Guide to Enrolling in Brooks Academy Charter Schools in San Antonio for 2021–2022

Technology at Brooks Lone Star Academy

Brooks Academies of Texas is a network of charter schools that offer a family-oriented culture and unique educational models at each campus. On November 1, 2020, Brooks Academies began accepting applications for enrollment for the 2021–2022 school year. Open enrollment continues until February 14, 2021, and the lottery will be held the week of February 15, 2021. We have put together a guide to help you learn more about Brooks Academy charter schools in San Antonio and take steps to enroll your child for the next school year.

About Brooks Academies of Texas

The mission of Brooks Academies of Texas is to promote a transformational culture that maximizes student achievement and the development of accountable, global learners in a safe and enriching environment that fosters high quality care. The leaders and teachers know that each student needs to be guided on their own personal educational path; therefore, they take the time to build and foster relationships with students and their families to best support their academic, social, and emotional needs.

To support student academic growth, the administration and faculty are committed to reviewing, studying, and acting upon data from state, district, and campus sources feedback. They look for learning trends and then provide students with independent learning paths that provide either intervention or enrichment. 

Gym at Brooks Lone Star Academy

Gym at Brooks Lone Star Academy

Each Brooks Academies of Texas campus has unique facilities, but they share some common features, including outdoor learning spaces, indoor gyms, and large playing fields. 

 

Students have the technology, including laptops and hotspots, to equitably access education opportunities. Brooks classrooms are equipped with technology to support faculty who are teaching remotely.

Equipped for learning and teaching remotely at Brooks Lone Star Academy

Classroom for virtual learning at Brooks Lone Star Academy

To read more about Brooks Academy in the news, we recommend that you click on the articles linked at the bottom of this post. Also, we invite you to join the San Antonio Charter Moms discussion group on Facebook and ask questions; the group includes current Brooks Academy families who can comment with answers based on their own experiences.

Brooks Academy Charter Schools in San Antonio

During the 2021–22 school year, Brooks Academies of Texas will have four campuses in San Antonio: two larger campuses (BASE and BCA) that are K–12, and two smaller campuses (Lone Star and Oaks) that are K–5. In 2019, on the district’s most recent school report card, they earned a C rating. The list below includes links to each campus’s school report cards.

Download the free San Antonio Charter Schools app for an interactive map that includes these campuses and many more. You can also find campus information about Brooks Academy charter schools (and many other schools of choice) on our page Guide to Charter Schools in San Antonio.  

Playground at Brooks Lone Star Academy

Playground at Brooks Lone Star Academy

How to Enroll

Families can apply online to enroll their children at Brooks Academies of Texas. Open enrollment for 2021–2022 began on November 11, 2020 and will continue through February 14, 2021. During the week of February 15, 2021, Brooks will hold a random lottery. Students who are selected will receive an email inviting them to register; the remaining students will be placed on waiting lists, and will be notified if a spot becomes available. 

On the Brooks Academies website, there is a form to request a virtual campus tour. Families can call each campus, as listed on the registration page, to ask questions and set up a tour. Each campus website has an interest form, like this one for Brooks Lone Star; once a family fills out the online form, a representative from the campus will reach out to them.

Events and tours are posted on social media. We recommend following these Brooks social media accounts:

To find out about open seats during the current school year, contact each campus directly (by phone or online) to ask about availability.

In addition, please join the San Antonio Charter Moms discussion group on Facebook to post questions and search previous discussions about Brooks Academy.

Flexible seating at Brooks Lone Star Academy

Flexible seating at Brooks Lone Star Academy

Facts About Brooks Academies of Texas

Each Brooks campus has a special focus. We spoke with Barry LeMaitre, Principal of Brooks Lone Star Academy, about what makes their campus unique. Brooks Lone Star offers two language tracks: a Spanish language program, and a dual language program. In the Spanish language program, students study Spanish twice a day, in an oral Spanish class and in social studies class, with certified bilingual teachers; the other subjects—English language arts, math, science, P.E., art, and music—are taught in English. The dual language program has a 50/50 model; students take English language arts, math, and science in English and Spanish language arts, math, and social studies in Spanish. All students enjoy P.E. and recess daily. Their art and music activities are blended into the day to day curriculum. 

In addition to foreign language instruction at Brooks Lone Star, students also develop a global perspective by creating projects that celebrate cultures around the world. LeMaitre explained that, in December, groups of students focus on different winter holidays around the world, like Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. During the school year, they have lessons to observe Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Dia de los Muertos, and Korea Day. 

Mindfulness at Brooks Lone Star Academy

Mindfulness Moments at Brooks Lone Star Academy

To help students learn social emotional skills, students at Brooks Lone Star start each day with 15 minutes of mindfulness practice. In this guest post, Paula Turner, Social-Emotional Learning Coordinator at Brooks Academies of Texas, explained how teachers use a sequence of poses from the Yoga 4 Classrooms card deck, as well as breathing exercises, to strengthen students hearts as well as their minds. These Mindfulness Moments have academic benefits for students, and they also help them focus on the present moment and work skillfully with their thoughts and emotions. In another guest post, Paula explained how gratitude practices improve our capacity for positive thinking.

Trunk or Treat at Brooks Lone Star Academy

Trunk or Treat at Brooks Lone Star Academy

The Brooks Lone Star community comes together for fun events. In 2020, because of the pandemic, they held a drive-through Trunk or Treat with creative costumes. They are planning a socially distanced Reading Under the Stars event for early 2021. Some events, like a snow day with machine-made snow, were put on hold but will resume soon. Parents and caregivers get involved in planning community events; LeMaitre hosts monthly Coffee with the Principal meetings to hear from parents. Brooks Lone Star uses Parent Square and Facebook to share information, and there is an active parents group on Facebook.

During the 2020–21 school year, Brooks has offered families the choice of in-person learning or distance learning—either via synchronous or asynchronous learning. Students in distance learning have a high level of engagement and participation. Teachers check in regularly with their distance learning students, and include them in celebrations, like monthly spirit week activities. Students on campus work in pods of six, and each student has at least 36 square feet of classroom space.

Social distancing at Brooks Lone Star Academy

On campus instruction at Brooks Lone Star Academy

As we learned in a Charter Moms Chats interview with Andrea Sabatino, Director of Student Services at Brooks Academies of Texas, teachers and staff have found alternate methods to keep providing services—including speech therapy, occupational therapy, dyslexia support, and ESL—to students with special needs. LeMaitre explained that they have to get creative to provide more stimulation for the special education students who are in distance learning, but that parents can see the difference in how engaged their students are.

Brooks Academies of Texas is affiliated with Academica Southwest.

If you like what you have learned so far about Brooks Academy charter schools, we recommend that you apply for enrollment now. You are also welcome to join the San Antonio Charter Moms discussion group to learn more and interact with current Brooks families.

Sensory hallway at Brooks Lone Star Academy

Sensory hallway at Brooks Lone Star Academy

Charter Moms Chats

Watch Barry LeMaitre, Principal of Brooks Lone Star Academy, speak with Inga Cotton on Charter Moms Chats on December 17, 2020 at 4 PM Central live on Facebook and YouTube.

Barry LeMaitre began his educational career in Scotland in self-contained classrooms teaching students from pre-K through fourth grade teacher. He transitioned to the United States, working for Miami-Dade County Public Schools as a third and fourth-grade self-contained teacher before becoming an Instructional Coach for Brooks Collegiate Academy in San Antonio, Texas.  In the 2018–19 school year, he had the privilege of becoming the Principal for Brooks Lone Star Academy. LeMaitre was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has lived in many countries including, England, France, and the United States. He moved from Florida to Texas in 2017, and has worked for twenty years in education. 

His educational philosophy is that to achieve any success in the classroom, there must be solid foundations made between the student, teacher, and parent. Students need to be heard and know that they can trust their teachers and their administration.  He stands firm with his belief that every child can make academic success; however, these successes may not just be in academics but many other areas. Building relationships with students enables the teacher to see a child’s true passion, be it mathematical, physical, or artistic, etc. Knowing this, educators are able to adapt and create an individual educational journey for their students.

LeMaitre received his Bachelors in Primary Education from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Barry University in Miami, Florida. In his free time, LeMaitre enjoys visiting places everywhere. He also enjoys working out, reading books of a variety of genres, watching movies and dining out. He is most proud of the achievements of all the students he has had the opportunity to teach throughout the years.

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