Moving is a stressful time for any family. You’re not only worried about finding a new home in a foreign city, but you’re knee deep in boxes sorting through your life, having to switch utilities, find trustworthy movers, and a million other small things that make moving overwhelming. If you have children though, you have the added responsibility of not only being concerned with their happiness, but their education quality. Even if you don’t currently have children, but are planning to in the future, buying a home in a school district where your future children will have acces s to a top-notch education should still be on your radar. For many military families, this has become a fact of life, and as a military wife, Lindsey Litton of Litton Realty is here to make it better. You want need to scour the internet for looking for information on the best school districts in San Antonio, since we have done all the research for you! Check out our list of the not only the best school districts located near Lackland and Randolph Air Force Base, but the best public, private, and charter schools within them!
- Alamo Heights Independent School District
The Alamo Heights School district traces its beginnings to 1909 and a two-room wooden frame schoolhouse on Townsend Avenue. The boom of World War II transitioned the district from a rural district to suburban district. Today, the Alamo Heights Independent School District covers 9.4 square miles and serves students from the communities of Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills, Olmos Park, and a portion of north San Antonio. With 6 schools, 4,808 students, and a rating of the 10th best school district in the state of Texas, Alamo Heights is a shoe-in for the top spot. According to state standards, 88% of students in this district are considered proficient in math and/or reading. The district has an annual budget of $93,271,000, spending an average of $19,411 per student. The average graduation rate is 95%, which is 12.8% higher than the national average. The majority of graduating seniors will go on to study at UT Austin, Texas A&M, or UTSA. If you have high hopes your child will be the next Sigmund Freud, you’re in the right district. The majority of students go on to attain degrees in psychology. It’s schools are also only a short, 20 minute drive from Randolph and Lackland, which makes your children attending schools in this district all that much sweeter.
- Alamo Heights High School takes the top spot in the district with an eight out of ten rating from greatschools.com. Its current enrollment is 1, 546 students grades ninth-twelfth. If you’re concerned about your student being college ready, there’s no need to worry here! The campus has it’s own on-site college center that offers services such as: college, military and career reading materials for students to use, and additional materials are housed in the high school Mary B. Carver Library, equipped with computers for students to utilize and receive help with researching colleges/universities, the military and assistance with their applications, scholarships and financial aid, and offers college field trips and coordinates annual college fairs. With a 95% graduation rate, 1107 average SAT score, and 100% of it’s students taking the SAT (beats the state average of only 95%) you can rest easy knowing your child’s future will include higher education. The school was founded in 1908 in what is now Cambridge elementary school, and in 1922 made it’s home at their now campus. With seventeen different sports, your kids will have plenty of chances to sport the schools colors of blue and geld, and cheer on the “Caledonias”. Other extracurriculars offered are ROTC, band, cheerleading, choir, and a dance team.
- Alamo Heights Junior High School comes in second, and also has an eight out of ten from greatschools.com. This junior high houses 1,137 student grades six through eight. On average the school tests at 99% of students receiving a proficient score on the STARR exam, or State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. This score is 19% higher than the state average of 80%.
- Cambridge Elementary School currently has 805 students enrolled, with grades one through five. The school has been rated seven out of ten stars on greatschools.com, and has received a community rating of five out of five stars, proving this is a great elementary school.
- Woodridge Elementary School has received an eight out of ten rating from great schools.com. The campus currently has 859 students enrolled, who are in grades first through fifth.
- Randolph Field Independent School District
Not only is it conveniently close to work, but Randolph Field Independent School District ranks #3 on niche.com in San Antonio school districts. As long as a parent or guardian is assigned to Randolph, a student does not have to live on base to attend school in this district. With only 3 schools and only 1,193 students, Randolph is the perfect fit for you if you want the feel of a small town, but high-grade education. According to state standards, 93% of students in this district are considered proficient in math and/or reading. The district was also awarded the number one spot out of thirty-five school districts for excellence in the greater San Antonio area in 2014, and has the lowest dropout rate in the state at 0%. Biology and Nursing are popular majors for students who leave this district, and the majority of them will go on to wear maroon and gray at Texas A&M. The district has an annual budget of $12,090,000, spending an average of $10,440 per student.
- Randolph Elementary School takes the top spot in the district with a ten out of ten rating from greatschools.com, and a five out of 5 star rating from parent and student reviews. The school currently has 598 students enrolled grades pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. The school had an average of 93.25% of students receive a “proficient or better” score in all subjects in the year 2014 on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness.
- Randolph High School takes the second spot with a rating of eight out of ten stars. The campus currently has 319 students enrolled, and houses grades ninth-twelfth. 98% of students graduate from Randolph, while 97.33% receive a “proficient or better score” on the state standardized test. 48% of its students are taking Advanced Placement courses, while 83% take the SAT with an average score of 1097. As well as college preparedness goes, Randolph High is a great choice for your student!
- Randolph Middle School is third, but not least on our list with a score of nine out of ten stars from greatschools.com. This middle school currently has 260 students enrolled, serving grades sixth-eight.
- Lackland Independent School District
At number three, Lackland Independent School District comes right behind Randolph on niche.com’s top San Antonio school districts. It also mirrors the small, hometown feel. Even with only 2schools, and 1,057 students the district still has an annual budget of $12,339,000, spending an average of $11,086 per student. According to state standards, 90% of students in this district are considered proficient in math and/or reading. The majority of students who graduate from this district will stay close to home, and attend UTSA. Students who do not live on base can be accepted into the district on a transfer basis, but admission is not guaranteed.
- Lackland Elementary School takes the top spot in this very small district with right out of ten stars from greatschools.com. The campus has 677 students currently enrolled, and services students in pre-kindergarten to sixth grade.
- Virginia Allred Stacy Jr/ Sr High School received eight out of ten stars. The campus has 263 students currently enrolled, grades seventh- twelfth. The campus has a 97% graduation rate, a 0% dropout rate, and an overall average of 98.66% “proficient or better” score on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STARR). The students at this school receive a combined average of 1007 on their SAT’s.
This school district will be one of the largest on our list. Centered in San Antonio, it services 67,901 students with 78 different schools in graded pre-kindergarten through twelfth. According to state standards, 82% of students in this district are considered proficient in math and/or reading. The district has an annual budget of $667,846,000, spending an average of $9,903 per student. The average graduation rate in this district is 89%, which is 6.8% above the national average. If you’re a Longhorn fan, you’re in luck. The majority of students in this district last year went on to attend UT Austin, followed by UTSA and then Texas A&M. Twenty-three out of the seventy-eight different schools in this district received a rating of ten or nine on greatschools.com.
- Encino Parks Elementary School takes the number one spot in the district, and received a score of ten out of ten stars on greatschools.com. The school currently has 653 students’ enrolled grades pre-kindergarten through fifth, and offers after school and foreign language programs. Students at Encino tested at 98% at a “proficient or better” score on the STARR.
- Stone Oak Elementary School also received ten out of stars. The elementary has 633 students’ enrolled grades pre-kindergarten through fifth. Students at Encino tested at 93.5% at a “proficient or better” score on the STARR.
- Roan Forest Elementary School also is a ten out of ten school with 721 students’ grades pre-kindergarten through fifth. The elementary offers sports for your budding athlete also.
- Hardy Oak Elementary is the last on our list and also received ten out of ten stars. The elementary has 772 students
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