Texas ChalleNGe Academy

The Texas ChalleNGe Academy is a 17 1/2 month tuition free program sponsored by the Texas National Guard for youth age 16-18 who are disengaged from school. The first 22 weeks of the residential military academy offers academic instruction, but more importantly, it provides structure and discipline to help our cadets develop accountability and become successful adults. Cadets must successfully master the eight core components (academic excellence, good citizenship, leadership, job skills, life coping skills, service to community, health & hygiene, and physical fitness) of the program in order to graduate to the post residential phase. Following graduation from the residential phase, the graduate meets with a trained mentor weekly for 12 months to ensure they continue with the post residential action plan they developed for themselves at the academy.

Texas STARBASE Austin


At STARBASE Austin we believe that our nation’s technological advantage depends on a ready supply of diverse, highly trained, highly capable technical talent.

STARBASE offers two academic programs to ignite underrepresented students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM): our school day program connects elementary students with the National Guard to offer an inspiring five-day, 25-hour, hands-on curriculum that emphasizes the rigorous application of STEM with a focus on 21st century skills.

Our after-school program focuses on exposing middle school students to robotics, engineering, and computer science while making connections with mentors and STEM professionals to explore future careers.