CITGO Innovation Academy

Engineering, Environmental & Marine Science

Mission Statement

The mission of the CITGO Innovation Academy for Engineering, Environmental & Marine Science is to prepare high school students for college programs and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Academy creates a rigorous 4 year college preparatory program that includes upper level engineering, mathematics and science courses. Students may receive between 12 - 30 hours of college credits after having successfully completed the program. The program incorporates the dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico and the businesses and industries that are supported by the unique natural resources in the Coastal Bend area. The Academy is recognized by the Texas Education Agency as an official Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academy. We are also proud to be recognized as a model engineering high school by the National Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering Program. The goal of the Innovation Academy is to graduate students who are college and career ready.

Description of Program

The CITGO Innovation Academy for Engineering, Environmental & Marine Science is a Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academy.  Initial funding to establish the unique programming in the Innovation Academy was provided by the Texas High School Project, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and the Texas Education Agency.  Currently, the Innovation Academy is 1 of only 56 T-STEM Academies in the State of Texas.  The Innovation Academy is a magnet program that serves Moody High School students, as well as students from across the Corpus Christi ISD attendance zone.  Students are selected based on their interest in pursuing a college and career program in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM).

Innovation Academy students will have the opportunity to conduct and present research, visit major colleges and universities, participate in co-curricular academic competition, and visit with world-famous scientists and STEM representatives, as they move through their Academy pathway.  In addition, the Innovation Academy focuses on increasing students’ understanding of the natural world by exposing them to the dynamics and socio-economic effects of their local natural resources.  Summer enrichment activities are available to all Innovation Academy students and vary from Robotics Camp to Kayaking Camp.  

Teachers for the Innovation Academy are selected based on their qualifications and commitment to providing innovative and engaging instruction in and out of the classroom.  Academy teachers put in countless hours in preparation for student activities.  Summers are spent participating in specialized science, technology, engineering and mathematics training.  All Academy teachers work as a vertical team to ensure consistency and continuity from one grade level to the next.



 All applications and all supporting materials are due on or before 4:30 PM Friday,  March 22, 2019

You may submit the entire packet to your middle school counselor on or before 4:30 PM  Friday, March 22, 2019

You may also submit your application to Moody High School Office of Academics, Room 401 on or before 4:30 PM Friday, March 22, 2019

**Please ask for a receipt from the Office of Academics (Room 401), Moody High School when submitting your application. Moody High School is not responsible for applications submitted when receipts are not provided.

For additional information or any questions about the application process, please contact Dr. Gloria Bilaye-Benibo, Dean of STEM Academy Instruction and Student Services or 361-878-7363