Tuition Free Choices

Choose to Succeed is proud to support tuition-free, high-performing educational options for San Antonio families. Listed below are five top charter schools 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.  


BASIS charter schools (managed by BASIS.ed) have been raising the level of American education to the highest international standards since 1998. BASIS charter schools have an academically accelerated, internationally benchmarked liberal arts curriculum at 24 open enrollment, tuition-free public charter schools across the United States and are listed among the nation’s best by any measure – state and national rankings, success on Advanced Placement exams, success on PISA/OECD testing, and college admissions, among many factors. 

Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem Innovative Schools assure that students “Seize the Day” and make the most of each day’s educational opportunities. This tuition-free, public charter school utilizes a highly effective personalized learning model which combines a rigorous curriculum with classroom instruction led by licensed teachers and supported by personal coaches. Students are met at their instructional level to build competency and confidence through hard work and encouragement. Carpe Diem students are educated with knowledge, empowered with character and equipped for life.

Great Hearts

Great Hearts is passionately committed to cultivating the hearts and minds of students through the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. We operate classical K-12 charter schools that offer our students a transformative educational experience. By engaging a well-rounded program in a vibrant school culture, our students are prepared for success in college, leadership in any field in which they choose to endeavor, and a life filled with purpose.

IDEA San Antonio

DEA Public Schools is a growing network of tuition-free, open enrollment, K-12 public charter schools. In San Antonio, IDEA operates 14 schools serving more than 5,400 students from across the city. The longer IDEA schools are in existence, the bigger the wait lists become. Overall, more than three students applied for every one available seat at IDEA schools in San Antonio for the 2015-16 school year.

KIPP San Antonio

KIPP San Antonio Public Schools is a non-profit network of public charter schools educating students in grades K-12. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and, therefore, enrollment is open to all students. KIPP San Antonio believes that great teachers, a supportive learning environment, and an emphasis on both academics and character are the foundation for student success.