Guide to Enrolling in Jubilee Academies in San Antonio for 2021–2022

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Jubilee Academies is a network of charter schools in San Antonio and across South Texas that promises to educate the whole child, focusing on character, leadership, and excellence. The school culture involves talking about values and weaving them into lessons in the classrooms and on the sports fields. Jubilee offers a range of pathways that are getting students ready for college and careers.

On November 1, 2020, Jubilee Academies began accepting applications for enrollment for the 2021–2022 school year. Open enrollment continues until February 10, 2021, and the lottery will be on February 19, 2021. We have put together a guide to help you learn more about Jubilee Academies in San Antonio and take steps to enroll your child for the next school year.

About Jubilee Academies

Jubilee Academies began in San Antonio in 2000 with 60 students, and now has campuses in the Rio Grande Valley (Brownsville and Harlingen), the Coastal Bend (Kingsville), and Central Texas (Austin). Our team visited Jubilee campuses in 2014 and 2017, but learn more about the current situation and new developments, we spoke with Kevin Phillips, Ed.D., Superintendent of Jubilee Academies. 

Phillips explained how they use JUBILEE as an acronym to teach students Jubilee’s Determined Destiny Values: Joy, Understanding, Balance, Integrity, Leadership, Empowerment, and Excellence. They look for examples of students demonstrating these values, such as a Jubilee Kingsville student who found a balance of both doing hard work and being a good friend. The value of Empowerment, Phillips said, is expressed by “speaking life into somebody through positive affirmations and helping them build confidence.” The teachers incorporate the Determined Destiny Values into their lesson plans, and the students include them in their work. Visit the Jubilee Academies YouTube channel to watch CEO Tom Koger and Superintendent Phillips sit down for Determined Destiny Values Talks.

To read more about Jubilee Academies 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 Jubilee Academies families who can comment with answers based on their own experiences.

elementary student at Jubilee Academies making a turkey craft

Jubilee Academies in San Antonio

During the 2021–22 school year, Jubilee Academies will have three schools in the San Antonio region. 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 Jubilee Academies (and many other schools of choice) on our page Guide to Charter Schools in San Antonio.

Jubilee Highland Hills

How to Enroll

Families can apply online to enroll their children at Jubilee Academies. Open enrollment for the 2021–2022 school year began on November 1, 2020 and continues until February 10, 2021. On February 19, 2021, Jubilee Academies 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. 

Families who are interested in learning more about a campus should call the main number and as to speak with an administrator. They will set up a time to talk and answer questions. They are not offering on campus tours now, but families can see virtual campus tours, like these videos for Highland Hills, Sendero, and Westwood.

We also recommend following Jubilee Academies social media accounts:

You can also access parent newsletters on the district’s website.

In addition, please join the San Antonio Charter Moms discussion group on Facebook to post questions and search previous discussions about Jubilee Academies schools in San Antonio.

Seniors of the Class of 2020 at Jubilee Lake View University Prep

Facts About Jubilee Academies

Jubilee Academies has adapted to the COVID pandemic by accelerating its educational technology programs. Superintendent Phillips described how they have provided a device to every student: tablets for PK–2 and Chromebooks for 3–12. The teachers were already beginning to use Google Classroom, but in March they became proficient in using it for remote education. During the 2020–21 school year, Jubilee offers families a choice of distance learning or on-campus education using safety protocols. As of this writing, about 60 percent of students are participating in distance learning. 

Athletics are a point of pride at Jubilee. Campuses offer a variety of competitive sports, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, and track. The district has invested millions of dollars in athletics facilities with features like indoor turf. Sports are an important part of a child’s mental conditioning because they provide opportunities to learn and demonstrate values. For example, a student who loses a game needs to find their inner strength—an element of joy—and express that by shaking hands with a competitor and say, “Good game.” The coaches take the time for “Turf Talk” with students to discuss the Determined Destiny Values.

Jubilee Academies basketball

Middle school and high school students at Jubilee Academies have access to a wide range of programs to help them explore what they want to do after graduation. Career and technical education (CTE) programs allow students to explore pathways such as web development, culinary arts, nursing science, graphic design, and law enforcement. Students get hands-on experience and access to job certifications; armed with this knowledge, they can get good jobs right out of high school, or go on to college with clear goals in mind. Each campus offers different CTE pathway options; that would be a good question to ask when you talk to an administrator or go on a tour.

Students also have the opportunity to earn college credit in dual credit programs. In the San Antonio region, Jubilee Academies has partnerships with Texas A&M San Antonio, San Antonio College, and St. Philip’s College, and more college and university partnerships in other regions. Students who enroll in dual credit courses—which are free to the student—earn both high school credit and as much as 45–60 hours of college credit. They can apply those credits towards an associates degree or transfer them to a four year university.  Dual credit programs help students achieve college graduation more quickly and at lower cost, with a clearer pathway to success.

Two principals, Raul Hinojosa from Jubilee Highland Hills and James Montano from Jubilee San Antonio, are members of the 2020–21 cohort of the Trinity School Design Network. Dr. Hinojosa is studying how to redesign their campus for an environmental science focus, and Mr. Montano is exploring programs in business, entrepreneurship, law, and criminal justice.

If you like what you have learned so far about Jubilee Academies in San Antonio 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 Jubilee families.

Charter Moms Chats

Watch Kevin Phillips, Ed.D., Superintendent of Jubilee Academies, speak with Inga Cotton on Charter Moms Chats on December 10, 2020 at 4 PM Central live on Facebook and YouTube.

Dr. Phillips is a military veteran who has the heart and mind of a servant leader. Dr. Phillips has been married for 16 years and has five beautiful children. Dr. Phillips has led schools at all levels and believes education is the great equalizer that allows teachers and students to reach their highest potential. Dr. Phillips earned his Doctorate of Educational Leadership and Policies Studies in 2015 from Texas A&M University—Commerce. Over his 18 years in education he has served as an Assistant Superintendent, Executive Director of Human Resources, Principal, Assistant Principal as well as a teacher and coach. Dr. Phillips joined the Jubilee team in 2019 and believes Jubilee is the type of organization that will impact the lives of families for generations to come. He believes the Jubilee core values will transform students and teachers into determined citizens guaranteed to make a difference in their communities. 

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