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Texas Success Initiative Assessment

Cotulla High School offers the TSIA.  Please contact Marlene Costley-Maldonado, CHS Counselor/Accuplacer Coordinator, at 830-879-2374, ext 2020.

Test date: TBA

Test time: 8:00 am and 12:10 pm

Location: Learning Center Computer Lab

Register with Mrs. Maldonado.  Email or stop by her office!

Please click below to access the

TSIA Pre-Assessment Link.

What Is the TSI Assessment?

The TSI Assessment (TSIA) is part of the Texas Success Initiative program designed to help your college or university determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment - unless you are already exempt (read below) - to determine your readiness for college-level work. Based on how you perform, you may either be enrolled in a college-level course and/or be placed in the appropriate developmental course or intervention to improve your skills and prepare you for success in college-level courses.

Which students must take the TSI Assessment?

Not all incoming students need to take the TSI Assessment. There are many ways you can be exempt. Qualifying for a TSI Assessment exemption means that you can enroll in any entry- level college course without restrictions. In other words, there are no prerequisites for enrollment in the entry-level college courses. In certain cases exemptions are subject-specific, which means you may qualify for an exemption in one area such as reading but not in another area like mathematics or writing. You may be exempt if you meet one or more of the following:

Texas Success Initiative Assessment Passing Scores

  • TSIA Reading 351+                
  • TSIA Math 350+
  • TSIA Writing Placement score of at least 340 and essay score of 4, or

       Placement score of less than 340 and an ABE diagnostic level of at least a 4 and essay score of 5

Success Initiative Exemptions

  • Scored a 23 or higher on the ACT composite and a minimum of 19 on both the English and Math tests;
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) minimum score of 480, Mathematics minimum score of 530 (no combined score needed);

If you think you may be exempt, please contact an advisor at your college. For a complete list of TSI exemptions, visit

Mandatory Pre-Assessment Activity

Before you take the TSI Assessment, you must participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity. The college or university where you take your test is required to provide the Pre-Assessment Activity as well as document your participation. It is a requirement that you complete this activity before you take the test. The activity varies by institution but must include at least the following:

  • An explanation of the importance of the TSI Assessment and how the assessment works;
  • Practice test questions and feedback;

What happens if you do not pass one or all parts of the TSI Assessment?

If you do not pass one or all parts (reading, writing and math) of the TSI Assessment, you may be required to enroll in developmental education coursework or accelerated intervention before you can enroll in a college credit course for the subject in which you did not pass. In some cases, you may be allowed to enroll in a developmental intervention and college-credit course at the same time. The TSI Assessment is an on-demand test, and you may retake it at any time to determine your college readiness. Remember, developmental education courses and interventions often cost the same as a college-level course but do not count towards a certificate or degree program and do not transfer. It is best to avoid developmental education all together by becoming college ready in high school or before enrolling in at a college or university.





ACT with Writing

The next ACT with Writing will be held at Cotulla High School on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:45 am in the CHS Cafetorium. 

The registration deadline is Friday, November 8, 2019. 

Juniors and Seniors who receive a free or reduced lunch plan are eligible for up to 2 fee waivers.  All Juniors and Seniors who need to register for the ACT can visit the Counseling Center.   

Visit the following website to access information about the ACT with Writing.




SAT with Essay

The next SAT with Essay will be held at Cotulla High School on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7:45 am in the CHS Cafetorium.    

Please be sure to bring your SAT ticket, Photo ID, and a sweater or jacket as the Cafetorium may be cool.

 If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Maldonado in the Counseling Center.

Register for the December 7, 2019 SAT with Essay at Cotulla High School by Friday, November 8, 2019.  

Visit the following website to access more information about the SAT with Essay:




The ASVAB will be held on Thursday, Janauary 23, 2020 for all CHS Juniors. 

Information about the ASVAB can be found at:



Cotulla High School offers dual-credit courses.  Students take courses at the Learning Center.  






Below is a listing of some individual scholarships that you can research and apply for.  Most of these scholarships have deadlines or time frames of when you can apply, so make sure that you have plenty of time to submit the application and/or requirements.  

NEW! Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award | January 7

NEW! Ron Brown Scholar Program | January 9

NEW! SimpleTexting Scholarship | January 11

NEW! Diversity Advancement Scholarship | January 16

NEW! Profile in Courage Essay Contest | January 18

NEW! C-SPAN’s Student Documentary Competition | January 20

NEW! Coolidge Scholarship | January 23

NEW! 40th Anniversary Fiesta Medal Design Contest|February 1

NEW! Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship | February 6

NEW! Live Mas Scholarship |February 21

NEW! The Alamo College Foundation Scholarship|March 31

NEW! Harvey Najim Pathways Scholarship|March 31

José Antonio Navarro Distinguished Student Scholarship Award

Elks National Foundation Scholarship 

Blue Cares Scholarship

GenCure Scholarship Video Contest

Wendy’s High School Heisman

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

National Eagle Scout Association Scholarships

HACU Scholarships

HACU DREAM Scholarship

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation Education Support Award 

Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship

ASIST Scholarship

Rey Feo Scholarship

Rotary Club of San Antonio

Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship

The Jane Austen Society of North America Essay Contest

¡Adelante! Scholarships

TADC Urban Scholarship

The Asian Women In Business Scholarship Fund

Denny’s Hungry for Education for High School Students and College Students

St. Philip’s College Scholarships

St. Philip’s College National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarship

St. Philip’s College Student Engagement Grant (SEG) Scholarships

Generation’s Federal Credit Union

National Association of Letter Carriers 

Alamo City Chapter of the American Society of Military Comptrollers 

San Antonio Area Foundation Scholarships

Live Your Dream 

ARTBA’s Student Transportation Video Contest

AFSA Scholarship Contest

The Bryce Thomson Scholarship Award

The Claude S. Weiler Scholarship for Amputee College Students

¡Lánzate! Travel Award Program 

Copeland Scholarship

San Antonio Automobile Dealers Association

San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists

Girl Scouts Scholarships 

Scholarships for Women 

Church’s Scholars Program

UTSA Access College and Excel Scholar Program

SACU Bridge for U Scholarship Program 

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Security Service Federal Credit Union Scholarship

The Gates Scholarship

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Quest Bridge Scholarship for Juniors

National FFA Organization

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

The Scholarship

 Scholarship Databases:

Adventures in Education


Career One Stop

CHCI Next Opp

College Board: Big Future

College Greenlight

National Database of Scholarships


Sallie Mae Scholarship Search


Scholarship Hunter

Student Scholarships

Student Scholarship Search


Texas Scholarships from

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STAAR EOC Retests December 9-13, 2019

CHS Calendar of Events

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CHS Office Staff

Cotulla High School Phone Number: 830-879-2374

Cotulla High School Office Administration/Staff in Building F

Dr. Scott Norris, Principal (Ext. 2001)

Carrie Nance, Assistant Principal (Ext. 2002)

Bobbie Jo Gonzalez, Principal Secretary (Ext. 2010)

Marlene Costley-Maldonado, School Counselor (Ext. 2020)

Rashell Sanchez, PEIMS Clerk (Ext. 2004)

Eva Perez, School Nurse (Ext. 2025)

Cotulla High School Office Staff in the Library

Leticia Carrizalez, Attendance Clerk (Ext. 2003

Cotulla High School Dual-Credit Staff at the Learning Center

Stephanie Canales, Dual-Credit Coordinator (ext. 7020)

Melissa Gonzalez, Dual-Credit Facilitator (ext. 7010)

Cotulla High School Fax Numbers:

Fax: 830-879-2618 (Counseling Center/PEIMS)

Fax: 830-879-4343 (Administrators/Secretary)



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STAAR December 9-13, 2019 Retest Schedule

Good luck to all of the STAAR Retesters!

Remember to do your best.  You must pass your STAAR EOC exams in order to graduate.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

  • English I EOC

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

  • Biology EOC
  • US History EOC

Thursday, December 12, 2019

  • English II EOC

Friday, December 13, 2019

  • Algebra I EOC
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Students are classified and promoted each year based on the number of credits. 

Freshmen 0 - 6.5 credits

Sophomores 7 - 13.5 credits

Juniors 14 - 20.5 credits

Seniors 21+ credits


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