Listed below are four of the top charter schools in the nation with campuses here in San Antonio. Like all open-enrollment charter schools, they are tuition-free, non-religious, nonselective public schools that can enroll students across district lines and have the freedom to create innovative and unique education models. These charter schools were selected by Choose to Succeed for their quality. Watch their inspiring videos to learn more about them, then fill out our interest form to get additional information about the schools and details about how to enroll or sign up for the lottery.
KIPP students spend almost 50% more time in school than they would in a traditional public school, follow a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, and participate in a nationally recognized character development program, which emphasizes grit, curiosity, and optimism, to foster long-term success in college and life. By 8th grade, students are testing in the top three schools in the entire city on reading—year after year—showing remarkable annual gains. KIPP 8th graders have also achieved top math rankings nationally.
IDEA is the only district of its size in the State of Texas to have earned an Exemplary rating two years in a row, and its flagship campus in Donna, Texas was ranked the 13th best high school in the United States by US News and World Report. Current graduation/persistence in college is nearly 85% and trending upward. In 2012, each of IDEA’s 1000 kindergarten students tested on or above grade level in reading.
BASIS Schools offer an accelerated science and liberal arts program that rivals the best schools in the world. BASIS graduates take an average of 10 AP exams with a 90% pass rate. BASIS Tucson is ranked the second best STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) school in the country, and several BASIS schools have ranked among the top ten high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. 100% of BASIS graduates have enrolled in 4-year colleges and the college graduation & persistence rate is 97%, most at elite colleges and universities, with heavy scholarship funding.
Great Hearts Academies seek to accelerate student achievement through a program that focuses on a classical, liberal arts curriculum with an emphasis on Socratic discussion of the Great Books of the Western Canon. Every child learns Latin, studies math through calculus, takes honors laboratory science, plays competitive chess, sings in the choir, acts in four plays by the time he or she graduates, and much more.
In a recent ranking of the 14,000 public school districts in the United States by internationally normed math and reading scores, Great Hearts Academies ranked in the top 20 schools in the nation. Since its inception, more than 95% of its seniors have matriculated to 4-year colleges. Great Hearts graduates attend the most highly selective colleges in the nation, with National Merit and selective college placement rates that rival the best private schools.