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SAN ANTONIO: District Partners with Charter Schools and Organizations to Expand Options for Families

SAISD is pursuing a number of partnerships outside the district to ensure that students have the school model that will best serve their needs. The Texas charter school operator Braination specializes in serving students with social and emotional disorders. In 2017-18, the operator started managing a district school, renamed Afton Oaks, as a therapeutic day program serving secondary students.

Braination and SAISD negotiated a contract that outlines how they will combine their expertise and resources: SAISD provides the facility, transportation, and central office support, while Braination teaches students using its trained staff and vetted curriculum.

This is one of a growing number of partnerships between SAISD and nonprofit organizations. This includes partnerships with the charter operator Democracy Prep to turn around a struggling school, businesses like the Culinary Institute of America that provide career training, and local universities. Some, like San Antonio College at Fox Tech, offer certification, while others, like St. Philip’s College, operate dual-enrollment programs.

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The Center on Reinventing Public Education is a research and policy analysis center at the University of Washington Bothell developing systemwide solutions for K–12 public education. Questions? Email crpe@uw.edu.