The Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) is a two-year residential early college entrance program serving approximately 380 Texans at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. It is a member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology.
Each year TAMS admits approximately 200 new students following their 10th grade year of high school. These students are entered into full-time college studies and proceed to earn two years of college credit that is transferable in some situations while at the same time earning a high school diploma. Typical TAMS students receive both a high school diploma and more than 60 college credits, allowing them to potentially enter university with enough credit to qualify as a junior.
All core courses must be taken at TAMS/UNT during the fall and spring semesters. All courses, including electives, must be taken in standard format — that is, none can be taken on-line or by correspondence. The minimum cumulative GPA required for graduation is 3.0. Students whose GPA is drops below this threshold are dismissed from the Academy, and the number of elective courses that a student may take in a given semester is dependent upon his or her GPA.
TAMS graduates often pursue post-graduate education, often in the sciences or mathematics. The total amount of scholarship money offered to TAMS graduates annually is generally eight to nine million dollars, two to three million of which is accepted.
TAMS students participate in the UNT community through activities such as community service projects and tutoring. TAMS has a number of student activities and events, ranging from academic clubs like Mu Alpha Theta and JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society) to performance groups like Academy Players (theatre) and Dull Roar (music). There are also many community service activities available in which students can participate, like HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere). In addition to clubs, the McConnell Hall Association functions as a part of the UNT Residential Hall Association. Also, one student is voted to represent TAMS in the UNT Student Government Association each year.
Students may also participate in yearly or more frequent events such as proms and talent shows.
All TAMS students live in McConnell Hall. The hall consists of three floors, segregated by gender. The hall is furnished with two common rooms (the Smitty Study and Mac Café), a kitchenette, and multiple meeting rooms. Besides serving as a study area during quiet hours, the Smitty Study serves as a public recreation room, featuring ping-pong, free chocolate chip cookies, pool, and foosball. Mac Café is one of the common rooms in McConnell. It host various student activities, and also serves as a gathering place for both academic and social activity.
Infractions are documented by TAMS staff, and students are assessed a number of disciplinary points for each infraction. Points are accumulated by each student over his or her enrollment, although they may be appealed. Violations such as quiet hour disturbance are not given any leniency, but three documentations for the same offense must be recorded in thirty days before any actual points are accumulated. More serious violations, however, such as the use of illegal or restricted substances are strictly enforced.