P-TECH at Lamar High School – Business and Cybersecurity

Relevant work experience in a fast-growing field

Free college credits and industry certifications

First in line for interviews with industry partners

Prepare now for tomorrow’s in-demand jobs

Information Technology

  • Learn the basics of cybersecurity while building skills and insights into the world of digital technology
  • Understand cybersecurity terminology, roles and concepts
  • Study encryption, cryptography and a variety of tactics used by cyberattackers
  • Earn certificates of completion for Cybersecurity Specialist (Level 1), Ethical Hacking (Level II)


  • Learn the dynamics of a variety of business fields such as management, sales, marketing and accounting
  • Develop business-related skills with a focus on business administration or accounting
  • Become competitive in today’s job market by exploring how business works and the economy operates
  • Earn certificates of completion in Business Administration: Business (Level I and II)

Learn more about
P-Tech at Lamar High School!

This is your chance to learn about the P-TECH programs offered at Lamar High School! Meetings will he held on November 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom (contact principal for link), in person at Lamar High School on December 6 from 6-7 p.m. and January 1 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom (contact principal for link).

POTENTIAL Employment

Cybersecurity/Information technology

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistic, employment in the field of cybersecurity is expected to grow 33% from 2020 to 2030. Average starting salaries in this field range from $46,000 - $89,000.

Networking and Systems Support

Business Administration

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistic, employment in the field of business administration is expected to grow 17% from 2020 to 2030. Average starting salaries in this field range from $32,000 – $61,000.

Business Management
and Administration

A P-TECH program offers your child everything they need to explore their passions.

  • Earn a high school diploma, up to 60 hours of FREE college credit from Tarrant County College, and industry certifications
  • Gain relevant work experience in a fast-growing field
  • Receive academic and social supports in a strategic and individualized fashion from professional staff members
  • Participate in skills-based internships
  • Receive mentoring from industry partners
  • Develop soft skills needed for college and career success

We understand that the choice to give your child a unique education is a big one.

At P-TECH at Lamar High School, students receive all the benefits of the Arlington ISD whole-child education, plus an opportunity to nurture their passions.


AISD P-TECH staff are committed to helping your child succeed.

  • Automatic enrollment in AVID
  • Tutoring and test preparations tailored for each student
  • P-TECH peer support groups
  • Frequent check-ins from counselors and staff
  • Summer bridge programming offered
  • Application assistance provided
  • Free transportation from hub locations across the district
  • A team of experts to create a dynamic learning environment

How to launch your P-TECH education:

  • Step 1

    Identify if P-TECH is right for your child.

  • Step 2

    Apply for P-TECH at Lamar High School during the application window.

  • STEP 3

    Watch your student thrive.


What is P-TECH ?

Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) are innovative open-enrollment high schools that allow students least likely to attend college an opportunity to receive both a high school diploma and a credential and/or an associate degree. The hallmark of the P-TECH model is its career focus and work-based education with innovative partnerships with colleges, universities and industry.

Who is eligible?

For the 2024-2025 school year, incoming freshmen.

How do I apply and when is the deadline?

Students can apply online at Arlington ISD's Specialized Programs page or Lamar High School P-TECH. The application window for the 2024 - 2025 school year opens Tuesday, Oct. 24, at noon and closes on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024 at 5 p.m.
Students and parents must fill out the application completely and then the selection process will begin. Parent information sessions will be posted on the specialized programs page.

How do industry partners impact the student learning experience?

Industry partners serve as a core component of the P-TECH model. Through this partnership, students can get work-based industry experience that includes mentoring, site visits, speeches, project days and internships. At Lamar High School, the primary industry partner is Bell.

What is dual credit?

Dual credit courses allow high school students to enroll in college courses for credit while still in high school. College credits earned through dual credit can be applied toward high school and college graduation and can be transferred to other colleges or universities.

What pathways are offered?

Business and cybersecurity

Are there prerequisites?

No. Students must complete the application and participate in the Summer Bridge program.

Will students be able to participate in AP and IB courses?

The Arlington ISD will continue to provide AP/IB courses. The P-TECH schools provide another option for rigorous programming that our students and families can choose from.

How many students are accepted each year?


When will I know if I was accepted?

Invitations for specialized programs will be sent out on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, at 4:30 p.m., directly from specialized program campuses. Families receive one notification, either an invitation from a specialized program campus or an email explaining other opportunities if a student is not accepted into a specialized program.

Do you accept out-of-district students?

Yes. Residents outside of Arlington ISD boundaries will be offered admission after all Arlington ISD residents have been placed. Students can’t transfer into specialized programs.

Is there a cost to attend Lamar P-TECH?

There is no cost to attend Lamar P-TECH. P-TECH is free for all Arlington ISD students and those enrolling from outside of the district.

Will I have to pay tuition for college level classes?

No. Tuition is waived for students enrolled and textbooks will be provided to all students free of charge.

When will students start taking college-level classes?

Students will begin taking college level classes during their freshman year, then begin taking more classes as they progress through high school.

Is there transportation?

Yes, there are school buses that travel to and from each traditional high school in the district on each school day to Lamar P-TECH. Students are picked up at the traditional high school they are zoned to attend then driven to Lamar each day. They ride the bus back to the traditional high school each afternoon.
Transportation is not provided for out-of-district students.

Can my child play sports or participate in fine arts while at this school?

Yes. In addition to all of the unique P-TECH offerings, your child can also participate in traditional high school activities such as athletics, fine arts and extracurricular clubs and organizations.

Are students able to re-apply if they were not accepted as a freshman?

Students cannot reapply as they move through their sophomore, junior, and senior years. The curriculum students engage with includes high school and dual credit courses, which are rigorous and fast-paced. Accepting students outside these cohorts is difficult because the courses are in a particular sequence or path.

Are there other schools I can go to if I don’t get into this one?

Yes, a student can apply to other programs.
Arlington Collegiate High School
Arlington College and Career High School
Bowie P-TECH
Sam Houston P-TECH
Seguin P-TECH
STEM Academy at Martin High School

How do I get more information?

Contact Carolyn Longoria, P-TECH program assistant principal, at 682-867-8333/clongori@aisd.net. or Aretha Hudson, Lamar P-TECH program counselor, at 682-867-6955/ahudson@aisd.net.