BASIS Texas charter schools are public open-enrollment, tuition-free schools serving 2,600 students in grades K–12 in three schools in the San Antonio area. BASIS offers students a well-balanced education that allows them to achieve at internationally competitive levels. Taught by Subject Expert Teachers, the BASIS Curriculum model supports an academic program based on the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) standards. It encourages self-motivation and hard work, helps students master rigorous content, and thoroughly prepares them for college. BASIS students have been recognized as the state’s top performers on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), setting the standard for academic achievement in Bexar County.
Located on the Southside of San Antonio, on what was formerly Brooks City-Base, Compass Rose Academy is an open-enrollment, public charter school founded in 2017. Compass Rose students take College Preparatory classes through middle and high school, and each student will graduate having completed at least six Advanced Placement classes in high school. Its students explore Computer Science & Entrepreneurship (CS&E) from grade 6 to 12 with courses in Design Thinking, Coding, Engineering & Robotics. The CS&E thread culminates with the students using the skills they gained to dream up, design, and launch a small business concept.
Great Hearts is a nonprofit network of K-12 public charter schools dedicated to improving education through a curriculum built on the classical liberal arts tradition. Its mission is to cultivate the minds and hearts of students through the pursuit of Truth, Goodness and Beauty, and it operates on the belief that the highest goal of education is to become good, intellectually and morally. Great Hearts students are prepared for success in college, leadership, and a life filled with purpose. In San Antonio, it currently serves more than 5,000 students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade across four academies – Great Hearts Monte Vista, Great Hearts Northern Oaks, Great Hearts Western Hills, and Great Hearts Forest Heights.
IDEA Public Schools believes that each and every child can go to college. Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States. Currently, it has twenty-four schools in the San Antonio area educating about 14,000 students, and more are opening every year. IDEA ensures college preparedness through an AP for All Program in which all IDEA students take a minimum of 11 Advanced Placement courses. In 2018, 30% of IDEA Seniors became AP scholars, taking three or more exams and passing all of them with a 3 or higher, compared to 4% nationally. For the past thirteen years 100% of IDEA graduates have applied and been accepted to college with 99.9% matriculating.
The mission of KIPP Texas is to educate students with the academic and character skills necessary to thrive in and graduate from college, positively impact their communities, and lead choice-filled lives. KIPP emphasizes values, character, and academics in small, community-focused schools. In the San Antonio area, KIPP operates seven schools educating over 3,000 K-12 students.
The School of Science and Technology (SST) is a PK-12 high-performing, college prep, tuition-free public school system with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). STEM is part of student learning from kindergarten, when students begin to play with coding, with a greater emphasis placed each year. Students participate in a rigorous STEM education to prepare for college and the high value, high demand professions of the 21st century. Character education is incorporated into every class to ensure that students excel in both personal and academic development.
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