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About San Antonio School Finder

Families find best-fit schools. Schools tell their stories. San Antonio becomes a learning city.

With 17 school districts, dozens of public charter schools, and numerous after school programs, San Antonio’s education landscape is complex. The current system for finding schools and learning opportunities in San Antonio is outdated, time consuming, and confusing. No single place exists where families seeking schools and educational programs can find comprehensive and accurate information about schools and programs. The result: families rely on luck and rumor, Google searches, or marketing materials to find opportunities for their students in an increasingly complex education ecosystem in San Antonio.

Our Progress

What We’ve Done and What’s to Come

Timeline

2019
November 9

Fall 2019

Launch!
May 9

Spring 2019

Website in development and hosted storytelling workshop for local school leaders
2018
November 1

Fall 2018

Launched a formal steering committee
April 9

Spring 2018

Engaged nonprofits, system leaders and city organization
2017
October 1

Fall 2017

Family focus group conducted to learn about their pains
June 1

Summer 2017

School Finder team established within City Education Partners
2016
November 10

Winter 2016

Research study conducted

Event Recap

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Storytelling Principles for Principals

April 13, 2019

We hosted school leaders from all around San Antonio for a storytelling workshop. The event kicked off with a welcoming remarks from Dr. Brian Woods, followed by a panel and the workshop itself.

Couldn’t make the event? We’ve got you covered, check out the full panel on the Miss Education’s Podcast

Upcoming Events

Network, Learn, and Collaborate!

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Storytelling Principles for Principals

City Education Partners is hosting our first Storytelling Workshop for local school leaders. Enjoy a fun morning with your peers as we walk through best practices for communicating your school’s unique and amazing messages.

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Come on Over!

When: April 13, 2019 from 8:15 am – 1:30 pm
Where: 250 E Grayson St, San Antonio, TX 78215

Breakfast will be served.
CPE Credit Event.

Keynote Speaker:

Northside Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods

Panel Host:

This Panel will be moderated by Jen Maestas,
host of the Miss Education podcast.

Panelists:

Jeanne Russell

-Principal at Mission Street Consulting

Diego Bernal

-Texas House of Representatives, District 123

Marisa Diaz

-State Board of Education Member, District 3

Abby Morton Garland

-KIPP University Prep Co-School Leader

Theresa Mayfield

-Bilingual Kinder Teacher

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School Principals will learn how to craft a well designed school story to be showcased on a new online platform called San Antonio School Finder. SA School Finder removes the complexity of searching for schools, empowering families to search by zip code, school types, or programs offered. We will focus on the characteristics of authentic storytelling and will help school leaders identify elements of the school’s story that resonate with what parents are looking for in their children’s school experience.

Run of Show

8:15 am  Breakfast (tacos and mimosas) & Networking
9:00 am Welcoming Remarks by Northside Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods
9:30 am Panel
10:45 am Storytelling Workshop hosted by Key Ideas and A.I.M

Frequently Asked Questions

San Antonio School Finder is a city-wide website that provides viewers the ability to access all public-school options across the city of San Antonio.

The San Antonio educational landscape is:

  • Vast in options: Bexar County has 17 school districts and over 30 charter operators
  • Information lives in lots of places and is challenging to navigate for parents
  • Current city-wide platforms don’t allow for schools to tell their unique stories, and parents have asked for more information

 

Current platforms either are limited:

  • Limited to accountable data
  • Including a rating/ranking system schools have not adopted nor have they informed
  • Not inclusive of all public school options, district and charter
  • Lacking school voice and ownership
  • Not always in authentically translated Spanish
  • Do not include out-of-school time providers across the city

 

Read more about the origin of this project.

CEP owns the tool and will be responsible for the year on year maintenance and viability of the tool.

Financing for the tool was made possible through gracious giving from local philanthropists, such as the 80|20 Foundation.

CEP has positioned the tool to be a city-wide tool for San Antonio students and parents first, and anticipates that others, such as community partners, realtors and media will find the tool useful.

English and Spanish for year 1. We will consider additional languages in future versions based on parent feedback.  

San Antonio School Finder is designed based on what families told us is important to them, including information about transportation, enrollment, academic programs, start and end times, extended care opportunities, etc. 

San Antonio School Finder, while not an App, is designed to be mobile responsive easily viewed on any mobile device.

Minimally, once a year as new state accountability data comes out. Schools and Districts can update content more frequently should they decide to do so.

A large part of standardized data comes directly from the Texas Education Agency [TEA] and is uploaded directly to the site and locked. Schools, districts and charters add information such as school stories, pictures, video and other school-specific information that is not reported to or captured by TEA. Our goal is to upload as much data from TEA directly in order to minimize the burden to schools, districts and charters while also ensuring they are able to tell their unique stories to families

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