Anne Frank Inspire Academy opening on Northwest Side in Fall 2013; info sessions

I haven’t done my due diligence yet, but I’m intrigued by what I’m hearing about Anne Frank Inspire Academy, a new school in the John H. Wood Jr. Public Charter District“New school a major change for charter district”, Lindsay Kastner, San Antonio Express-News, April 21, 2013.

The school will serve grades 6-8 starting in Fall 2013. Three information sessions are coming up soon:

  • Tuesday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 23 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 30 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

All events are at the Education Resource Center, Inc., 10325 Bandera Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78250. map

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  1. If anyone is interested in a school that will encourage a “self-directed” approach for their students I highly recommend attending one of the information sessions Inga listed above. The campus, curriculum, and teaching approach are all very progressive and may make some parents and students concerned about “meeting current testing standards” and “developing enough AP, Dual Credit” hours, etc.. But the Superintendent, Bruce Rockstroh, was able to clearly explain how those aspects of a traditional institution would be worked with at the A.F. Inspire Academy. If for no other reason than to understand the great variety of school choices that are possible, I encourage attendance at one of the sessions.

    • Please, before you enroll your child in this school, take a look at Mr. Rockstroh’s past history. He has been the superintendent for John H. Wood Charter District since 2007 yet just last year received his superintendent’s certification. He did not even finish his studies until last year. He has been allowed to “railroad” things for the school district because everyone on the board is a personal friend. The Inspire Academy is a great idea, but his mismanagement will cause devastating effects. Ask TEA why they didn’t approve the actual application to open the school so he has to shut down another campus suddenly to finish his project. Ask him how employees will be paid in August of this year if he has used all of John H. Wood’s funds to build a school that was originally slated to be under the Eduation Resource Center?

      • I asked The Inspire Academies to respond to Shayne’s comment, and this is what they wrote:

        The Anne Frank Inspire Academy will be a world class middle school and has an incredible team behind it. Mr. Rockstroh, superintendent of our charter holder, the Educational Resource Center, has been an educator for 25 years including 11 as a charter school administrator. Since 2007, he has helped grow the John H. Wood, Jr. residential school program from two to six campuses, from 67 to 145 employees, and to a position of leadership in serving at-risk youth throughout Texas. The district is strong financially and has a remarkable, hard working staff. The Inspire Academies will continue this tradition of providing innovative and positive learning environments for all students.

  2. I worked for John H Wood Charter District and I would have to say that Mr. Rockstroh takes care of his employees financially well….better than regular school districts. I have never worked with such a close knit group of educators who are like “family.” Everyone has a “past history,” but what counts is what they are today in the “present.” I remember when Mr. Rockstroh presented his idea to the entire district of teachers/staff of creating Inspire Academies during Convocation. I was excited then, just as I am now, because students will have an innovative positive learning environment that will help them be productive members of society.

  3. Agreed. There is a lot going on behind the scenes that people don’t realize. There are people at that district that I would follow to the endsof the world…they are remarkable, intelligent, ethical people. He isn’t one of them. The financial security speech gets old after a few years when you see the money going to central office and teachers are still using second rate hardware. Special education practices are not all above board. Again, I’ll reiterate, there are many people within the district that care about the employees and the students. He isn’t one of them.

    • I am trying to research the new Anne Frank school in San Antonio, Texas by some OUTSIDE sources – could any of you recommend a place where I might do that? Unfortunately I missed the informational sessions and would like to find out information regarding curriculum, teacher certifications, principal certifications, pre-AP courses, high school development, and state and national testing. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

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