/04/21





Published 02/04/21



WORLD SCHOLARS making connections parent meeting
Published 01/29/21


You are invited to a Zoom webinar/ Lo Invitamos a la Presentación Virtual

When: Feb 4, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Topic: District Parent Connection Meeting

 To Join English Presentation:

 Passcode: 360638

 Para Entrar a la Junta Presentada en Español


Published 01/20/20




WORLD SCHOLARS 1st Semester Final Exam schedule
Published 12/07/20








WORLD SCHOLARS 1st Semester Final Exam schedule
Published 12/06/20



Published 11/18/20





WORLD SCHOLARS virtual family literacy night
Published 11/09/20




Published 11/02/20



Published 10/20/20
First page of the PDF file: CommonSenseRecognition





Making Connections Fall 2020 PArent Meeting
Published 10/14/20

Published 10/06/20




Hello World Scholars parents, we want to share with you that our students and teachers have been very busy learning and teaching about digital citizenship during the last 3 weeks. As part of an initiative with Common Sense Education, for leading digital teaching and citizenship to our virtual and hybrid classrooms, your children have been participating in lessons that take on real challenges and digital dilemmas that they face today. These research based lessons are giving them the skills they need to succeed as digital learners, leaders and citizens. 

And now, you can participate in this initiative too! Below we are sharing a few resources that show our approach to digital citizenship, and that will help you navigate the ups and downs of raising kids in the digital age. Please feel free to explore these and join us as we form a community of responsible and effective technology users.

Video Library: What is Digital Citizenship?

Family Tips: Help Kids Balance their Media Lives

Help Boost Kids' Safety, Privacy, and Security

Help Kids Fight Cyberbullying and Other Mean Online Behavior

Parents Need to Know: Tips and Scripts for Managing Screen Time When School Is Online


Eduardo Arias
Instructional Technology Specialist



Hola padres de familia de World Scholars, queremos compartir con ustedes que nuestros estudiantes y maestros han estado muy ocupados durante las últimas 3 semanas aprendiendo y enseñando sobre ciudadanía digital. Como parte de una iniciativa con Common Sense Education, para dirigir la enseñanza digital y la ciudadanía a nuestras aulas virtuales e híbridas, sus hijos han estado participando en lecciones que afrontan desafíos reales y dilemas digitales a los que ellos se enfrentan hoy en día. Estas lecciones basadas en estudios de investigación les están dando las habilidades que necesitan para tener éxito como estudiantes, líderes y ciudadanos digitales.

Y ahora, ¡también ustedes pueden participar en esta iniciativa! A continuación, compartimos con usted algunos recursos que muestran nuestro enfoque acerca de la ciudadanía digital, y que le ayudarán a afrontar los desafíos de criar niños en la era digital. Por favor, siéntase libre de explorar estos recursos y unirse a nosotros mientras formamos una comunidad de usuarios de tecnología responsables y eficaces.

Videoteca: ¿Qué es la ciudadanía digital? (En Inglés)

Consejos familiares:  Ayudemos a los niños a encontrar equilibrio en su vida digital

Ayudemos a los niños a mejorar su seguridad y privacidad en línea,

Ayudemos a los niños a luchar contra el ciberbullying y otros comportamientos crueles por Internet.

Los padres necesitan saber: Cómo mantener a los niños enfocados y sanos mientras aprenden a distancia.


Eduardo Arias
Especialista en Tecnología de la Instrucción  


STISD Zoom AccounTs
Published 08/28/20
Students and parents, 
Starting today, students will have their own STISD Zoom account. Having students log in with their STISD Zoom account is the best way to keep the virtual classroom safe and will allow us to provide them with a productive, reliable and secure environment while they learn. 
To activate their account students need to refer to an email sent by our Instructional Technology Specialist (
Students, please make sure that starting on Monday August 31st, you use your STISD Zoom account to login into your virtual classes. Note that now only students using their STISD Zoom account will be admitted into the virtual classes. Please take the time to login to your account as soon as possible so that we can address any potential issues now, and you can easily and effortlessly enter your virtual classes on Monday morning. 
If you encounter any problems, please contact via e-mail or through Microsoft Teams. 
Thank you and have a good weekend.
 World Scholars


Published 08/17/20



Click here to begin your First day of School 2020-2021



World Scholars SMART RESTART 2
Published 08/11/20

Hello again Lions!

We would like to welcome you to the 2020-2021 academic year. We are excited to begin this new "virtual" journey with you.
Please take a moment to go over this informative presentation about what students and parents need to know to be ready for the new 2020-2021 academic year.
Parents, please ensure you have an Infinite Campus Parent portal account. Our communication method will be via the Infinite Campus portal. Please locate the Parents' slide and go over the material we have put together for you. Ensure you fill out the Registration Packet and send it to Mrs. Mariana Reyna at
Students, please take a moment to go over the Students' slide. This slide has important information about your digital platforms and your login credentials.
To access the informative virtual module, please click here or in the image below. 



World Scholars SMART RESTART
Published 07/21/20

Dear STISD Family:


As we shared with you last week, STISD will start the 2020-2021 school year on Monday, Aug. 17, providing solely virtual instruction to students at all six of our campuses through our Flexible Learning Initiative. This mode will continue through Sept. 27, pending any updates from our local authorities. 


As we continue to prepare for the upcoming school year, we ask that you please take a few minutes to respond to our brief survey regarding the technology your child has access to, or will need, for online learning. A separate survey should be completed for each child you have enrolled within our STISD high schools. Your responses are essential for ensuring we provide the technology and resources needed to set your child up for a successful academic year, so please select the options that best reflect those needs.


The health and safety of our students, families and staff are of utmost importance to us at STISD. We thank you for choosing our district, and we look forward to the opportunity to continue providing our students with high-quality academic instruction in the safest manner possible this school year. 


Thank you for your time and feedback



World Scholars SMART RESTART
Published 06/18/20


World Scholars virtual graduation
Published 06/04/20

In-person World Scholars 

Graduate “Walk of Honor” Celebrations

Class of 2020! 

Because you 🎸 rock it, seniors! An achievement worth celebrating!



Information regarding in-person

World Scholars Graduate “Walk of Honor” Celebrations

Seat selection for event opens online at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, June 5

Dear STISD World Scholars Senior,


Congratulations on your graduation from STISD! 

Graduation is a symbol of accomplishment and a new beginning, and it should be a time of joy for you and your family. We continue to do all that we can to ensure this is a time of celebration, no matter the circumstances. 

We hope you enjoyed your virtual graduation last weekend alongside your family and friends. 

To continue our celebration of the Class of 2020, we are pleased to announce we are holding STISD Graduate "Walk of Honor" Celebrations at the H-E-B Park in Edinburg (1616 S. Raul Longoria Rd. #9169) June 10-13. STISD World Scholars will have its event at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10. Although not a formal graduation ceremony, this event will provide our graduates with the opportunity to experience their walk of honor across the stage and receive their diploma in-person.

The health and safety of our STISD community continues to be of utmost importance, and we are working with the venue staff to ensure the safest experience possible for all of our graduates, faculty and staff, guests, and H-E-B Park representatives. However, this cannot be achieved without the support and assistance from our graduates and guests. We want this event to be a special commemoration of this important milestone in your life, but we ask that you please be patient and understanding of the procedures and guidelines that will be in place to help protect all who attend.

Please take some time to review the Guidelines for STISD Graduate "Walk of Honor" Celebrations and the Prohibited Items List from H-E-B Park. 

Up to four family members are invited to attend per each graduate, or family, in the case of multiple graduates from the same family. We will be using the H-E-B Park ticketing system to accept the required RSVPs for the event and to allow for seat selection maintaining proper social distancing. Below is the link to follow to select the seats for your four guests who will be attending. The online system will open for seat selections and reservations at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, June 5, and seat reservations will occur on a first-come, first-served basis. All RSVPs must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 8. RSVPs submitted after this time will not be guaranteed a seat.


A unique passcode has been assigned to you by tomorrow morning.

The passcode will be assigned to four seats for your guests only. Do not share this passcode with anyone else. 


Link to H-E-B Park Ticketing System to Reserve Seats


We thank you in advance for your assistance with making this a joyous and safe event for all of our graduates and guests. On behalf of our administration and board of directors, congratulations, again, and we look forward to celebrating with you soon. 


Marco Antonio Lara, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

World Scholars virtual graduation
Published 05/20/20


Virtual Graduation for World Scholars Class of 2020! 

Because you 🎸 rock it, seniors! An achievement worth celebrating!

We are pleased to announce that we will host a virtual graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 30. These ceremony will include many of the same components as an in-person graduation ceremony and will allow for a customized video clip of each senior in cap and gown experiencing his or her "walk."

The district is also looking into options to host in-person events for the seniors during the summer.

World Scholars Virtual Graduation Ceremony:
Saturday, May 30 at 7 p.m. 

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. We invite you, your family and friends to tune in and watch here on our website's graduation page, as well as on our South Texas ISD Facebook page. If you are unable to tune-in for the live graduation ceremonies, recordings of the virtual ceremonies will be available here after May 30.  

Links to access World Scholars ceremony coming May 30

World Scholars Logo



World Scholars Senior Parade Procession
Published 05/14/20

World Scholars Senior Parade Procession

Because you 🎸 rock it, seniors! An achievement worth celebrating!



·      Seniors are expected to arrive at South Texas ISD World Scholars by 4:00 pm on Tuesday May 19th  and park in the south faculty parking lot

·      Seniors, and families, will remain in their vehicles until approached by campus staff members


·      The parade is designed for seniors. Any graduating senior can participate

·      Participants will park and line up in the south faculty parking lot in front of the school entrance

·      Only immediate family may ride in each vehicle

·      One car per senior is allowed in the parade. Check-in and staging areas will be identified and communicated to seniors and senior parents

·      Everyone is asked to abide by social distancing guidelines and current county/city orders during the event for safety

·      Trailers will not be permitted in the parade

·      Students and families should remain in their vehicles at all times


·      Please decorate your car safely so as not to obstruct your view or cause a traffic hazard

o   Decorations should include “South Texas ISD World Scholars,” student name, and student photos

o   No electioneering, political ads or political displays will not be permitted in the parade

o   Music may be played from each vehicle during the parade—vehicles playing music with explicit and/or inappropriate language will be removed from the parade



World Scholars virtual graduation
Published 05/08/20


World Scholars Virtual Graduation

Because you 🎸 rock it, seniors! An achievement worth celebrating!

World Scholars COLLEGE scholarships
Published 05/06/20

Congratulations to all World Scholars students receiving a college scholarship

Decorative image: student portraits
Jaclyn Buelow

STISD students find meaningful and rewarding moments + accomplishments to call one's 'Best of 2021' despite unusual year of uncertainty, but also full of opportunity and hope. 

Best of 2021 features one student from each STISD campus: 

  • Health Professions | Mercedes
  • Medical Professions | Olmito 
  • Preparatory Academy | Edinburg 
  • Rising Scholars | San Benito 
  • Science Academy | Mercedes 
  • World Scholars | Edinburg 
  • Virtual Academy | RGV 

Health Professions | Danielle Ebaseh-Onofa | Senior of Edinburg 

Best Moment: My best of ‘21 was ‘Senior Take Over’ because it was a preview of what we had to look forward to coming back to school in-person.

Favorite hobbies: Reading - Favorite Book: Save the day by Morgan

Favorite Holiday Tradition: Decorating the Christmas tree

What certification program are you a part of at Health Professions: Pharmacy Program

University of interest: Brown University

Major: Public Health

Images of Health Professions senior

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Medical Professions | Kassandra Rodriguez | Senior of Brownsville 

Best Moment: My best of ‘21 was obtaining my CPR certification which also put me on a path to qualifying in my CPR event to compete at the State HOSA-Future Health Professionals competition.

Favorite Hobbies: Dancing + Sports + Reading

Favorite Holiday Tradition: Putting up the Christmas tree with family

What certification program are you a part of at Medical Professions: Pharmacy Technician Certification Program

University of interest: Undecided

Major: Biomedical Science - Minor in Business

Portraits of Medical Professions student

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Preparatory Academy | Manuel Reynoso | 8th-grader of Edinburg 

Best Moment: My best of ’21 was being the National Junior Honor Society President - despite virtual learning during the pandemic I was able to gain trust from our members and build connections through a screen.

Favorite Hobbies: Playing the piano

Favorite Holiday Tradition: The food

High School Selection: Science Academy | Mercedes 

Portraits of Preparatory Academy student

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Rising Scholars | Anne Marie Lyssy | 8th-grader of Harlingen 

Best Moment:

My best moment in 2021 is coming back to school in-person. I really enjoy making new friends, talking to new people and having the opportunity to play sports again. We all went into the volleyball season barely knowing one another and we came out like a family. Each and every one of us improved so much, winning the district title and making it to rounds deep into the volleyball play-offs.

Favorite Hobbies: playing sports, baking and doodling

Favorite Holiday Tradition: being with family and making homemade polish sausage

University of interest: Texas A&M University

Major: Business

Portraits of RSA student

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Science Academy | Beau Werley | Senior of Harlingen 

Best Moment:

They say that a good friend is worth a thousand words… wait… or maybe I’m thinking of a picture. Regardless, this past year has placed us all in circumstances that we would have otherwise never experienced. Whether good or bad, both fostered a growth that would not have been possible had we not been in the situation which has since passed us by. It’s difficult to rewind my year and narrow it down to one, conceivable, “Best Moment of 2021” because for some of us there are either so many or so few to choose from. No matter our circumstances, I believe there’s at least one thing we can all be grateful for… a good friend. Not just any run-of-the-mill, average acquaintance, but a genuine, true friend. One who sticks closer than a brother. For me, it’s impossible to pinpoint one exact moment of this past year that I could say has surpassed all others, but rather it has been the people I spent it with that truly made it all worthwhile. We’ve all grown a lot this past year, so here’s to good friends, good family, good fellowship, and a successful 2022.

Favorite Hobbies: Music and playing the piano

Favorite Holiday Tradition: Putting up our families Christmas Village - we gather and fellowship and spread that holiday cheer around the house

University of interest: Colorado School of Mines

Major: Civil Engineering

Portraits of Science Academy student

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World Scholars | Jonathan Mendez | Senior of McAllen

Best Moment: My best of ‘21 was advancing to the Texas Charter School Academic & Athletic League volleyball tournament.

Favorite Hobbies: Sports and making music (Guitar, piano and drums)

Favorite Holiday Tradition: Opening gifts on Christmas

University of interest: Texas State University

Major: Kinesiology

Portraits of World Scholars student

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Virtual Academy | Abby Jones | 6th-grader of Brownsville 

Best Moment: My best of ‘21 was drawing a realistic eye.

Favorite hobbies: Art and Watching Marvel movies

Favorite Holiday Tradition: Decorating the Christmas tree

Favorite subject: Art and math

University of interest: Stanford or Yale

Major: Dermatology

Portraits of Virtual Academy student
  • Health Professions
  • Medical Professions
  • Preparatory Academy
  • Rising Scholars
  • Science Academy
  • Virtual Academy
  • World Scholars
STISD Science Academy Students at Chevron Design Challenge
Amanda Odom

Four juniors from STISD Science Academy in Mercedes competed in the Chevron Design Challenge at Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station, TX, Dec. 9-10.

According to TAMU, the Design Challenge is an intensive design experience based on Texas A&M Engineering’s Aggies Invent program. Participating students were all 9th-11th graders currently enrolled in one or more Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses at their high school. All participating students at the competition were split into two groups– a maroon and a white side. Groups were divided further from there, with students from each participating high school placed in different teams with PLTW students from around the state of Texas and based upon students’ interests.

The theme for the competition was Manufacturing for Public Health. Teams were presented with a needs statement and worked through the engineering design process to come up with a solution, create a mock-up and “sell” their design to a panel of judges. Chevron and Texas A&M University provided judges and mentors, allowing students access to experts in design.

The top three teams from each side – maroon and white – were announced, and then the judges decided upon the grand champion. Two Science Academy students - Simon Sy and Daniel Chen – were each part of the first-place team on their respective sides. The judges then decided the grand champions for the event, and announced that Simon Sy’s team won. Simon was awarded a $200 gift card for Amazon, while Daniel Chen was awarded a $150 gift card. Both teams’ projects involved the design of an effective delivery system for transporting diagnostic tests.

While on campus at TAMU, the four participating Science Academy juniors - Daniel Chen, Emma Cantu, Hannah Jin, and Simon Sy – toured the campus, learned about its history and traditions, and got an inside look at the new Zachry Engineering complex.

Superintendent's Cup Basketball Tournament taking place Saturday, Dec. 18
Jaclyn Buelow

Preparatory Academy + World Scholars to host the Superintendent's Cup Basketball Tournament this Saturday, Dec. 18. 

Middle school and high school teams from all STISD campuses will be competing for a chance to be named the 2021 boys and girls Superintendent's Cup Basketball Champion. 

Games will take place at both gyms and first tip-off is at 9 a.m. 

View full schedule here

STISD High School Selection and In-District Transfers for 6th, 7th and 9th graders for 2022-23 will take place Nov. 15-29.
Amanda Odom

PLEASE NOTE: Deadline for high school selection and in-district transfers have been extended to Friday, Dec. 3.

STISD High School Selection for current STISD 8th-graders and In-District Transfers for current STISD 6th-,7th- and 9th-graders wanting to transfer to another campus within STISD for the 2022-2023 school year is now active via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal

The process is open to guardians having Infinite Campus Parent Portal accounts, and must be accessed using the web browser of a smart device, tablet, or computer. The process cannot be completed through the app.

Visit the Infinite Campus Parent Portal through the STISD district website at Within the STISD Community dropdown in the upper right-hand corner of the website, click on Parents. You will access the link within the Resources and Logins.

Don't have access to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal? Reach out to your child's campus for assistance with setting up your account.

The following are the steps to take within the Infinite Campus Parent Portal to complete the selection/transfer process:

  • Log in through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
  • Within the menu on the left side of the portal, select More.
  • Click on the Transfer Enrollment hyperlink.
  • Click on the Begin Transfer button at the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  • Select student for which you are requesting a high school selection/transfer from the list.
  • Select the school to which the student will be transferring and click Save.
STISD World Scholars boys volleyball team playing during district match
Amanda Odom

The STISD World Scholars Lions boys volleyball team continues its historic season as it advances, undefeated, to the Texas Charter School Academic and Athletic League (TCSAAL) state championship this weekend.

Although World Scholars began offering boys volleyball in 2017 and has claimed all four STISD titles since that time, this year marks the first year that the campus is participating in this sport within the TCSAAL.

So far this season, the team secured a 6-0 record in district play and claimed its first ever district title. The team then defeated IDEA San Benito in the Regional Semifinal match, setting up a clash of undefeated teams. World Scholars battled IDEA Weslaco in the Regional Final match for a spot in the State Final. In a hard-fought match, World Scholars prevailed in four sets to earn their place in the TCSAAL State Championship. The World Scholars team is currently 10-0 and looking to cap off its record-setting season with a state title. 

The World Scholars Lions will face Round Rock Meridian World School on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 1:30 p.m. at Wimberley High School. 

South Texas ISD World Scholars is one of four high schools in South Texas ISD, a magnet school district serving students from Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy Counties. The state- and nationally-recognized campus offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and Dual Enrollment programs with South Texas College and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Students can take college courses free of charge, earn course credit recognized worldwide, and earn an internationally-recognized diploma. For additional information, visit or