• Principal Palacios
    Principal: Andrew Palacios
    School of Science and Engineering
    at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
    1201 E. Eighth Street, Suite 216
    Dallas, TX 75203
    SEM Office: (972) 925-5960
    Townview Clinic: (972) 925-5982
    Message from the Principal:

    As principal of the School of Science and Engineering Magnet, allow me to welcome you to our school.

    Science and Engineering Magnet (SEM) is a college preparatory public high school, which was created in 1982. Our school offers a variety of courses designed to allow students to acquire the necessary skills required to compete globally in the areas of Science and Engineering. We are a school with an exciting and rigorous learning environment for both students and staff. Applicants are selected from the general Dallas ISD population. Admission to the School of Science and Engineering is based upon a student’s achievements and interest. All SEM students are required to participate in a comprehensive Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement curriculum.

    Our school offers Fast-Track classes in math, science, computer science and an accelerated humanities program. Therefore, students have the opportunity to progress at their own speed by taking accelerated course work. Science, math and English concepts are integrated throughout SEM’s curriculum in order to demonstrate the interdependence of math, science and engineering technology. The teaching staff at SEM share a common goal of preparing our students for the rigorous demands that today’s colleges of science and engineering place on students. Our faculty includes exceptional teachers with over 75 percent having advanced degrees in the areas they teach.

    Our staff remains committed in all that we do to uphold the high standards that have earned the School of Science and Engineering several awards and honors. As a result, the school has been named among the highest-performing high schools in the country according to national publications’ rankings (U. S. News & World Report, Newsweek, Washington Post). In 2005 & 2011, the school was named National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education. SEM won the 2012 Intel School of Distinction Award for the Best High School Math Program in the Country! Our campus was named the #1 High School in North Texas by Children at Risk and #1 STEM High School by NewsWeek.. and many more!

    We appreciate your interest in our school and hope that you enjoy learning more about our program. It is truly an honor to serve as the principal of SEM as we continue to strive to be the best Science and Engineering school in the world.

    Please feel free to explore our website for additional information about the School of Science and Engineering Magnet.

    Andrew Palacios, Principal


    • Vision Statement

      Building students with the knowledge, skills, character, and love of learning to be globally competitive in STEM fields.


      We established three pillars to achieve that goal:

      1. Building multi-disciplinary fluency: reading & writing

      2. Enhancing our student engineering experience

      3. Building upon our globally recognized and competitive math and science programs

      Mission Statement

      The Science and Engineering Magnet High School is a learning community established to provide students with a rigorous college preparatory, academic and technical program relating to the sciences, mathematics and engineering fields.


      "SEM... Where the possibilities are endless"


    General Information
    Bell Schedule: 
    1st and 5th Periods: 9:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
    2nd and 6th Periods: 10:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (+ Lunches)
    3rd and 7th Periods: 1:05 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
    4th and 8th Periods: 2:45 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
    School Uniforms: No official uniform / no shorts allowed
    Academic Focus: We are DISD's Premier STEM Destination!
    Parent organization information: Click here