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Join a community of leaders who are challenging the status quo and innovating within the education sector to create new opportunities for children in San Antonio.

San Antonio is the seventh most populous city in the United States, but maintains a small-town fall. Demographers point to the city's population as an indicator of the future for the United States. San Antonio is now where Texas will be in a decade and where the U.S. will be in 20 to 30 years. Since San Antonio is ahead of the curve, it has an opportunity to be a model for how the rest of the country can transform education to meet the needs of changing demographics.

Unlike other large cities, San Antonio does not have a single traditional school district. Instead, it's home to over 17 different school districts. The barriers between these districts formed due to inequitable systems that separated communities by race and class. Today, San Antonio has the infamous designation as the most economically segregated city in the United States according to the Pew Research Center. The urban core is home to disproportionate percentages of students of color and students growing up in poverty. Indeed, San Antonio ISD (SAISD), the school district in the heart of downtown San Antonio, serves a 97 percent Latino and African American student body, 93 percent of which are considered economically disadvantaged. Students growing up in the urban core face significant and persistent challenges that impact their ability to obtain an equitable education.

In recent years, transformation in San Antonio has been driven, in part, by a growing desire for innovation. An increase in innovative school models including in-district magnets, and charter schools has allowed for more autonomy and creativity in the construction of educational experiences for our students. Many of these schools, powered and led by the talent of our corps members and alumni, have demonstrated proof of what is possible for youth who have been dismissed for generations.

6%

Students graduating HS in San Antonio’s urban core are “college ready” (EIS Report 2016-17 SY) vs 29% city-wide

99%

New jobs created in Texas since 2008 require postsecondary (14 years) of education.

“I educate in San Antonio because I understand that there is a need to uplift all communities and I am passionate about creating possibilities for our students that are beyond the lines of economic segregation.”

Lebon James

Assistant Principal, Whittier Middle School, SAISD

San Antonio Corps Member 2012

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Our Regional Partners

We value our partnerships with local schools, districts, universities, businesses, and other organizations. Our partners play a critical role in creating opportunities for children in our communities.