The Brackenridge Foundation's portfolio schools are all tuition-free, non-profit, public charter schools. Their enrollment zones vary, but most cover the greater San Antonio area.
BASIS Texas charter schools serve over 2,800 students in grades K–12 across four 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.
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.
The Gathering Place model will be radically different from traditional school models with an emphasis on social justice, creative arts, and project-based learning. Instead of transitioning from one isolated class to another, students will spend the majority of their day working on projects and artwork that they design and is relevant to their lives. In addition to dedicated time each day to learn the foundations of literacy and conceptual numeracy, children will have art every day and will experience dance, theater, visual arts, and music throughout the year.
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. Great Hearts Online is a classical academy offered entirely online for students across Texas.
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-eight schools in the San Antonio area educating over 17,000 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. For the past fourteen years 100% of IDEA graduates have applied and been accepted to college.
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 3,500 K-12 students.
Prelude Preparatory Charter School will open in fall 2021 with preschool through first grade. One grade level will be added each subsequent year until serving grades preschool through eighth grade.
Prelude offers innovative, high-powered academics. Students will be immersed in a college-prep curriculum, receive specialized science instruction, build knowledge through study in all subject areas, and ignite curiosity through play and collaboration. They will develop the academic and personal foundation necessary to achieve in school, live purposeful lives, and become leaders in their communities.
Promesa Academy Charter School opened in August 2020. It will open with kindergarten and first grade and will grow one grade level per year to serve kindergarten through fifth grade. Through rigorous and engaging academics, high-quality instruction, and a commitment to excellence in all that they do, Promesa Academy Charter school promises to ensure every student acquires the skills and knowledge necessary for middle and high school success, college graduation, and a life filled with opportunity.
From Dr. Soner Tarim, founder of A-rated Harmony Public Schools, comes Royal Public Schools. In addition to Dr. Tarim's proven track record in STEM education, the Royal schools will feature a rigorous arts curriculum and integrated social-emotional curriculum that Dr. Tarim has spent the last year developing as an Aspen Institute Fellow. The Texas Education Agency and State Board of Education have granted royal a Generation 25 charter to serve San Antonio students in grades K-12.
San Antonio Preparatory Charter School opened in August 2020 with grades 5-7. One grade level will be added each year until the school serves grades 5-12. Founded on the notion that college exposes students to a world of possibilities, San Antonio Prep is designed to place students on the path to college. It is committed to the belief that all students should be immersed in their culture, learn about their identity, engage in their community, and build strong relationships with others. The founding team is intentionally creating an environment where students can do all of these things.
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.
You can use it to find open enrollment charter schools, in-district charter schools, and magnet schools in the San Antonio area, and it will connect you to the application page for each school.