Project Description

Highlands P-TECH – Aerospace, Engineering, Manufacturing, Welding

Grades served for 2022-23: 9th, 10th

Lottery grade: 9th

Waitlist grade: 10th

Principal: Dr. Penny Pruitt

Phone: (210) 438-6800

Address: 3118 Elgin Ave., 78210

School Website

Highlands High School is the premier school of the Southeast Side of San Antonio featuring strong academics, engaging career preparation, and award-winning student activities. We are a school with tremendous pride and a long legacy of success. Boasting top-3 performance on AP exams across all SAISD traditional schools and one of the quickest improvements in state accountability over the past 4 years, Highlands prides itself on serving and supporting every student who walks through our doors. Our 16 Master Teachers lead efforts in offering over 30 college credits for FREE to students in advanced courses such as AP, Dual Credit, and Dual Enrollment in the OnRamps program with UT Austin. Mighty Owls can join a number of successful extra-curricular programs including athletics, JROTC, National Honor Society, and an incredible fine arts program (brigade/dance/cheer, band, mariachi, choir, orchestra, art, and theatre art). Highlands High School is YOUR neighborhood school and we can’t wait to welcome you to the Owl Nation.

Introducing Highlands P-TECH, in partnership with St. Philip’s College, an early college high school combining technical courses with dual credit to provide students the opportunity to work toward an associate degree and industry-approved certifications in the areas of Aerospace, Engineering, Manufacturing and Welding. P-TECH stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School, a national model developed to ensure students gain specific skills needed by employers in high growth industries. The key to our P-TECH is collaboration between the high school, higher education partner, and industry leaders. Students benefit from rigorous coursework and engaging work-based learning to prepare for high-wage, high-demand career areas and college programs identified in conjunction with local workforce development organizations.

All programs within the Highlands P-TECH will feature the following components.

  • Preparation for STEM careers within the San Antonio region
  • Access to dual credit courses and associate degrees at no cost to the student
  • Development of technical skills identified by college and industry partners – for example robotics, measurement, shop tools, safety, electronics, machining, computer-aided drafting (CAD), etc.
  • Development of professional skills (soft skills) identified by college and industry partners through work-based learning experiences such as field trips, guest speakers, internships, etc.
  • Robust student support including a dedicated academic counselor, college advisor, work-based learning specialist, and participation in the AVID program.

See the P-TECH guide here!

There are 4 programs of study within the Highlands P-TECH pathway. Specific details on these programs, including 4-year plans and course crosswalks, are posted on the Highlands P-TECH website.

  • Aerospace – Associate of Applied Science, Aircraft Technician Airframe. Focus on preparation for high-wage, high-demand careers in aerospace upon graduation.
  • Engineering Rigorous STEM Dual Credit with specialized courses in Engineering. Focus on preparation for entering a bachelor’s degree program in Engineering upon graduation.
  • Manufacturing – Associate of Applied Science, Automated Industrial Processes. Focus on preparation for high-wage, high-demand careers in manufacturing upon graduation.
  • Welding – Associate of Applied Science, Welder/Welding Technologist. Focus on preparation for high-wage, high-demand careers in welding industry upon graduation.

Dual Language is available at this campus for 9th grade.

Learn more on the online P-TECH guide here!

  • Higher Education Partner – St. Philip’s College in the Alamo Colleges District.
  • Industry Partners – Formal partnerships will be announced soon, multiple industry partners in San Antonio have signed on to support the Highlands P-TECH. See P-TECH website for updates on our industry partners!
  • Additional Partners – P-TECH students have the opportunity to join programs such as Upward Bound Math & Science, UT Outreach, and Communities in Schools.
  • STEM-Related Activities: Architecture, Construction, & Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program, Air Force Association Cyber Patriot Team, FIRST Robotics, Go Green Environmental Club, JROTC, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honors Club
  • Additional Activities: Academic Decathlon, Athletics, Art Club, Band, Book Club, Brigade Dance Team, Choir, Class Leadership & Student Council, Future Farmers of America (FFA), Gamma Sigma (Girl Scouts), Mariachi, Orchestra, Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE), Theatre Arts, Yearbook

San Antonio ISD is hosting virtual and in-person Parent Information Sessions every month! These are interactive, family conversations that help you understand what Choice Schools & Magnet Programs are and how to gain admission. We share important dates and deadlines, tips on how to apply, and resources to learn more. See dates, times, and locations of all District Info Sessions here.

  • Virtual Sessions: Join by tuning in to our live broadcast on the SAISD Choice Schools & Programs Facebook page. Parents will be able to post questions directly in the comments during the presentations, and we’ll answer in real time! Questions may also be sent ahead of time by direct message through the Facebook page, or by email to
  • In-Person Sessions: No sign-up is needed. These sessions take place at our neighborhood high schools, so parking is free. To make sure seating can remain socially distanced, we advise just 1 parent and 1 child per family attend each event. *Masks are required due to COVID-19 safety guidelines. 


Highlands High School is hosting the following in-person Parent/Student Information Events*. Contact the school directly with any questions.

*Spanish interpretation is available at all events below.

Date Time
Wed Nov 17 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Wed Dec 15 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Wed Jan 12 5:00 – 6:00 PM