SAISD Now Accepting Applications for Specialized Schools, Programs

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(From left)Brandon 12, Alexis 13, and Killian 13 work together while creating with cardboard and tape.

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(from left) Brandon, 12, Alexis, 13, and Killian, 13, collaborate on a project at the Advanced Learning Academy.

The application period for the San Antonio Independent School District‘s specialized schools and magnets opened Monday. Parents and guardians have until Jan. 31, 2018 to apply for their children’s enrollment for the coming school year.

SAISD has more than 20 non-traditional programs including dual-language academies, early college high schools, high school magnet programs, and single-gender schools such as the award-winning Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Click here to view the district’s full list of offerings, all of which are available to Bexar County students that live both inside and out district boundaries and the district reserves seats for both.

Some of the district’s newer schools are likely to see wait lists this year, so students will be accepted through a lottery process, said SAISD spokeswoman Leslie Price. The Irving Dual Language Academy on the Westside, the city’s first public Montessori school, Centers for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) schools, and the Advanced Learning Academy opened within the last two years with wait lists.

“Even longtime schools like Bonham Academy have wait lists,” Price said.

These programs offer students “the opportunity to pursue specialized instruction based on their individual interests and aspirations,” according to a district news release.

SAISD has a total of nine magnet programs at various high schools that give “students the opportunity to earn up to 45 hours of college credit by high school graduation,” the release continues. “The district’s magnet programs are tightly aligned with Alamo Colleges’ programs … [s]tudents earn the college credit through a mix of dual-credit courses and Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credit by exam.”

The district also offers three magnets at different middle schools including American heritage at Poe Middle School, multilingual at Tafolla Middle School, and technology at Rhodes Middle School. Click here for more information.

The district will host Experience SAISD on Saturday, Dec. 16 at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Downtown Campus for parents and kids to check out the more than 90 schools and programs.

 

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