These Texas charter schools ranked in the 2012 US News list of America’s best high schools:
- Westlake Academy (Westlake) (#5 Texas, #37 national)
- YES Prep North Central (Houston) (#8 Texas, #56 national)
- Peak Preparatory (Dallas) (#9 Texas, #66 national)
- IDEA Academy and College Preparatory School (Donna) (#12 Texas, #108 national)
- YES Prep Southeast (Houston) (#16 Texas, #142 national)
- Star Charter School (Austin) (#21 Texas, #240 national)
- Harmony Science Academy (Houston) (#24 Texas, #309 national)
- Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (Fort Worth) (#25 Texas, #312 national)
- North Hills Preparatory (Irving) (#35 Texas, #403 national)
- Harmony Science Academy (Dallas) (#50 Texas, #554 national)
- A+ Academy (Dallas) (#142 Texas, #1723 national)
Unfortunately, none of these highly-ranked charter schools is located in San Antonio. (USNews designated the School of Science & Technology San Antonio as “Recognized Nationally”, but gave no number ranking.) Some of these schools have only one campus, but others are part of multi-school systems. For example, Harmony already has two schools in San Antonio: Harmony Science Academy San Antonio and Harmony School of Innovation San Antonio. And, IDEA has already announced plans to expand to San Antonio at the IDEA Carver Academy, with more IDEA schools in San Antonio planned for 2013 and beyond.
As parents, we can take action to attract more high-performing charter schools to San Antonio. Maybe a future USNews list will include several high-ranking San Antonio charter schools.