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Tests required for Higher Education


Texas Success Initiative Assessment

Cotulla High School is now a certified TSIA test center!  

Test date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019        Test time: 8:00 am

Location: Learning Center Computer Lab

Register with Mrs. Maldonado, CHS Counselor.

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 ACT with Writing will be held at Cotulla High School on Saturday, April 13th at 7:45 am in the CHS Cafetorium. 

The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 6, 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 on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.   

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, June 1st 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 June 1st SAT with Essay at Cotulla High School by May 3, 2019.  

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



The ASVAB will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019 for all CHS Juniors. 

The ASVAB Interpretation will be held on Friday. February 23, 2019.  

Information about the ASVAB can be found at:



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

Dr. Oscar Garcia, Counselor, is the Dual-Credit Facilitator.  

Students can take the following courses.


March 2019

The Texas Department of Transportation TxDOT Conditional Grant Program Scholarship is due March 1, 2019.  It is for students pursuing a degree in civil engineering or department-approved operational business discipline.  Visit


American Chemical Society Scholarship Program Scholarship is due March 1, 2019 for Seniors who plan to pursue an undergraduate degree in the chemical sciences, including 2-year chemical technology programs.  Visit for the application. 


Catholic Life Insurance All American Scholar Award Program is due March 1, 2019.


Irene S. Wisher Foundation Scholarship is due March 1, 2019.  The scholarship applicatio9ns can be found at  


Texas Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society (TAAIS) Memorial Foundation Scholarship is due March 1, 2019.  Visit


Texas Farm Bureau District Scholarship, TFB Young Farmer and Rancher High School Scholarship, and the TFB Mitchell Memorial Scholarship for High School Seniors are all due March 1, 2019.  Visit to login with your Texas Farm Bureau membership number.


Medina Electric Scholarship for Seniors who are pursuing higher education is due March 1, 2019.  The applicant’s parents must be Medina Electric members.  Visit


Valley Telephone Cooperative Scholarship Program for children of Valley Telephone Cooperative members is due March 16, 2019.  Applications are in the Counselor’s Office. 


Texas Construction Career Initiative, Inc. Scholarship for Seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in the construction industry is due March 18, 2019.  Applications are in the Counselor’s Office.


Ben and Ida Alexander Memorial Scholarship is due March 22, 2019.   Student must be a graduating high school senior of Cotulla ISD and/or resident of La Salle County.  Visit 


The Coastal Bend College Foundation Scholarship is available for Seniors who will be attending Coastal Bend College in the Fall 2019.  Visit


Texas Telephone Association Foundation Scholarship is due to the Counselor by March 29, 2019.  Each High School Counselor may submit two applications.  The application is available at


The FIDM National Scholarship Competition Poster is awarded to students interested in the global industries of Fashion, Visual Arts, Graphics, Interior Design, Social Media and Entertainment.  The deadline is March 29, 2019. 


The STARS (South Texas Academic Rising Scholars) Scholarship is due March 29, 2019.  Visit 


The Alamo Colleges Foundation Scholarship is for Seniors who will be attending Palo Alto College, San Antonio College, Northwest Vista College, St. Philip’s College or Northeast Lake College in the Fall 2019.  The priority deadline is March 31, 2019.  Visit

May 2019

The Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship is due May 15, 2019.  Visit

The Texas Interscholastic League Foundation Scholarship for state Qualifiers in UIL Academic Contests is due May 10, 2019.  Online applications can be found at  



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

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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


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Cotulla High School Office Team

Dr. Scott Norris, Principal (Ext. 2001)

Frank Guerra, Assistant Principal (Ext. 2002)

Bobbie Jo Gonzalez, Principal Secretary (Ext. 2010)

Marlene Costley-Maldonado, Counselor (Ext. 2020)

Leticia Carrizalez, Attendance Clerk (Ext. 2003)

Rashell Sanchez, PEIMS Clerk (Ext. 2004)

 Nurse (Ext. 2025)

Phone: 830-879-2374

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

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



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Student Classification

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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