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  • a creative space where hearts and minds can soar

    a creative space where hearts and minds can soar

In March 2016, San Antonio ISD and Trinity University announced plans to partner to open a school like no other school in San Antonio, redefining what urban education looks like in our city. The vision was a school for students who seek academic challenge with greater depth and complexity and opportunities for acceleration. 

Our yet-to-be-named school will open its doors Aug. 22, 2016, to highly motivated students in grades K-10. Pre-kindergarten and 11th grade will be added in 2017-18 and 12th grade will be added in 2018-19. We will select a school name and school colors in the upcoming academic year with the input of students and staff.

Our innovative, forward-thinking Pk-12 school will be open to any curious, self-motivated learner looking for academic challenges and the option of accelerated learning.

It will be located across two campuses, opening with kindergarten through 3th grades housed at the site of the former Austin Academy, 621 W Euclid Ave., and the majority of the grades, 4th through 10th, at nearby Fox Tech High School, 637 N. Main Ave.

Classrooms will not be defined by grade or age but instead will serve as creative centers for students of similar levels of achievement. Students will alternate between individual and collaborative learning to tackle in-depth problems that require them to apply knowledge from across multiple subjects. And because we don’t want to hamper momentum when students are on a roll with a particular project or assignment, we will forgo a bell schedule.

By eliminating some of the traditional boundaries, the advanced learning academy will be a place where hearts and minds truly can soar.

The academy also will serve as a learning lab through Trinity University to create a pipeline of highly trained teachers and leaders for SAISD campuses. A new San Antonio area nonprofit, City Education Partners (CEP), is providing grants to SAISD and Trinity for the new teacher training and innovative school design.

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