Academic Advising

Texas Academy offers counseling for enrolled students. Counseling involves academic advising, college counseling and identifying student development issues. Our administration and staff inform students of academic and scholarship opportunities. 

Advising

Course Selection

Students must complete courses required for graduation before choosing electives. Electives should be chosen from the remaining requirements of the Lamar University core curriculum. Political Science and Economics courses may be taken only during fall and spring semesters of the final year. All courses, including electives, must be taken in standard format — that is, none can be taken online or by correspondence. Exceptions to this requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

Student Development

First-semester Texas Academy students meet with the counselor in regularly-scheduled monthly meetings. This is important because students sometimes experience problems with homesickness and adjustment to college life. If a student’s problems require extra assistance, he/she is referred to Lamar University’s Student Health Center. In addition to working closely with the counselor, our students are encouraged to attend a series of Academic Enhancement Workshops designed to ease their transition to Lamar University. 

 

Disability Resource Center

Lamar University is committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students. If you have, or think you may have, a disability (e.g. mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory or physical), please contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to arrange a confidential appointment with the director to explore possible options regarding reasonable accommodations.

If you are registered with the DRC and have a current letter requesting accommodations, we encourage you to contact your instructor early in the semester to review how the accommodations will be applied in the course.

 

Electives

The core curriculum, along with a student’s Texas Academy graduation course requirements, constitutes a student’s principal academic focus. Courses used to fulfill the elective requirement are selected from the core curriculum. 

 

Tutorial Assistance

In order to facilitate a successful transition from high school to a more challenging Lamar University course load, we strongly recommend students take full advantage of university support systems. Students should schedule regular meetings with their professors. Individual and small group tutoring is available from Student Advising and Retention Services (STARS). Lamar University also offers a free writing lab, mathematics lab and language lab to support academic success. Scheduling and payment of private tutors are the responsibility of the student. Any student who continues to have problems with a class should notify the Texas Academy counselor immediately for further assistance.