Trio of schools receive $1.5 million to ‘chart’ new courses

Trio of schools receive $1.5 million to ‘chart’ new courses

SAN ANTONIO, May 9, 2011 – Thanks to Public Charter School Start-Up Grants from the Texas Education Agency, three SAISD campuses will have the resources needed help make their new ventures a success.

Travis Early College High School, Rhodes Middle School, and Highland Park Elementary each are receiving $500,000 for their in-district charters that will debut this fall.

The funding will go toward “start-up” needs such as professional development, technology, instructional supplies and materials, and furniture.

As in-district charters, they join a dozen SAISD campuses that have chosen this educational path providing increased flexibility to develop programs designed to meet their students’ unique learning needs. In addition to a well-rounded curriculum, in-district charters feature a particular area of emphasis, and enrollment is open to students throughout Bexar County.

Since SAISD knows that education is not a one-size-fits all, these are among the many options the District provides students and parents.

About the new in-district charters

Travis Early College High School. In-district charter status will provide increased
resources for students wanting to earn dual high school and no-cost college credit. Students enter as freshmen, and can earn an associate’s degree and/or up to 60 hours, or two years of college credit, toward a bachelor’s degree upon high school graduation. Since opening in partnership with San Antonio College for the 2008-09 school year, Travis has offered an academically-advanced environment designed to immerse students in a culture of higher education.

Rhodes Middle School. As an in-district charter, Rhodes will be able to expand its established Technology Magnet Program so that technology will be infused throughout the curriculum.

Highland Park Elementary. Staff will be better able to expand the school’s focus on critical thinking methodology through coordinating monthly, schoolwide, themes. For example, lessons about water would not be restricted to science class but studied in math, reading and social studies as well, so that learning is reinforced and connected across all subjects.