Many parents are turning to alternative forms of education for their students. In recent years, the San Antonio Charter School system has exploded, giving you and your student more options than ever. In one of our previous blog posts, we not only gave you the run down of the top school districts in San Antonio for military families, but also the best school within them (make sure you check it out!) Since we know that there are so many options, Litton Realty Group did all the hard-work of scouring website after website and review after review to give you a list of the best charter schools in the San Antonio area! So sit back, relax, and take the guessing out of your children’s education.
Young Women’s Leadership Academy
| 2123 West Huisache Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78201| 210-438-6525|
Young Women’s Leadership Academy is an all-girls public charter school in San Antonio that houses 389 students from grades six to twelve With a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) driven curriculum, the Young Women’s Leadership Academy strives to provide young women with the opportunities to become the next Marie Curie or Dr. Mae C. Jemison. The academy’s goal is to develop well-rounded women, and to accomplish this, they offer seven different sports ranging from karate to cheerleading, nineteen clubs from robotics club to girl scouts to fit any student’s interests, thirteen different arts and music classes, and two world language classes. Since the school isn’t considered a private school, your daughter will still have to take the STAAR test (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness), but since 100% of YWLA students receive a “Proficient of Better” score, you won’t have to worry about their preparedness. Another thing you won’t have to worry about is your daughter being able to attend a 4 year university after education, because in 2013, 100% of this school’s graduates went on to a four year institution. Out of all the charter schools in San Antonio, it was the only school to receive a perfect ten out of ten score. Don’t take our word for it though, here’s a review from the GreatSchools.com website from a parent, “YWLA is a great school for girls who love to learn, need positive guidance, need a challenge, or need to gain confidence in their ability to succeed amongst their peers. The teachers and staff work very hard, round the clock to make sure they are available to help the students. They also dedicate a lot of their time organizing events aimed at student success.”
Travis Early College High School
| 1915 North Main Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78212| 210-733-1911|
Founded in 2008 with its inaugural class of ninth grade students, Travis Early College High School graduated its first class of seniors on 2012. Currently it services 400 students from grades nine to twelve. While enrolled, students have the opportunity to earn up to sixty college-credit hours, or an associate’s degree in an academically supportive environment through San Antonio Colleges (SAC). The real kicker? It’s all at no cost to the parent or the student. Students also have the opportunity to earn a Disguineshed Achieveemtn Program diploma. The school’s clubs are dedicated soley to student success, and range from Phi Beta Kappa (an academic honor socety) to Gamma Sigma Girls (leadership program sponsored by Girl Scouts). If your student has broader interests, a plus of the partnership with SAC is that students have access to all the same facilities and resources as other college students (i.e. all the clubs, but also the library, recreation center, and counseling services). Ninety-nine percent of Travis’ students go on to a four year university after graduation. The application process starts October 1st, and goes through December 11th, so if you think it’s a good fit for your student, get you application in soon. Still not convinced? Here’s what one parent had to say on GreatSchools.com, “Great school for kids that are hoping to jump ahead of their class. The teachers’ attitudes are positive and they will work with students and make themselves available to them, as needed. It’s a relatively new program so there are a few glitches with schedules but the counselors are working towards making it a very successful program. Thus far, my child is enjoying the dual-credit program.”
School of Science and Technology
| 12200 Crownpoint Drive, San Antonio, TX 78233| 210-657-6400|
The Alamo campus of the School of Science and Technology services 430 students grades kindergarten through eighth. If you couldn’t tell from the name, the school’s academic focus is on science, mathematics, technology, and engineering. The schools offers both women’s (basketball and volleyball) and men’s sports (basketball and soccer). If you student didn’t inherit your athletic capabilities, they also offer twelve clubs ranging from book club to lego club. Since the school’s main focus is science, it’s no surprise that in the year 2013, one of its students took home to grand prize from the Texas State Science Fair. “My kids absolutely love this school. They attend clubs and the after school program, and when I come to pick them up, EVERY DAY they beg me to stay even though it is after 5 p.m. In addition to after school clubs and care, there are field trips, tutoring, incentive days and more. My kids love the Accelerated Reader and Reasoning Minds programs. The students do not have silent lunch. My kids choose who they want to sit by at the tables for their classes, and they are allowed to talk freely until it is time to throw away trash and go to recess. Even if I wanted to send my children to another school next year, my kids would not allow it. No school, teacher, administration, parent, or student is perfect, and there will always be hiccups no matter where you go. But I rate a school based on the happiness and progress of my children.”- With reviews like that, it’s no wonder over 700 applications are turned in every year!
Basis San Antonio Medical Center
| 8519 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX| 210-760-2833|
Opened in 2013 in the heart of the Medical Technology Center, Basis takes into account the previous school back ground of every student who enter through their doors. The curriculum is split into two programs- the Lower School Program and the Upper School Program. The Lower School Program strives to build organizational and study skills necessary to help students achieve in higher learning. For example, in the fifth grade, general science, Latin, and physical geography are introduced. The following year, physics, chemistry, and biology. In the seventh grade, students have the opportunity to start studying languages such as French, Mandarin, Spanish, or continue on with Latin. This means ypur student could possibly know three languages by graduation. The Upper School program is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 high school programs in the country by U.S. News, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. Students take honors or AP courses. BASIS San Antonio Upper School students begin taking Advanced Placement courses as early as the eighth grade and will take at least eight AP courses and six AP exams by the end of their junior year. Another special aspect of Base is that they offer an Early Bird and Late Bird option to their school day. Every day, students can voluntarily arrive at school by 7 am to have a quiet place to complete homework or socialize. Late Bird is available to students in grades fifth through ninth from 2:55 p.m. to 6 p.m. There, students also have a quiet environment to complete homework or socialize with friends. Basis isn’t all work though, they offer a wide range of extracurricular activities to fit any student’s tastes. They currently have 508 students enrolled in grades fifth through twelfth. They garnered an eight of ten star rating on GreatSchools.com, and one happy parent left this review, “What impresses us most about this school is how it nurtures the youngest of scholars to reach their highest academic potential; teaching at the highest global academic standards and not limiting high aptitude learners from soaring through high level course content. Even allowing 5th and 6th grade students with high math aptitudes to take high school level Algebra 1 and earn high school credit. Also providing middle school scholars with AP College level courses. What other schools provide those high level learning opportunities? Tuition free!”
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