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Middle and High School Magnet Descriptions

The magnet schools at SAISD operate as cohorts of students pursuing an area of specialization within designated magnet electives. All magnet students will be assigned to a “school within a school.” These magnet students will be evenly distributed throughout the school in the core subject areas. Cohorts of magnet students will be scheduled into the designated magnet electives according to the four year plan for each magnet school.

Multilingual Magnets at Davis and Tafolla Middle Schools
The SAISD Multilingual Magnet is designed to provide an opportunity for students to achieve proficiency in another language. The languages offered in the multilingual program are Spanish, French, German, Russian and Japanese. Students are scheduled for foreign language study as well as the culture of the target language group.
Multilingual students prepare and participate in language contests and programs as individuals and groups. The foreign language teacher works to feature his/her students in contests offered at the universities and other organizations.
Davis Middle School, 4702 E. Houston Street, 78220, 210-662-8184
Multilingual students who live on the eastern part of San Antonio ISD attend Davis Middle School.
Tafolla Middle School, 1303 W. Durango Blvd., 78207, 210-227-3383
Multilingual students who live on the western part of San Antonio ISD attend Tafolla Middle School.

American Heritage Magnet at Poe Middle School
The American Heritage School is built upon the ideals, rights and responsibilities embedded in the founding documents of this country such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers. Self-discovery and individual responsibility will be coupled with responsibility to the group and community in working toward a common goal. The American Heritage School will provide a personalized education where teachers, students and families know each other well and build long term learning relationships.
Poe Middle School, 814 Aransas Ave., 78210, 210-534 -6331

Technology Magnet at Rhodes Middle School
The Rhodes Technology Academy will provide students who have discovered an interest in technology in elementary school the opportunity to focus that interest at the middle school level and develop specific technical skills that will benefit them in high school and introduce them to a college preparatory environment. Within the framework of the magnet school, all students will take technology supported core classes. Elective courses will be selected from among a variety of technology “Exploration” courses which progress from general technology to specialized technological courses in the areas of radio, television, film, web design, computer science, audio production, and desktop publishing.
Rhodes Middle School, 3000 Tampico St., 78207, 210-433-5092

Communication Systems, Management and Technology at Sam Houston High School
Communications systems and business management come together to form the foundation for this magnet. Students use leading-edge technology including video-conferencing, satellite systems, and Internet resources to develop and sharpen their business presentations kills. Internships and mentorships ensure a broad range of field experience in professions that will dominate the next century.
Sam Houston High School, 4635 E. Houston St., 78220, 210-661-4134

Fine Arts Magnet Academy at Jefferson High School
Jefferson offers opportunities for all students to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially and academically. The arts are unique outlets for the development of insight and expression that greatly aid in the cultivation of student knowledge and experience. Participants demonstrate their talents through stage productions, musical performances, apparel design, architecture, and exhibits. Motivated students excel beyond the basics through many advanced placement courses, gifted and talented programs, and various partnerships.
Jefferson High School, 723 Donaldson Ave., 78201, 210-736-1981

Health Professions Magnet at Edison High School
Health Professions at Edison is a magnet created for students interested in pursuing careers in medicine. Through courses like anatomy, medical terminology, and health science technology, students will develop marketable skills tailored to the health care industry. The school features partnerships with many local teaching hospitals giving the students close-up, first-hand experience. During their junior and senior years students' Health Science Technology classes go to community teaching hospitals three times weekly to give them opportunities to utilize their health care skills through job-shadowing and clinical practice. Additional partnerships with universities and community programs offer students increased opportunities to be accepted into professional schools. Upon successful completion of the courses students, may take state certification examinations in several medical careers giving them the opportunity to obtain above entry level employment. Dual credit with local colleges is also available.
Edison High School, 701 Santa Monica, 78212, 210-733-9147

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) at Luther Burbank High School
Burbank joins an elite group of campuses worldwide in offering this rigorous honors program. Administered from headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the pre-university curriculum incorporates world-class standards. Coursework emphasizes critical thinking and research skills. Universities in more than 70 countries recognize the I.B. diploma as the highest measure of academic achievement.
Luther Burbank High School, 1002 Edwards, 78204, 210-532-4241

International Banking and Business Magnet at Lanier High School
Sidney Lanier’s Magnet is designed to capitalize on the trend toward a global market economy with this innovative, four-year school. Specialized coursework in entrepreneurship, international banking, and international marketing is enriched through job shadowing, mentorships and internships in students’ career interests. An on-site Financial Service Center doubles as a classroom to provide supported experiences from the business and financial world. Academic competitions and presentations at a variety of conferences develop students’ leadership skills. Following the four-year course sequence, students will earn a Distinguished Achievement Program Diploma. Upon graduation from the program, students receive a savings bond based on interest earned from the Endowment Fund.
Lanier High School, 1514 W. Durango Blvd., 78207, 210-223-2926

Law and Research at Fox Tech High School
The Law and Research Magnet provides a rigorous and enriching curriculum which focuses on developing higher-order thinking skills, adeptness at research, college-level speaking and writing skills, and a facility to attack many different venues of study. The magnet offers an aligned curriculum that culminates in opportunities to obtain Advanced Placement and Dual Credit college hours in English, mathematics, science, and social studies. In addition, the magnet offers unique and challenging law-specific courses developed with our collaborating institution, Saint Mary's University School of Law. These include: Legal Communications, Foundations of the American Legal System, Civil Law, Criminal Law, and The Legal Internship. The Internship will provide magnet students the opportunity to work in the legal community with a practicing judge or attorney. In addition to the excellent academic preparation provided in this magnet, students are provided many additional law-related activities such as mock trials, guest lecturers from the legal field, field trips to Saint Mary's University Law School and legal courts, and mentorships with attorneys. Students will exit the program as confident, self-motivated, and well-prepared young adults ready to tackle the challenges of the most rigorous higher education opportunities available.
Fox Tech High School, 637 N. Main Ave., 78205, 210-226-5103

Media Productions at Brackenridge High School
Students attending this magnet experience the excitement and struggle of cutting edge media production through courses in journalism, fine arts, graphic arts, radio, television, speech, and, music. The media-rich campus environment includes state-of-the-art television studies where students produce their own news, cultural and documentary programs.
Brackenridge High School, 400 Eagleland, 78210, 210-533-8144

The Center for Multilingual Studies at Brackenridge High School
The SAISD Multilingual Magnet is designed to provide an opportunity for students to achieve proficiency in another language by committing to study the language for seven years, grades six through twelve. The languages in the multilingual magnet are French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Latin is also offered for a course study offering of four years. These classes are offered as Pre-AP to AP students scheduled for foreign language study, as well as the culture of the target language group. Multilingual students prepare and participate in language competitions, National Exams, AP exams and programs as individuals and groups. The foreign language teacher works to feature his/her students in competitions offered at universities and other organizations. The students are required to take a second foreign language in high school.
Brackenridge High School, 400 Eagleland, 78210, 210-533-8144

Science, Engineering and Technology Magnet at Highlands High School
For students desiring college degrees in science, engineering or technology fields, this highly focused magnet incorporates coursework in technology systems, computer applications, and advanced science and mathematics. The campus includes state-of-the-art technology labs, giving students ready access to the latest tools of the science and technology professions. A limited number of summer internships are offered to exemplary students at the junior or senior level.
Highlands High School, 3118 Elgin Ave., 78210, 210-333-0421

 

Additional Non-Traditional Options
for SAISD students:

Navarro Academy
Navarro Academy is a school of choice, serving high school students from all areas of the San Antonio Independent School District. Navarro Academy provides a smaller, individualized environment for students who are not successful in a large high school setting. All requirements for graduation will be supported in this program. Students applying for placement in Navarro Academy will be scheduled according to individual graduation plans based on student Academic Achievement Records.
Navarro Academy, 623 S. Pecos, 78207, 210-224-5700

Night School at Navarro Academy
A comprehensive night school program is now available at Navarro Academy. Students attend classes from 3:20 p.m. to 9:40 p.m. Students will be enrolled in all required courses and work to accrue credit in an individualized, student-centered environment. All requirements for graduation will be supported in this program. Students applying for placement in Night School will be scheduled according to individual graduation plans based on student Academic Achievement Records.
Navarro Academy, 623 S. Pecos, 78207, 210-224-5700

Phoenix Program at Navarro Academy
The SAISD Industrial Technology Magnet, Phoenix Program, will provide students with interests in DUAL CREDIT to attend St. Philip’s College-Southwest Campus while still in high school. Students can use the credit earned to move on to post secondary options at a 2 or 4 year college or university program. Phoenix Program is designed to give students the academic and technical skills needed for the 21st century. While in the program, students create and build real-world, hands-on projects; explore several career opportunities, participate in on-the-job training and earn college credit for FREE. Tuition for college classes, required books, and tools are provided FREE of charge while students attend the Phoenix Program. Navarro Academy, the only SAISD high school of choice, includes the Phoenix Program, which provides students with knowledge to be technicians, and entrepreneurs in a real-world environment that stimulates work site problem-solving and creative thinking. The Phoenix Program is a joint education venture of the SAISD and the Alamo Community College District, located on the Southwest Campus of St. Philip’s College. The Phoenix Program provides students with the Recommended or Distinguished graduation program and college credits, at the same time. Students applying must have completed all sophomore requirements. Industrial Technology Programs include AC/Heating, aerospace engineer, auto collision repair, carpentry, commercial transportation, computer-aided drafting, construction trades, culinary arts, electrical, heavy equipment operator, home building, hospitality programs, hotel/restaurant management, information technology systems, machinist, manufacturing, mechanics, metal trades, plumbing, robotics, travel/tourism, and welding.
Navarro Academy, 623 S. Pecos, 78207, 210-224-5700
St. Philip’s College Southwest Campus, 800 Quintana Road, 78211, 210-932-5732

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