Guide to Enrolling in Prelude Prep Public School in San Antonio for 2021–2022

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Prelude Prep Public School is a new charter school coming to the Southside of San Antonio that will give students a foundation to succeed in school, live purposeful lives, and become leaders in their communities. Prelude Prep is currently accepting applications for grades pre-K–1 for the 2021–2022 school year. We have put together a guide to help you learn more about Prelude Prep Public School in San Antonio and take steps to enroll your child for the next school year.

About Prelude Prep Public Schools

Prelude Prep will open in August 2021 serving students in pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade, expanding to serve grades pre-K–8.

Pre-Prep is the program for students in pre-K, and immerses them in an environment that allows them to develop the foundational academic and social skills to prepare them for life success. Students get to play and participate in hands-on activities to help them develop social and emotional skills, emergent reading and writing, math, science, and social studies, as well as fine arts and physical development.

For students in K–2, the Early Prep program helps students develop a strong personal and academic foundation, preparing them for a future of possibilities. Students build knowledge across all subject areas, including civic education. They also build strong social and emotional learning skills through daily indoor and outdoor play.

The Early Prep curriculum covers several academic focus areas. For English language arts, reading, and writing, students receive systematic phonics instruction, grammar instruction, and build reading and writing skills through a knowledge-based approach, including studying such topics as zoology, family stories, ecology, plants, animal stories, and entomology. In mathematics, students will develop conceptual knowledge and build number fluency. During science lab, students will receive specialized science instruction from a content expert. They will investigate using the scientific method, participate in garden-based learning, and program KIBO robots. For social studies, students will build knowledge of diverse civilizations and cultures, including Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, the culture of Mexico, and other topics that build their knowledge of the world.

Students will learn through indoor and outdoor play, and enjoy meaningful interactions and conversation. For indoor play, students will have access to centers such as blocks and building, art, toys and games, and dramatic play. The goal is to help students learn to solve problems, persist through challenges, self-regulate, build vocabulary skills, and enhance their ability to learn. Students will also enjoy sand and water activities, and daily outdoor recess time.

Prelude Prep will use the Caring School Community program to support the social and emotional learning of students. The school will support students by helping with responsibility, empathy, and cooperation, creating a culture where students feel heard, known and cared for.

Civic education will allow students to engage with the school and the local community in meaningful ways. One pathway for giving back is through sharing produce from the school garden. Students will also study our greater community’s needs and participate in quarterly service projects. In addition, student government will provide opportunities for sharing ideas and interests with school faculty and leadership. Students will attend monthly town hall meetings where they vote on service projects, receive recognition for goals and achievements, participate in activities that build a strong school community, and learn from community leaders.

To learn more about Prelude Prep Public School 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 other families who are also researching schools and can comment with answers based on their own experiences.

Prelude Prep in San Antonio

Prelude Prep is in the process of finalizing their school site and will announce their exact location soon. The campus will be located south of Highway 90 and north of SW Military Drive. The main phone number is 210-780-7661. Because the school is so new, there is no school report card yet.

Download the free San Antonio Charter Schools app for an interactive map of choice schools. You can also find campus information about Prelude Prep Public School (and many other schools of choice) in our Guide to Charter Schools in San Antonio.

Opportunities for Enrollment

Families can apply online to enroll at Prelude Prep Public School in San Antonio. Open enrollment began on November 30, 2020 and ended on March 12, 2021; the lottery was scheduled for March 19, 2021. As of April 2021, there were still open seats available in pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade.

Families can get more information, or ask for help with their enrollment applications, by emailing emrollment@preludeprep.org, calling 210-780-7661, or reaching out through the website. We recommend that you follow these Prelude Prep Public School social media accounts: FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

In addition, please join the San Antonio Charter Moms discussion group on Facebook to post questions and search previous discussions about Prelude Prep Public School.

Facts About Prelude Prep

On the website, the Frequently Asked Questions page offers details about school culture, such as early release days (on Wednesdays) and after-school care.

BES (formerly known as Building Excellent Schools) helped launch Prelude Prep. Founder Lauren Lewis was a BES Fellow.

Prelude Prep Public School is a partner of Choose to Succeed, a nonprofit organization working to attract the nation’s best public charter schools to San Antonio and help successful schools to grow. Learn more about Choose to Succeed in this post.

If you like what you have learned so far about Prelude Prep Public School 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 other families who are researching school options.

Charter Moms Chats

Watch Lauren Lewis, Founder and Superintendent of Prelude Prep Public School, and Laura Rangel, Head of School of Prelude Prep Public School, speak with Inga Cotton on Charter Moms Chats on April 27, 2021 at 4:00 PM Central live on Facebook and YouTube.

Lauren Lewis is the Founder and Superintendent of Prelude Prep Public School, a public charter school opening in August 2021 on the Southside of San Antonio. Before her fellowship with BES, she worked as an elementary school teacher and a music teacher, and served as Principal of a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of New York. She has a masters in education from Fordham University and a bachelors in music from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Laura Rangel is the Head of School of Prelude Prep Public School. Ms. Rangel received a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in English Studies from Texas A&M University at Kingsville, a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Sam Houston State University, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s University. Ms. Rangel holds Texas Certifications in English Language Arts and Reading (4–8), English as a Second Language Supplemental (4–8), and Principal Leadership (EC–12). Ms. Rangel is a distinguished educator with over 12 years of experience. Ms. Rangel began her educational career teaching middle school English Language Arts. Ms. Rangel was recognized as Teacher of the Year during the 2010–2011 and 2014–2015 school years. Ms. Rangel has served in multiple leadership roles from early childhood to high school settings. These positions include Department Chair, Assistant Principal, Early College High School Dean, and Principal. Ms. Rangel has a wide range of school finance and budget experience, analyzing data, evaluating and supporting teachers, serving as campus instructional leader, program management, marketing, enrollment, campus and district fundraising, parent-community outreach, and grant management. Ms. Rangel has also successfully developed an Early College High School program for an established school in San Antonio. Ms. Rangel formed a partnership with Texas A&M University at San Antonio which allowed students to earn dual credit college credits at no cost and many students in this program earned full scholarships to Texas A&M University at San Antonio. Ms. Rangel’s educational experience has allowed her to collaborate with a diverse group of people to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being. Her educational philosophy is based on her uncompromising belief that all students can learn given a strong and knowledgeable leadership team, committed and focused academics, and an encouraging community.

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