New Medical Academy Offers More to Students


Li-Yuen Poy was in awe as she wandered through the halls of the new South Texas Academy for Medical Professions.

“It’s amazing. It’s so big,” said Poy, breathless as she toured the library, the auditorium and science labs of the new facility scheduled to open this school year.

Poy, 17, of Brownsville, and Diego Guerra, also 17, of La Feria, were exploring the 181,495-square-foot campus where they will spend their senior year. The school is designed specifically as a medically-themed, college preparatory high school to expand the horizons for instructional techniques.

The school is part of the South Texas Independent School District, a system of six magnet schools that serve Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties. The schools are open to any student living in one of those counties.

On a recent tour, school district spokeswoman Amanda Odom was showing students the different rooms and features.

Outside, the school has a commanding, yet attractive presence. Gazebos cast shadows onto pavers and black iron benches. Entrances have large square pilings of mottled stone. Inside, the halls are broken up into different colors such as lime green and blue.

The new $28.8 million school, also called the Medical Academy, is located on Expressway 77/83 across the highway from Rancho Viejo. It will accommodate up to…

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