Guide to San Antonio Area Schools

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This guide is brought to you by Alamo City Moms Blog and BASIS TEXAS, as well as the many school sponsors listed. Thank you to our sponsors who made this guide possible! We hope it is a helpful resource as you make schooling decisions for your children. 

The #1 question readers ask us and the most frequent post in our community group is: Which schools do you recommend? 

From early childhood programs and preschool, to charter schools and private schools, every parent wants to make the best educational choice for his/her child. San Antonio is chock full of great public schools, private options ,and charter schools—and we’re excited to bring you this guide. We hope you find this resource helpful and ultimately find a great educational fit for your child(ren). 

This guide is broken up into Early Childhood Education (child care and preschool/early elementary environments); Public Charter Schools (pre-K to 12th grade); and Private Schools (early childhood through high school). Click on the images below to go directly to that section. 

Thank you to our Title Partner BASIS TEXAS for their generous support bringing this guide to fruition, and to San Antonio Charter Moms, whose school research and information are invaluable to the San Antonio community. Interested in seeing your school listed in this guide? Please email [email protected] for more information. 

BASIS Charter Schools in Texas | BTX Schools, Inc.

BASIS charter schools have been consistently ranked among the best schools in the United States, providing a tuition-free education to all students and preparing them to achieve at globally competitive levels. San Antonio currently has three campuses: BASIS San Antonio Primary—Medical Center Campus (K–5), BASIS San Antonio Primary—North Central Campus (K–5), and BASIS San Antonio—Shavano Campus (6–12). 
 
The secret to our success lies with our teaching model and curriculum. Classrooms in grades 1–4 operate using a revolutionary co-teaching model consisting of Subject Expert Teachers with four-year degrees in their fields, from physics to history, and Learning Expert Teachers with four-year degrees in learning and pedagogy.
 
We strongly believe that our teachers’ high-level subject matter expertise, coupled with a deep-rooted passion for sharing their knowledge with their students, is what makes our teachers the best in the business. Through engaging and effective lesson plans, our Subject Expert Teachers and Learning Expert Teachers jointly employ a curriculum that spirals content downward from AP classes to Kindergarten. This means that important topics are revisited in subsequent years, and both students and teachers know exactly where they are headed. The result?
 
A 100% student acceptance rate to four-year universities, an 85% AP exam pass rate compared to the national average of 57.5%, and top-ten rankings year over year in U.S. News & World Report.
 
Attend an Open House on November 15, to learn more about our unique academic model at any of our three San Antonio campuses.
Visit the website to RSVP!

Enrollment Dates: We are still accepting applications for the 2017–2018 school year. Applications submitted are processed according to the date and time of submission. For our enrollment policies visit https://apply.btxschools.org/apply/.

For 2018–2019: Open Enrollment begins November 15 and ends December 16, 2017.

Ages: Kindergarten to 12th Grade

Campuses + Facebook Pages:

San Antonio Primary—Medical Center Campus: 8519 Floyd Curl Dr., 78240

San Antonio Primary—North Central Campus: 318 E. Ramsey Rd., 78216

San Antonio—Shavano Campus: (temporary) 2220 NW Military Hwy., 78213

Cardinal Montessori Academy

At Cardinal Montessori Academy, we combine an authentic Montessori education with a variety of enrichment activities to offer children a premier learning experience, while providing parents with peace of mind that their children are in a safe, nurturing, and quality academic environment. We offer Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Summer programs.

Visit our website to discover more!

Enrollment Dates: Year-round, rolling enrollments

Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years

Address: 6506 W. Hausman Rd., San Antonio, TX 78249

Discovery World Learning Center

Discovery World Learning Center offers an innovative, educational curriculum, encouraging each child to discover and explore new horizons. We always provide a safe, clean, and nurturing environment for your children.

Enrollment Dates: Continuous enrollment opportunities

Ages: 6 weeks–12 years

Addresses: 

406 W. Cesar E. Chavez, San Antonio, TX 78204 
5455 Prue Rd., San Antonio, TX 78240 
6020 Fountainwood, San Antonio, TX 78233 

Suburban School

Suburban School provides an enriched curriculum in a unique, natural learning environment located on six wooded acres for ages 18 months through Kindergarten. Our program is designed to be age level-appropriate, blending traditional and progressive styles of learning. We believe that a happy and successful childhood with clear expectations leads to a positive self-image. We are conveniently located near USAA and the UTSA Medical Center.

Enrollment Dates: Currently enrolling

Ages: 18 months–Kindergarten

Address: 5409 Encino Park Rd., San Antonio, TX 78240

Colonial Hills United Methodist School

Founded in 1970, Colonial Hills United Methodist School provides a warm, secure, and loving Christian environment for toddlers, preschoolers and Kindergartners. Our curriculum and developmentally appropriate environment helps children grow socially, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and intellectually. Our enrichment classes, including Spanish, music, computer lab, motor skills, and science, and our outdoor garden are a unique part of our curriculum.

Enrollment Dates: Begins February 5, 2018

Ages: 18 months–Kindergarten

Address: 5247 Vance Jackson, San Antonio, TX 78230

University UMC Day School

University UMC Day School’s nationally accredited program is carefully planned to meet the developmental needs and learning styles of each child by using hands-on learning experiences and an integrated curriculum. We provide a loving, Christian environment that offers developmentally appropriate materials and experiences that enable each child to grow intellectually, socially, physically, and spiritually. Curriculum focus includes language and literacy, math and science, and social studies. Specialized programming is also offered to include motor skills, music, technology, art and Spanish.

Enrollment Dates: February 23, 2018 (for 2018–19 school year)

Ages: 12 months–Kindergarten

Address: 5084 De Zavala Rd., San Antonio, TX 78249

Marvelously Made - the School for Young Children

Located on the northwest edge of San Antonio in the quaint city of Helotes, Marvelously Made – the School for Young Children is a unique and progressive learning community in which young children are embraced as they are inspired to try new things, explore possibilities, and gain knowledge through an experience-based education in a Christian setting. Offering outdoor classrooms, creative experiences, science and nature studies, strong oral/language development, mathematical learning, and a focus on the value and importance of social and emotional competencies as the foundation of early learning, Marvelously Made celebrates the culture of childhood and honors the natural development and desire to learn of all children. 

At Marvelously Made, our mission is to embrace every child as created by God, to honor children and the culture of childhood, to support authentic learning through an experience-based Christian education, to educate others about child development and appropriate early educational practices, and to advocate for every child’s right to a childhood that truly values his/her developmental needs.

If you are looking for an authentic, unique, and exciting learning environment for your three-year-old–first grade child, Marvelously Made is for you!  Visit our website to learn more about the Marvelously Made approach and to schedule a tour. 

Enrollment Dates: Tours for the 2018–2019 school year will be held on January 18 at 7:00 P.M. and January 27 at 10:30 A.M. Enrollment of new students for the 2018–2019 school year will open on February 1, 2018.  

Ages: 3 years old–first grade

Address: 14837 Old Bandera Rd., Helotes, TX 78023

Little Sunshine's Playhouse San Antonio - Dominion and Stone Oak

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse is a Reggio Emilia preschool where learning is a magical adventure! We are an all-inclusive, private program that provides a home-like, nurturing environment where your child can feel comfortable to grow at his or her own pace.

Enrollment Dates: Open Enrollment Happening Now! 

Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years

Address: Dominion: 21822 Stonewall Pkwy,  San Antonio, TX 78256 | Stone Oak: 20515 Stone Oak Pkwy , San Antonio, TX 78258

Giant Steps Early Learning School

Our Mission at Giant Steps Early Learning School is to provide an accelerated educational program for children ages two through five years which allows every child to become independent, self-confident and inquisitive learners. Giant Steps Early Learning School takes pride in providing quality early childhood education through our certified and experienced teaching staff and creating a “home feeling” atmosphere to guide children socially and academically. Offering challenging activities and exciting opportunities designed to meet the developmental needs of young children.

We believe in the importance of daily feedback to parents and the importance of family involvement in their child’s education to achieve school readiness, both socially and academically. We encourage parent participation through daily activities, home projects, and special events for the family.

Enrollment Dates: ENROLLING NOW for 2017-18 Open House/ Fall Registration 2018-19 Wed., Jan. 17 (9-11 am)

Ages: 2-5 years

Address: 7900 Old Tezel San Antonio, TX 78250

St. Thomas Episcopal School

St. Thomas is a faith-based, accredited school serving children from 2 years of age through fifth grade. We offer a warm caring environment and have degreed teachers who make a difference for children. Our elementary students use updated, digital curriculum with Chromebooks and iPads.

Enrollment Dates: Rolling Admission

Ages: 2 Years old through 5th grade

Address: 1416 North Loop 1604 East San Antonio, Texas 78260

Also serving young learners and listed in the Private School and Charter sections are:

The Montessori School of San Antonio, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran School, St. Matthew Catholic School, Keystone School, St. Luke’s Episcopal School, Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs, and Jubilee Academies

Brooks Academies

Brooks Academies is a tuition-free charter school with four different locations to serve the children of San Antonio. With campuses such as our Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering campus, our T-STEM accredited school, and our Brooks Collegiate Academy, which is the first ever SLAM! (Sports Leadership and Management) charter in Texas, we provide excellent education to prepare our students for colleges and careers in the 21st century.

Enrollment Dates: Open enrollment

Ages: PreK-3 to 12th Grade

Address: 3803 Lyster Rd., San Antonio, TX 78235

Jubilee Academies

Jubilee Academies nurtures the next generation of leaders in tuition-free, student-focused classroom settings. Jubilee addresses the educational needs of students through the development of a strong academic program consisting of basic skills in reading, writing, and math with the opportunity for challenge beyond the basics. Our goal is to have every Jubilee graduate finish with college credit and acceptance to an institution of higher education. For more information, visit our website or call (210) 333-6227.

Enrollment Dates: Open enrollment year-round

Ages: pre-K–12th grade

Addresses: 

Jubilee Lake View University Prep: 325 Castroville Rd., San Antonio, TX 78207
Athlos Leadership Academy – San Antonio: 4427 Chandler, San Antonio, TX 78222
Highland Park Gifted & Talented Academy: 901 E. Drexel, San Antonio, TX 78210
Athlos Leadership Academy, Premier: 1515 Goliad Rd., San Antonio, TX 78223

Great Hearts

Great Hearts is a nonprofit network of tuition-free public charter schools serving grades K–12. We provide a robust liberal arts curriculum incorporating advanced math and science, a focus on the arts and foreign language, and a range of extra-curricular activities and athletics. Learn more at www.greatheartstx.org.

Enrollment Dates: November 13, 2017–December 11, 2017

Ages: Kindergarten–12th grade

Addresses: 

Great Hearts Northern Oaks: 17223 Jones Maltsberger, San Antonio, TX 78247
Great Hearts Monte Vista North: 319 E. Mulberry Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212
Great Hearts Monte Vista South: 211 Belknap Place, San Antonio, TX 78212
Great Hearts Western Hills: 8702 Ingram Road, San Antonio, TX 78245

School of Science and Technology

SST is a high-performing, college prep, open enrollment state public charter school approved, and accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Known for its successful integration of science and math programs into a well-rounded curriculum and diverse student body, SST is a school of choice for any (K – 12) student residing in the San Antonio Metropolitan area. SST prepares each student for higher education through delivering a student-centered rigorous educational program with a strong emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM Education) in a small, safe, caring, and collaborative learning environment.

Enrollment Dates: November 1st, 2017

Ages: Kindergarten–12th grade

Addresses: 1450 NE Loop 410, San Antonio TX, 78209

St. Thomas More Catholic School

St. Thomas More Catholic School offers an excellent education for children three years old through 8th grade. We are located on the northeast side of San Antonio off of I-35 and Eisenhauer Road, just minutes from Ft. Sam Houston, Rackspace, and the 410/I-35 interchange. STM provides a rigorous curriculum that is tailored to all learning styles. Our Christian environment makes for optimum learning potential. Come take a tour and see what makes St. Thomas More the special place that it is.

Enrollment Dates: Ongoing

Ages: Three years old–8th grade

Address: 4427 Moana Dr., San Antonio, TX 78218

The Montessori School of San Antonio

The Montessori School of San Antonio guides children (pre-K through 8th grade) to be passionate learners, independent thinkers, and engaged citizens.

Our Montessori curriculum provides limitless academic challenges; focuses on mastery; motivates children to learn through action, exploration, and discovery; promotes self-correction and independent problem solving; guides and supports each child’s individual progress; and deepens a child’s engagement in the process of learning.

Our school culture values children for their own unique gifts and strengths; teaches and models grace, courtesy, and respect; cultivates meaningful and lasting relationships among teachers, parents, and students; honors diversity across ages, genders, religions, and cultural backgrounds; fosters collaboration and mentorship; and encourages purposeful engagement in our school community.

Through these guiding principles, children develop critical skills for academic, professional, and personal success.
MSSA: Education for a lifetime.

Enrollment Dates: Rolling admission (priority enrollment by February 1st, 2018)

Ages: pre-K3–8th grade

Address: 17722 Rogers Ranch Pkwy., San Antonio, TX 78258

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran School

Shepherd of the Hills is a Christ-centered, loving, learning environment dedicated to serving infants through Grade 8, since 1979. We are proud to be a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, providing a solid, faith based, fully accredited educational program and state licensed childcare. We believe that quality education and Christianity go hand in hand and have an outstanding staff committed to education. Our extra-curricular program provides opportunities in music, fine arts, robotics and a full athletic program.

Enrollment Dates: Ongoing Admissions. 2018 Open Enrollment Begins January 23, 2018

Ages: Infants–8th grade

Address: 6914 Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, TX 78240

St. Matthew Catholic School

Since opening its doors in 1993, St. Matthew Catholic School has been dedicated to the mission of educating a strong, faith-centered community through a commitment to the spiritual, moral, intellectual, social and physical development of each child. At St. Matthew, we believe that it is our responsibility to use the best tools and resources available to us in order to provide our students with an education that lays the groundwork for a lifetime of success and achievement. We strive to balance 21st century technology with the benefits of a traditional Catholic education. Our students demonstrate their love for Christ and others by treating each other with kindness and respect, doing their best every day, and sharing God’s love through service in the greater San Antonio community.

Enrollment Dates: Enrollment opens for next year in January 2018

Ages: pre-K4–8th grade

Address: 10703 Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, TX 78230

Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs

Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs (BFSMS) is a fully accredited, non-denominational Christian school educating students in grades pre-K3 through high school. For all grade levels, we offer a low student-to-teacher ratio, accelerated curriculum, and project-based learning, all of which we ground in Christian teachings. Our goal is to teach not only content and skills, but also the learning process involving creative, critical, and analytical thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving. We do not teach to a test; we teach students how to think and problem solve as well as engage with their creativity.

Enrollment Dates: Open enrollment is January 29th, 2018, but we accept applications throughout the year.

Ages: pre-K3–high school

Address: 975 Mission Springs, San Antonio, TX 78258

Keystone School

Keystone’s diverse community of engaged learners in grades pre-K3–12 enjoys small classes, master teachers, and interdisciplinary instruction at our warm and historic campuses. Keystone’s scholars prepare for adulthood in a safe and inclusive environment, and consistently lead the nation in measures of academic success.

Enrollment Dates: Ongoing enrollment; admissions event: Sunday, October 29 from 3:00–5:00 P.M. (for grades pre-K3–12)

Ages: pre-K3–12th grade

Address: 119 E. Craig Place, San Antonio, TX 78212

St. Luke's Episcopal School

St. Luke’s Episcopal School is an independent, fully accredited, coeducational school that serves students from pre-K3–8th grade. Founded in 1947, St. Luke’s offers a faith-based environment that emphasizes both scholastic excellence and emotional growth. Our school combines rigorous academics and intentional character-building with competitive athletics, visual and performing arts, foreign language, and service and outreach programs to create a truly inspired education addressing the whole child. Call (210) 826-0664, ext. 239, to schedule your campus visit.

Enrollment Dates: Ongoing admissions; admission preview: October 25, 2017 at 8:45 A.M.

Ages: pre-K3–8th grade

Address: 15 St Luke’s Ln., San Antonio, TX 78209

St. Mary Magdalen School

Mission-driven for college and Heaven. Dual language (English-Spanish) learning beginning at 3 years old. FREE morning care and after school clubs offered for all ages.

Enrollment Dates: Rolling enrollment dates based on seat availability.

Ages: Pre-K3 through 8th grade

Address: 1700 Clower Street, San Antonio, TX 78201

St. Anthony Catholic High School

St. Anthony Catholic High School challenges students to participate in the total program of the school- an integration of academics, athletics, Christian services, community activities and spirituality. Our schedule allows for students to learn time management, organization, self-discipline and responsibility. St. Anthony prepares students to accept the challenge of preparing themselves for a life of Christian service through active involvement in the school program.

St. Anthony Catholic High School offers a full and comprehensive boarding program for students in grades 9-12. Countries currently represented in our boarding program are China, Taiwan, Korea, Spain, Mexico, U.A.E., Japan, Canada, and Nigeria.

Enrollment Dates: November 8, 2017 from 5pm-7pm Middle School Open House

Ages: 9th-12th Grade

Address:  3200 McCullough Avenue

Central Catholic High School

Central Catholic High School is a college preparatory school educating young men, from diverse backgrounds, in the Marianist tradition for success through the development of scholarship, leadership and moral character. The first boys’ school in San Antonio and still one of the largest all-male private secondary schools in the state of Texas, Central Catholic High School remains a prestigious landmark in San Antonio and a symbol throughout South Texas of teaching excellence.

Enrollment Dates: Open House • Monday, October 30th ; Practice HSPT Days • Saturday, November 11th and Saturday, November 18th ; Official HSPT Day • Saturday, December 9th ; Class of 2022 Application Deadline • Saturday, January 6th

Ages: 9th-12th Grade

Address:  1403 N. St. Mary’s St., San Antonio, TX 78215

St. George Episcopal School

Established in 1954, St. George Episcopal School offers a rigorous, fast-paced curriculum taught by professional, experienced teachers in a coeducational, Christian community of approximately 500 students. Our program is designed to inspire, motivate, and stretch our students while encouraging them to be themselves, to care for one another, and to be an active part of their community. Our graduates routinely excel at top high schools across the city, with 90% of graduates qualifying for honors or advanced classes.

St. George offers a diverse range of fine arts, clubs, and athletic programs. Our fine arts program has won city, state, and national awards, and our competitive athletics program routinely earns league championships.

Enrollment Dates: Open enrollment (priority enrollment by February 1st)

Ages: 4 years – 8th grade

Address:  6900 West Ave., San Antonio, TX 78213