Lamar Elementary: a neighborhood school in a cultural corridor

Last week, my daughter, G.N., and I attended a Spotlight Breakfast at Lamar Elementary, 201 Parland Place, San Antonio, TX 78209 (map), an elementary school in San Antonio ISD serving kindergarten through fifth grade and offering pre-K for three- and… Continue Reading

[Sponsored] InspireU mentoring program at Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Big Brothers Big Sisters South Texas (BBBSST). I was compensated to participate but all opinions are mine. Big ideas are powerful. But ideas spread one person at a time. Are you ready to… Continue Reading

San Antonio ISD’s Hawthorne Academy under construction as part of Bond 2010

Over the weekend, I drove past Hawthorne Academy, an in-district charter at San Antonio ISD, and snapped a picture of the construction—part of the Bond 2010 program. Here is an earlier post with a pre-construction photo of Hawthorne. Hawthorne is one of… Continue Reading

An architect reflects on SAISD’s Bonham Academy expansion plans

Bonham Academy is a school in a quickly developing, revitalized, dense urban area. Urban schools are not like other schools that often find cookie-cutter solutions workable. This bond project has become a real test of the capability of SAISD to… Continue Reading

Charter applications granted; more details in San Antonio Express-News

Leaders of both organizations [BASIS and Great Hearts] said they will begin searching for faculty and campus locations immediately. “Tomorrow we start that process,” said Great Hearts Texas President Peter Bezanson. “Charter schools advance”, Lindsay Kastner, San Antonio Express-News, November… Continue Reading

Education options for families living downtown

Downtown San Antonio has lots of cultural attractions that appeal to families: the San Antonio Children’s Museum on Houston Street, the Institute of Texan Cultures and the Magik Theatre in Hemisfair, Main Plaza, and the Central Library, to name a few. An article… Continue Reading

Guest post at Rivard Report

When a mother needs something for her child, no one should ever say, “Just wait.” Likewise, no one should judge a mother too harshly for the things she does for her children. “Wave of New Charter Schools Enhance Inner City… Continue Reading

Charter schools mentioned in San Antonio Magazine’s 2012 Education Guide

Charter schools are mentioned briefly in San Antonio Magazine‘s 2012 Education Guide: According to the National Education Association, charter schools are publicly funded elementary or secondary schools that have been freed from some of the rules, regulations and statutes that apply to… Continue Reading

Profile (Place): Monte Vista Historic District

Monte Vista is one of San Antonio’s great historic neighborhoods. The Monte Vista Historical Association is the glue that keeps the neighborhood together. The book San Antonio’s Monte Vista: Architecture and Society in a Gilded Age by Donald E. Everett discusses the founding of… Continue Reading