CAST Schools are built in partnership with public school districts. Today, CAST Schools are a network of 5 schools in four (4) different school districts, East Central ISD, Southwest ISD, and San Antonio ISD. The network’s sixth school, CAST Teach will open in August of 2022 in Northside ISD.
San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) has been located in the heart of the city for more than 100 years and is Bexar County’s third-largest school district. Under the leadership of Superintendent Pedro Martinez, SAISD serves more than 50,000 students among more than 90 campuses.
Advanced Learning Academy (ALA) lifts the ceiling on learning for all members of the educational community. ALA provides 21st-century opportunities within a caring and open community and fosters a depth of thinking, problem-solving, creative design, and real-world applications. Students develop deep content knowledge and cutting-edge learning skills to prepare them for any and all futures they can envision.
The curriculum at ALA relies heavily on Project-Based Learning, which is an approach to education that emphasizes learning through creating. Projects aren’t just replacements for tests, they’re real-world creations that start their development at the very beginning of a new unit of content.
CAST Tech is open to students across Bexar County and is San Antonio’s first high-tech high school. An in-district charter of the San Antonio Independent School District, CAST Tech is a first-of-its-kind model where college coursework is embedded in the program and students can graduate with up to two years of college credit, industry-recognized certifications and portfolios that feature rigorous, multi-disciplinary projects and other examples of their work. CAST Tech students will prepare for careers in coding, cyber security, gaming, web design, user experience entrepreneurship, business, and more.
CAST Med High School is the third campus in the CAST network and the second within SAISD. CAST Med curriculum has an emphasis on medicine and biomedical research. The CAST Med campus, located at 2601 Louis Bauer Drive in the Brooks development, was converted into high school instructional spaces to include a 215-seat auditorium and lab spaces for biology, biotech and engineering, virtual anatomy and computer stations. CAST Med is operated as an in-district charter in SAISD, and open to students across Bexar County. CAST Med opened its first class of 150 9th graders in Fall 2019.
Southwest Independent School District (SWISD) was established in 1951 to educate the rural population of Bexar County. The southwest region of the city has grown and the district now serves nearly 14,000 students under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Lloyd Verstuyft, who attended and graduated from schools in the very district where he now works.
CAST STEM is the second free, public high school in the CAST network. Open to students across Bexar County, CAST STEM allows students to explore careers in engineering, advanced manufacturing, energy & power, and global logistics. College coursework and industry-recognized certifications are embedded within the high school program at CAST STEM and supported by employer partnerships as well as two-year and four-year higher education partners. CAST STEM students will be prepared for careers in advanced manufacturing, energy operations, drone pilots, aerospace, logistics and more. Like all CAST graduates, CAST STEM students are guaranteed a job interview upon graduation.
East Central Independent School District (ECISD) was founded in 1949 with a mission to cultivate problem-solvers who are prepared to thrive in an interconnected world. The district serves more than 10,000 students.
CAST Lead opened in 2020 with opportunities for leadership careers in retail, hospitality and e-commerce. Open to students across Bexar County, CAST Lead partners with some of San Antonio’s most distinctive brands, from the Culinary Institute of America, to Whataburger, H-E-B, Grupo La Gloria, Visit San Antonio and many more, to prepare students to climb the leadership ladder in one of San Antonio’s most dominant industries.
Established in 1949 by the consolidation of 12 rural school districts, Northside today is 355 square miles of urban landscape, suburban communities, and rural Texas hill country. As South Texas’ largest school system, Northside is the “Destination District” for thousands of families wanting a high quality school system.
CAST Teach High School is San Antonio’s first school dedicated to careers in education.
Opening in August of 2022, the CAST Teach High School will not only ensure students have a strong foundation in educational practices, but it will also provide experiences in schools – side by side with mentor educators, coaches, counselors, and librarians.