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

Congrats to STISD on Niche 2022 Rankings
Amanda Odom

Niche just released its 2022 Best Schools K-12 School & District Rankings, and for the eighth year in a row, STISD and its campuses ranked among the best in the state and nation.

With an A+ overall grade, STISD ranked 2nd in Texas (out of 1,018 school districts ranked) and 20th in the nation (out of 10,772 districts ranked) in the Best School Districts rankings. The district also earned the top spots in the state in the Best Places to Teach in Texas and the Districts with the Best Teachers in Texas.  

All six STISD campuses eligible for the ranking were ranked among the best in the state and nation in the 2022 Niche K-12 Schools lists, which grade and rank schools and districts based upon criteria ranging from academics to culture and teachers.

STISD’s two middle schools earned spots in the top three in the Best Public Middle Schools in Texas and Best Public Middle School Teachers in Texas categories. South Texas ISD Preparatory Academy (Preparatory Academy) in Edinburg ranked first (for the second year in a row) in the Best Public Middle Schools in Texas (out of 2,223 schools ranked) and second in Best Public Middle School Teachers in Texas (out of 2,168). South Texas ISD Rising Scholars Academy (Rising Scholars) in San Benito earned first place in the Best Public Middle School Teachers in Texas category and third in the Best Public Middle Schools in Texas. Both campuses received an A+ overall Niche grade. In the Best Public Middle School Teachers in America, Rising Scholars ranked 2nd and Preparatory Academy ranked 8th out of 24,806 schools ranked. In the Best Public Middle Schools in America category, Preparatory Academy ranked 27th and Rising Scholars ranked 35th out of 25,343 schools ranked. In the Best Public Middle Schools in their counties – Hidalgo and Cameron – both campuses also claimed the number one spot.  

All four STISD high schools also ranked among the top in the state and nation in the 2022 Best Public High Schools lists again this year. South Texas ISD Science Academy (Science Academy) in Mercedes ranked 12th in the state (out of 1,773) and 145th in the nation (out of 19,984) and received an A+ overall grade. The campus claimed first place in the Best Public High Schools in Hidalgo County. South Texas ISD Health Professions (Health Professions) in Mercedes ranked 83rd in the state and 2nd in Hidalgo County, and received an A. South Texas ISD Medical Professions (Medical Professions) in Olmito ranked 89th in the state, 1st in Best Public High Schools in Cameron County, and received an A. South Texas ISD World Scholars (World Scholars) in Edinburg ranked 92nd in the state, 3rd in Hidalgo County, and received an A.

All four high schools and the two middle schools claimed the top spots within their respective counties.

These are only a few of the categories by which Niche ranked campuses and districts. The following are links to access the detailed lists of district and campus rankings:

South Texas Independent School District:

South Texas ISD Preparatory Academy:

South Texas ISD Rising Scholars Academy:

South Texas ISD Health Professions:

South Texas ISD Medical Professions:

South Texas ISD Science Academy:

South Texas ISD World Scholars:

According to the company website, the 2022 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more.

Additional information on the methodology used for the grading and ranking is available on the Niche website here:

Health Science instructor working in sim lab with two students
Amanda Odom

STISD will host an in-person Job Fair from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2. The event will be held at the STISD Science Academy gymnasium, located at 900 Med High Drive in Mercedes. It's the perfect opportunity to learn more about the district, openings for part-time and full-time positions, and benefits. Watch video for details about the event and how you can join our team. Additional details, including a full listing of open positions, is available within the Employment page.


STISD Preparatory Academy and STISD Rising Scholars Academy were both named 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools.
Amanda Odom

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today recognized 325 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021, including both South Texas Independent School District (STISD) middle schools – STISD Preparatory Academy (Preparatory Academy) in Edinburg and STISD Rising Scholars Academy (Rising Scholars Academy) in San Benito – based on their overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“This year’s cohort of honorees demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish,” said Secretary Cardona. “I commend this school and all our Blue Ribbon honorees for working to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. In the face of unprecedented circumstances, you found creative ways to engage, care for, protect, and teach our children. Blue Ribbon Schools have so much to offer and can serve as a model for other schools and communities so that we can truly build back better.”

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.  Now in its 39th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools.

The Department recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High-Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap-Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students.

Schools are eligible for nomination after five years. This is the second time that Preparatory Academy has received this distinction, as the campus is also a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School. Ana Castro, Preparatory Academy principal, expresses pride in her campus community for achieving such a high honor. “It is a privilege and an honor for me to lead the Preparatory Academy community. We are dedicated and committed to providing the best learning opportunities for our students, and this recognition validates the hard work and dedication of our entire team.”

It is the first time that Rising Scholars Academy has received the distinction in the six years since its founding.

San Juanita Ortiz, Rising Scholars Academy principal, expresses the excitement of her campus in response to receiving this award, “Being named and recognized as a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School yields the excellence that is associated with STISD Rising Scholars Academy (RSA). Since its inception in 2015, RSA maintains an exemplary reputation. It is with great aspirations and hard work that RSA has been able to reach such a goal. The school’s vision, mission, and core values speak volumes of the school community and culture and the reflection of student success does not go unnoticed. Congratulations to all students, support staff, and faculty in reaching this prestigious recognition! Go Rockets!”

Both Preparatory Academy and Rising Scholars Academy are planning celebrations for their campus communities the week of Sept. 27.

Two other STISD campuses received the award previously, with STISD Science Academy in Mercedes being named a 2005 National Blue Ribbon School, and STISD Health Professions in Mercedes being named a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School.

South Texas ISD Preparatory Academy and South Texas ISD Rising Scholars Academy are the two standalone middle schools within South Texas Independent School District. The campuses serve 7th and 8th-grade students from three counties in the Rio Grande Valley – Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy – through a rigorous academic curriculum, enabling them to earn above-grade-level coursework and develop the skills and habits necessary for success in higher learning while still in junior high. For additional information, visit or call 1-800-21STUDY.

Photographs and brief descriptions of the 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools are available at

Person receiving a vaccine
Amanda Odom

STISD will host two COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics at district facilities the week of Sept. 20. Below are the clinic details:

  • STISD World Scholars Gym (510 S. Sugar Rd., Edinburg) on Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • STISD Science Academy Gym (900 Med High Dr., Mercedes) on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Both clinics will offer the first-dose of the Pfizer vaccine to unvaccinated STISD students and faculty/staff, as well as unvaccinated family members of students and employees, who want to receive their vaccination. Individuals must be 12 years of age or older to receive the vaccine. For children 18 and under, parents must be present.

To register to participate in either clinic and reserve your dose, you will need to complete and submit the following registration form by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20Click here to register

Please note that a separate registration form must be completed for each individual wanting to receive a vaccine.

In addition to the registration form, all participants will also need to complete the additional required forms, which can be printed at home and completed to turn in onsite or completed onsite the day of the clinic (copies to be made available).

Click here for a Fact Sheet about the Vaccine

For additional information, call 956.514.4244.

Person receiving a vaccine
Amanda Odom

Medical Professions hosted its first vaccine clinic and blood drive of the school year on campus on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Hear more from Hanani Vasquez, health science teacher at Medical Professions, about this event and the school's plans to continue these types of community events moving forward.


  • InsideSTISD
  • Medical Professions