CAST Tech Announces Application Period
CAST Tech Announces Application Period and Principal Selection
School will begin taking applications Jan. 3 for inaugural class of 150 students
Dec. 15, 2016 – CAST Tech, San Antonio’s first high-tech high school, will begin accepting applications Jan. 3 for students entering the 9th grade. An in-district charter of the San Antonio Independent School District, CAST Tech is open to students across Bexar County. The first class of 150 students will begin classes Aug. 2017, with additional grades opening each year.
CAST Tech is a career-themed high school focused on coding, cyber security, gaming, entrepreneurship and more. Located on the grounds of the Fox Tech campus, with close proximity to the city’s downtown Tech District, the school will work hand-in-hand with industry partners to prepare students for careers in technology and business, where talent is in high demand.
College coursework is embedded in the program, and students can graduate with 30 hours of college credit, industry certifications and portfolios that feature long-term projects and other examples of their work. CAST Tech students will have the opportunity to learn from industry professionals and gain real-world experience through company-generated projects, job shadowing, mentorships, internships and job opportunities upon graduation.
The unique school is the first in a network of industry-led, career-themed high schools known collectively as CAST (Centers for Applied Science and Technology), which H-E-B plans to establish across San Antonio in partnership with other industry partners and local school districts. CAST Tech was made possible by a lead gift from Charles Butt of $2.6 million and an additional $1 million from H-E-B.
As campus renovations are underway, the school’s leadership team is also being assembled.
“We are thrilled to announce that after a thoughtful selection process, Dr. Kelly Flieger was chosen to lead CAST Tech as the
school’s principal,” said Pedro Martinez, Superintendent of SAISD. “Kelly brings over 20 years of educational leadership experience focused on building hands-on learning environments that stimulate creativity. We are confident that CAST Tech and its students will thrive under her leadership.”
Flieger has been working with SAISD and alongside industry partners including lead partner H-E-B and Tech Bloc in preparation for the school’s fall 2017 launch.
“I am honored to have been selected as CAST Tech’s principal,” said Flieger. “This is an exciting time for our community and for the district as we embark upon changing the face of education for students in San Antonio. Students at CAST Tech will have the chance to experience a true 21st century education. Once our students graduate, they be adequately prepared to compete in a technology dominated economy.”
The more than 20-year veteran in leadership and education most recently served Alamo Colleges as a field supervisor for the Educator Preparation Program. Her résumé includes creating North East ISD's DATA, the Design and Technology Academy magnet, at Roosevelt HS in 1998, which was one of the factors she said drew her to SAISD's new technology high school.
Flieger earned her doctorate in educational administration and master's in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University. She also holds a bachelor's in political science and English from Stephen F. Austin University.
CAST Tech will strive to admit a diverse class of students from various academic backgrounds, income and geography. There will be no academic requirements for entry and students will be chosen by lottery. Students interested in receiving a hands-on learning experience with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and technology focused curriculum are encouraged to apply.
Applications are available online at: CASTschools.com. The application period runs from Jan. 3 – March 10. Parents and students may also attend an open house to learn more about the innovative new school.
Open House dates:
- Thursday, Feb. 2
- Wednesday, Feb. 22
- Monday, Feb. 27
All sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Fox Tech campus, located at 637 N. Main Avenue.