Charter Schools in San Antonio: Tips for Being a Politically-Engaged Parent

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Wondering how you can better advocate for charter schools in San Antonio as a charter school parent? Please take a moment to read this important article: “More Middle-Class Families Choose Charters: A political game changer for public school choice?”, Richard Whitmire,… Continue Reading

IDEA Public Schools luncheon honoring David Robinson, board member and Carver Academy founder

I want to give you a sense of how it felt to be at the IDEA Public Schools 2015 luncheon honoring David Robinson, IDEA board member and Carver Academy founder, on May 11, 2015 at the Pearl Stable. Why did… Continue Reading

Notes from the Singapore Math parent workshop at Great Hearts Monte Vista

Singapore Math: Notes from the Great Hearts Monte Vista parent workshop | San Antonio Charter Moms

F.T. is learning Singapore Math in his second grade class at Great Hearts Monte Vista. The school recently hosted a workshop for parents of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders so we could learn more about the curriculum and find ways to… Continue Reading

Mind and body: athletics at Great Hearts Monte Vista

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When I was a student at a large, public high school in San Antonio, it seemed like there was an unbridgeable cultural divide between the jocks and the nerds. Then, when I went to college, at Trinity University, I sat… Continue Reading

San Antonio Charter School Parents Band Together for Transportation Solutions

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UPDATE: The parent-organized bus at Great Hearts Monte Vista will run in the morning AND the afternoon. Charter schools can choose whether or not to offer transportation; see “Charter School Finance” at the Texas Education Agency. KIPP San Antonio does offer bus transportation… Continue Reading

Corazones Maravillosos: Great Hearts Monte Vista sesión de puertas abiertas

Great Hearts Monte Vista sesion de puertas abiertas | San Antonio Charter Moms

  Artículo previo en inglés—earlier post in English. Mil gracias a la traductora Laura Gruber de Lactancia-Latina.com. Great Hearts Monte Vista, el primer campus de Great Hearts Texas, tuvo una sesión de puertas abiertas el 27 de marzo, 2014. Esta sesión fue… Continue Reading

Building a school community: notes from the Great Hearts Monte Vista open house

Notes from the Great Hearts Monte Vista open house | San Antonio Charter Moms

Lea en español aqui. Great Hearts Monte Vista, the first campus of Great Hearts Texas, held an open house on March 27, 2014. The open house was an important step in the process of building a community around the new school. 

Celebrating reading at the 2014 San Antonio Book Festival

On Saturday, my kids and I had a great time at the San Antonio Book Festival at the Central Library and the Southwest School of Art. For our family, the highlight of festival was during the presentation by Joe Cepeda, a children’s book illustrator, when my… Continue Reading

How it feels to be on a charter school waiting list

How it feels to be on a charter school waiting list | San Antonio Charter Moms

UPDATE: Great Hearts Monte Vista has added a second section of 9th grade (February 28, 2014) Last week, I went to the public lottery for Great Hearts Monte Vista. (Here’s my earlier post about pre-lottery stress.) What happened? Short version: F.T. drew… Continue Reading

CLOSED [Giveaway] Create the school you want: Homeschooling

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Last night’s fortune cookie said, “Don’t pursue happiness—create it.” How timely. My friends and I are stressing out about charter school lotteries, as discussed in yesterday’s post. We are making backup plans and talking about… Continue Reading