South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy, also known as 'BETA', is part of the South Texas Independent School District, in Edinburg, Texas, United States.The school was founded in 1993 as the Teacher Academy of South Texas, but was renamed South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy in 2003. The school serves as an alternative to larger high schools of local independent school districts for students interested in pursuing careers in Business, Education, and Technology. BETA has notable partnerships with University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Baylor University, Dallas Baptist University, University of Texas-Pan American, and South Texas College.The Teacher Academy's first class graduated in 1998.BETA's first class graduated in 2004.As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 836 students and 53.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 13.9.In 2006, former principal Adan Farias left BETA to be replaced by Magdalena Gutierrez. In 2014, Nora Cazares took over as Principal of BETA.HistoryThe school was founded in 1993 as the Teacher Academy, focusing on only students interested in pursuing Education as a career. It was later changed in 2003 to Business, Education, & Technology Academy; focusing on Business, Education and Technology. In 2008, after 15 years of the campus being a Jr. High/High School, the Jr. High was separated from the high school and was named South Texas Preparatory Academy. In 2012, BETA became the 2000th International Baccalaureate world school in the Americas. In 2013, BETA started sports with women's volleyball and men's basketball. As of 2014, BETA offers students the IB diploma, AP courses, concurrent enrollment, dual enrollment, internships, and Pre-Ap courses.