History and Community

Our place in Alamo City history

While San Antonio public schools were established by the City Council in 1854, it wasn't until May 2, 1899 that the school system became an independent district with the formation of its own Board of Trustees. The District received its first charter from the state of Texas in 1903.

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The SAISD Central Office was originally Lamar School, which opened in 1878 at 141 Lavaca.

Who we are today

SAISD ranks third in student population among the 15 Bexar County-area school districts and is the 13th largest of Texas 1,057 school districts. The District encompasses 79 square miles with a total population of 306,943 (2010 U.S. Census). Most of SAISD is within San Antonio, but also serves parts of the cities of Olmos Park and Balcones Heights and a small unincorporated area of east Bexar County.

Our place in the Alamo City community

Our residents live in the hub of what American humorist Will Rogers rightly called one of America's four unique cities. SAISD is a family-oriented, urban community of thriving neighborhoods and well-established businesses, including the downtown central district, historic sites, active worship centers, world-renowned museums, excellent restaurants and recreational facilities. Supreme among our city’s featured attractions are first-class institutes of education, ours and those that many from SAISD go on to attend.

Higher Education – We share the inner-city with most of Bexar County’s colleges and universities, some of which are internationally-recognized. They are: Our Lady of the Lake University; St. Mary's University; Trinity University; University of the Incarnate Word; University of Mexico in San Antonio (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico); the University of Texas at San Antonio’s downtown campus; and the Alamo Colleges.

Cultural Diversity - Living in a school district as diverse and historically rich as the city whose name it shares, SAISD residents enjoy easy access to a variety of activities. Those pursuing cultural outings will find major museums, art galleries, ballets and libraries. Enjoy a performance by the San Antonio Symphony or catch a Broadway show, opera or concert in the splendor of one of downtown’s impeccably-restored historic theaters. Downtown also offers a shopper’s paradise, with venues ranging from the ultra-modern Rivercenter Mall to San Antonio landmarks such as El Mercado, the historic La Villita and the River Walk. Sports fans can cheer for the four-time world NBA champs, the San Antonio Spurs, at the AT&T Center. And don't forget the Alamo!  — all within SAISD.

That Home Town Feel - One of San Antonio's most outstanding assets is the preservation of its historic sites and neighborhoods, most of which are found within SAISD. All have strong, active neighborhood associations, with styles of houses sure to please any taste. Or check out the growing community of trendy urban chic lofts giving new life and identity to former factories and warehouses.

Fiesta City USA - Each April downtown hosts Fiesta's signature festivities and parades, while June means the multicultural Texas Folklife Festival at the Institute of Texan Cultures. Festivals, in fact, are a way of life in San Antonio, whether the observance focuses on our rich heritage, our love of the arts or simply our love of life.

Come to SAISD and enjoy the best of San Antonio!


Mission Statement

To transform SAISD into a national model urban school district where every child graduates and is educated so that he or she is prepared to be a contributing member of the community.