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Dr. Dennis D. Cantu Health Science Magnet School

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Dr. Dennis D. Cantu Health Science Magnet School
2002 San Bernardo Avenue


Coordinates27°31′08″N 99°30′19″W / 27.518898°N 99.505182°W / 27.518898; -99.505182
TypePublic high school
DirectorGeraldina Arredondo

Dr. Dennis D. Cantu Health Science Magnet School is a public high school in Laredo, Texas that is part of Laredo Independent School District. The school is named after Dr. Dennis D. Cantu, a local physician, and member of the LISD Board of Trustees. The purpose of the school is to attract students interested in pursuing careers in the health sciences and to expose them to different careers in the medical field. The school offers Pre-AP and AP (Advance Placement) courses in Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, and specialized courses including medical microbiology, pathophysiology, anatomy & physiology, clinical nutrition, mental health, medical terminology, pharmacology, and Health Science Technology.


Middle school students are required to submit an application to become part of the magnet school.[1] Selection criteria include:

  1. Good Academic Standing/Attendance in all areas
  2. Passing scores in TAKS examinations
  3. Personal statement
  4. 3 letters of recommendations

Career Preparation

At the completion of the curriculum the students are eligible to sit for examinations to become Certified Nursing Assistants, Medical Office Assistants, and Emergency Medical Technicians. Students rotate at several local hospitals including Laredo Medical Center to gain proficiency in performing basic medical skills and complement classroom learning. College credits may also be earned through after-school college courses by Laredo Community College that are conducted in the school specifically for high school students; courses may include College Algebra, US Government, and US History. Some specialty courses such as Anatomy and Physiology may satisfy pre-requisite for nursing and other health science majors at Laredo Community College.[2]


school building
school building

The school is housed in a single, free-standing within the Martin High School compound. There are approximately 9 classrooms, 2 laboratories, 1 stimulation room, a newly installed PITSCO lab, cafeteria/dining room, and administration office. The building also has solar panels which powers classroom computers.


  1. ^ "Application Form". LISD. Archived from the original on 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  2. ^ "Mission/Vision". LISD. Archived from the original on 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2012-03-15.

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