CLOSER TO HOME: Local Unique and Specialized Learning Opportunities Abound


The greater San Antonio area offers parents a rich variety of learning approaches and environments for children. Here is a sampling of several local unique, creative and specialized learning options.

AMBLESIDE SCHOOL OF BOERNE Serves K-8 830-388-8865 | 7 Sisterdale Road, Boerne 78006 Ambleside is a private Christian school that sees each child as having vast potential and offers a “living education” inspired by the late Charlotte Mason. Within this method of teaching, students are exposed to a rich and rigorous curriculum in an atmosphere where they do not compete with each other for rank, grades or prizes. Ambleside puts the focus on learning and real life application where students are encouraged to observe, explore, question and understand.

ANNE FRANK INSPIRE ACADEMY Serves K-8 210-638-5900 | 11216 Bandera Road, San Antonio 78249 Anne Frank Inspire Academy serves as a flagship school for the Inspire Academies, “21st-century, innovative schools that will offer students an extraordinary, integrated academic curriculum with a mission to increase the capacity for human greatness.” The school opens this fall and will feature learning studios instead of classrooms, comfortable seating, seamless technology, student-directed learning, nature trails, gardens and perks like a yoga studio, cafes and outdoor decks. Students will explore information via projects, field experience, group work, entrepreneurialism and problem solving.

THE CIRCLE SCHOOL Serves PreK-8 210-822-0461 | 217 Pershing Avenue, San Antonio 78209 The Circle School takes a holistic approach to learning and is committed to developing the whole child through enrichment of mind, body and soul. The school focuses on introducing children to diverse cultures and cultivating each child’s awareness of his/her unique self. The school guides children in developing an open mind, fosters creative leadership and teaches respectful conflict resolution. Each teacher is given the freedom to teach to their passions and encouraged to seek out new ways of ensuring each child’s complete education.

ELEANOR KOLITZ HEBREW LANGUAGE ACADEMY Serves K-8 210-302-6900 | 12500 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio 78231 The Eleanor Kolitz Academy is a public, English/ Hebrew dual-language charter school that offers a core curriculum (language arts, mathematics, science, social studies) as well as a daily Hebrew class where students learn Hebrew language skills. Classes outside of Hebrew are taught primarily in English, although Hebrew is reinforced on a limited basis. Middle school graduates are expected to achieve Hebrew language proficiency and may qualify to receive high school language credits.

GENEVA SCHOOL OF BOERNE Serves K-12 830-755-6101 | 113 Cascade Caverns Road, Boerne 78015 The Geneva School is a classical, Christian-based school that uses biblical principles to support and educate students. Through classical education students study the great works of the Western world, are taught to look for the good and true in life and learn to evaluate what they read or hear according to the Bible’s teachings. Three stages of learning are offered throughout a student’s career: the grammar stage (K-5) where students are taught through repetition, jingles, songs, etc.; the logic stage (6-8) when students are taught to think and reason; the rhetoric stage (9-12) where students learn how to communicate effectively.

HENRY FORD ACADEMY: ALAMEDA SCHOOL FOR ART + DESIGN Serves 9-12 210-226-4031 | 318 W. Houston, San Antonio 78205 ASAD is San Antonio’s only college preparatory art and design high school and embraces art as a core subject. Students learn through a handson approach and are taught to develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills by tackling quarterly design challenges that focus on a central question like, “How can we reduce crime in the community?” Students also learn outside of the classroom with visits to college campuses, cultural institutions and speaking events with professional artists and designers. Artwork by students and staff is displayed throughout the school and projects are showcased at public exhibitions.

SAN ANTONIO ACADEMY Serves PreK-8 210-733-7331 | 117 East French Place, San Antonio 78212 San Antonio Academy is a non-profit, nondenominational, tax-exempt school for boys, the only one of its kind in Texas. The school promotes learning through small classroom sizes (10:1 student to teacher ratio), a family-like atmosphere, and the development of positive self-image and respect for others. Themes woven throughout the academy are a challenging academic program, character and leadership development, personal attention and opportunities to participate in a diverse range of after-school activities. The academy also requires upper school students to participate in the school’s military program, where boys learn leadership skills, principles of teamwork and developing a spirit that comes from working together to achieve common goals.

THE WINSTON SCHOOL Serves K-12 210-615-6544 | 8565 Ewing Halsell, San Antonio 78229 The Winston School’s primary mission is to provide a personalized college preparatory education to students with average to high potential and identified learning differences. The goal is to allow students to realize their full potential and master materials presented in various ways. Teachers use direct instruction as well as visual, audio and handson activities to teach essential concepts. The school also serves as a community resource for training, diagnosis, information and research.

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