Jubilee Academies is a network of charter schools in San Antonio and across South Texas. Jubilee works towards educating the whole child, focusing on character, leadership, and excellence. The school culture involves incorporating values and integrating them into lessons in the classrooms and on the field. Jubilee offers a range of pathways that are getting students ready for college and careers. On November 1, 2023, Jubilee Academies will began accepting applications for enrollment for the 2024–25 school year. Open enrollment continues through January 31, 2024. We have put together a guide to help you learn more about Jubilee Academies in San Antonio and take steps to enroll your children for the next school year.
About Jubilee Academies
Jubilee Academies began in San Antonio in 2000 with 60 students, and has expanded to more regions: the Rio Grande Valley (Brownsville and Harlingen), the Coastal Bend (Kingsville), and Central Texas (Austin). Our team has visited Jubilee campuses in 2014, 2017, and 2021. In 2020, 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.
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.
Jubilee Academies in San Antonio
During the 2024–25 school year, Jubilee Academies will have four schools in the San Antonio region. The 2023–24 school calendar shows that they follow a traditional academic schedule. 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.
- Jubilee—Highland Hills: 1515 Goliad Rd., San Antonio, TX 78223 (map); 210-634-7590; grades PK–8; school report card—not rated
- Jubilee—Lake View University Prep: 325 Castroville Rd., San Antonio TX 78207 (map); 210-963-3900; grades PK–12; school report card—not rated
- Jubilee—San Antonio: 4427 Chandler, San Antonio TX 78222 (map); 210-278-3880; grades PK–12; school report card—not rated
- Jubilee—Westwood: 8038 W. Military Dr., San Antonio, TX 78227 (map); 210-819-9387; grades PK–8; school report card—rated C
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.
How to Enroll
Families can apply online to enroll their children at Jubilee Academies. Open enrollment for the 2024–25 school year began on November 1, 2023 and continues until January 31, 2024. If needed, Jubilee Academies will hold a random lottery in February 2024. 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 ask to speak with an administrator. They will set up a time to talk and answer questions. They can also set up campus tours.
We also recommend following Jubilee Academies social media accounts:
- Jubilee Academies on Facebook, X (Twitter), Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn
- Jubilee Highland Hills on Facebook
- Jubilee Lake View University Prep on Facebook
- Jubilee San Antonio on Facebook
- Jubilee Westwood on Facebook
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.
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 in athletics facilities with features such as 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 saying, “Good game.” The coaches take the time for “Turf Talk” with students to discuss the Determined Destiny Values. Learn more about athletics at Jubilee Highland Hills, Jubilee Lake View, Jubilee San Antonio, and Jubilee Westwood.
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—a good question to ask on a campus 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, were 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 Erlinda Valderas, Ph.D., Principal at Jubilee Westwood, and Grace Leimann Muniz, Associate Superintendent at Jubilee Academies, speak with Inga Cotton on Charter Moms Chats on October 31, 2023 at 4:00 PM Central live on Facebook and YouTube.
Erlinda Valderas, Ph.D., is the Principal at Jubilee Westwood in San Antonio. Dr. Valderas joined Jubiliee Academies as an Assistant Principal in 2021 at Jubliee San Antonio. With over 15 years of experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of curriculum and instruction, literacy and biliteracy, bilingual and ESL education and higher education. Born and raised on the inner west side of San Antonio, Dr. Valderas understands the challenges of making it into and through college. As a first generation college graduate, Dr. Valderas obtained her Doctorate of Philosophy in Culture, Literacy & Language, her Master of Arts degree in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. Throughout her career in education, Dr. Valderas has worked as a bilingual and dual language teacher, curriculum and assessment writer, an instructional coach, college professor and an administrator.
Dr. Valderas has worked for San Antonio ISD, Northside ISD and South San ISD. In addition she has worked for the Texas Education Agency and SAFAL Partners in creating Reading Language Arts state standards (TEKS) and in vetting curriculum materials that would be used throughout the State of Texas.
Dr. Valderas continues to work with teachers, students, and minority populations in an effort to
better curriculum and instructional practices.
Grace Leimann Muniz is Associate Superintendent at Jubilee Academies. Ms. Muniz joined Jubilee Academies in 2011 and has been a trailblazer for the district. With over 20 years of experience in education, she is thrilled to join the Jubilee team as the Associate Superintendent. Ms. Muniz has been in education since 2004. She taught from 2004 to 2011 in Irving ISD, Brownsville ISD, and IDEA Public Schools. After she joined the Jubilee family in 2011, she was a founding administrator for Jubilee Livingway, Jubilee Leadership Academy, and Jubilee Brownsville. While serving as leader and principal for Jubilee Brownsville in 2013–2014, the campus earned four distinctions. In 2016, Ms. Muniz was recruited by the Superintendent to support the expansion and curricular alignment across four regions impacting 12 campuses currently, with an increased enrollment from 4,512 to 6,015 over the past three years.
Ms. Muniz holds a Masters in Administration from Lamar University and a B.A. with Bachelor of Science Applied Learning and Development/Elementary-Spanish, Bilingual ED from the University of Texas in Austin.
She believes that focusing on the whole child through academics, character development, and physical activity will set up our students for a lifetime of success.
Read More About Jubilee Academies
- “Charter Moms Chats — Jubilee Academies, With Dr. Kevin Phillips And Jessica Pastrano,” YouTube, November 10, 2022
- “Viral TikTok films River Walk boat tour floating through graduation ceremony,” Priscilla Aguirre, San Antonio Express-News, August 30, 2022
- “SA school system shuttling students to doctor’s appointments without counting them absent,” Courtney Friedman, KSAT, March 13, 2022
- “Charter Moms Chats — Jubilee Academies In San Antonio, With Kevin Phillips,” YouTube, December 9, 2021
- “Jubilee Academies schools receive $23 million grant for college readiness,” Claire Bryan, San Antonio Express-News, November 4, 2021
- “Hunkering down against COVID, San Antonio’s charter schools are in the mask minefield,” Claire Bryan and Danya Perez, San Antonio Express-News, September 13, 2021
- “Charter Moms Chats — Jubilee Academies, With Kevin Phillips,” YouTube, December 10, 2020
- “Jubilee Academies to provide free breakfast, lunch for students this year,” News 4 San Antonio, August 13, 2020
- “Jubilee San Antonio—Great Graduates 2020,” Kiersten Ehr, KSAT, April 20, 2020
- “10 Charter Schools Fail State Standards as Most Charter Districts Improve,” Emily Donaldson, San Antonio Report, August 15, 2019
- “Trinity launches incubator for new public and charter schools,” Liz Teitz, San Antonio Express-News, May 16, 2019
- “Jubilee Academies,” Performance Charter School Development, 2018
- “Jubilee Highland Hills to Host Student-Led Leadership Event,” Business Wire, January 20, 2018
- “Jubilee Lake View University Prep Is the Newest Campus in the Jubilee Academies Network,” San Antonio Charter Moms, October 27, 2017
- “Jubilee Academic Center Completes Nearly $74 Million Bond Offering,” Business Wire, November 10, 2016
- “Jubilee Academic Center Teaches Leadership Skills in a Family Environment,” San Antonio Charter Moms, 2014