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Hawk Scholars Academy

What is Hawk Scholars Academy?

Hawk Scholars Academy is a group of selected students who will participate in extensive Dual Credit coursework beginning in their freshman year of high school with the total of earning a Associate's Degree during high school that will be accepted instance by a 4-year University. Dual Credit courses allow a student to earn high school and college credits at the same time.

What institutions are involved in Hawk Scholars Academy?

Red Oak ISD has a joint agreement with both Navarro College and The University of Texas at Arlington which allows students to earn an Associate’s Degree with Navarro which will then be transferable to UTA. Once students begin classes at UTA, they would be classified as a junior, and would be considered for multiple scholarship opportunities not available to many other incoming students.

What is the cost to participate in the Hawk Scholars Academy?

Although participation in Hawk Scholars Academy affords a great financial savings over a traditional 4-year degree, it does have associated costs. If accepted to the program, students will be taking college courses and beginning a college transcript. Tuition rates set by the institution apply. For Navarro, current tuition is $56 per semester hour. Most dual credit courses are 3-hour courses, making the cost per class about $168 plus textbook and course fees when applicable. Departmental fees, distance learning fees, and other course-specific fees may sometimes apply.

How is Hawk Scholars Academy different?

Rather than a separate early-college high school, Hawks Scholars allows a student to participate as a student at Red Oak High School, which includes opportunities for extracurricular activities, clubs, and events that are enjoyed by their peers. In addition, rather than focusing on one college major area, the Associate’s Degree earned during work in Hawk Scholars Academy is intended to be General Studies, therefore allowing students many avenues of choice for future college majors.

How do students apply to Hawk Scholars Academy?

Students must complete the application and entrance testing (PSAT and/or TSI). Candidates that meet minimum score requirements must also submit a portfolio of work for committee review that represents academic and personal achievement. Selected candidates will then be invited to participate in a panel interview including members of both Navarro and UTA in addition to district representatives. Candidates accepted to Hawk Scholars Academy will be notified during the summer. The application documents may be found on the Application Procedure webpage or in the Counselor’s Office.

Is Hawk Scholars Academy only for ROISD Pre-AP and/or Gifted & Talented students?

Any 8th grade student may apply to be considered for Hawk Scholars Academy. The entrance testing, portfolio of work, and panel interview process will apply equally to all applicants regardless of current course enrollments. However, advanced course enrollments will be considered along with classroom grades in the portfolio evaluation. Non-ROISD students may apply only if they are eligible to enroll as an ROISD student in the fall according to residency or transfer student policies set forth by the local Board of Trustees.




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