This is the place where we discover the best in ourselves.
Because we want students to discover the best in themselves and we understand that education is not a "one size fits all" package, San Antonio ISD offers more opportunities than any other Bexar County-area school district for students to pursue special interests and career goals or to fit their individual learning styles. Among these are specialized college preparatory schools, 16 magnet programs and 13 In-district charters.
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Offerings uniquely SAISD include:The city’s only all-girls public school
Exemplifying excellence since its founding in 2008 is the college-preparatory Young Women’s Leadership Academy. Students in grades 6-12 are provided a rigorous, comprehensive education with an emphasis on math, science and technology – fields typically underrepresented by women. Public service, leadership, wellness skills and partnerships also are part of a well-rounded approach to prepare YWLA students for success in higher education and life. YWLA’s highlights include being named Texas’ top middle school in 2013 by the Houston-based advocacy organization Children at Risk, and consistently earning theTexas Education Agency’s highest ratings for academic excellence.
Early college high schools
SAISD is the only Bexar County-area district now offering two schools where students can simultaneously earn up to 60 hours college credit or an associate degree and their high school diplomas. Joining the District’s Travis Early College High School will be St. Philip’s Early College High School with SAISD, slated to open in the fall of 2014. This national model of school is offered at no cost to the student or their family. Both Travis ECHS and St. Philip’s ECHS with SAISD are in partnership with the Alamo Colleges.
World-renowned liberal arts education
For students seeking a challenging academic program in which they meet the highest academic standards, develop critical thinking skills and learn to see themselves in an international context, SAISD provides the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Burbank High School. This is San Antonio’s only high school offering the world-renowned two-year IB program that includes an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and also is recognized by many universities worldwide
The language of code
An increasing number of students throughout the District are getting a head start on tomorrow’s high-tech careers. This year Highlands became Texas’ only high school and is among a select few nationally offering CodeHS, a class for all freshmen that teaches how to code computer systems through a Web-based platform. Proving that you are never too young to prepare for this fast-growth career field are Hillcrest Elementary 4th- and 5th-graders. Through their Coding Club, they also are honing their critical-thinking skills and learning teamwork.
What began as a pilot project last year that involved Fox Tech Advanced Placement biology students was so successful it was expanded to three high schools this year. For 2014-15, all high school AP biology students will have the Advanced Placement biology textbook on a Kindle Fire e-reader, replacing the traditional print version of this book. Pilot results showed increased overall grades, improved student participation and fewer lost homework assignments.
The sound of music
Students as young as elementary-level are embracing high culture as well as being provided some unprecedented opportunities to get a jump start on prospective music careers. Instruction offered at select SAISD elementaries include drums, guitar and stringed instruments. Those who prefer to appreciate music as spectators can do so through Opera Clubs. After studying the genre in their classrooms, members from about a half dozen clubs Districtwide have opportunities to experience actual New York Metropolitan Opera performances through live HD broadcasts at the Huebner Oaks Theater.
Learning beyond the classroom
District and campus-level partnerships provide our students with an array of hands-on learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom setting. These include real-world learning laboratories for social studies lessons through programs with the San Antonio Museum of Art, Witte Museum and Briscoe Western Art Museum.