Prelude Preparatory School, known as Prelude Prep, is a charter school on the Southside of San Antonio that gives students a foundation to succeed in school, live purposeful lives, and become leaders in their communities. Prelude Prep is currently accepting applications for the current school year, as well as enrolling students for the upcoming 2024–25 school year. We have put together a guide to help you learn more about Prelude Preparatory School in San Antonio and take steps to enroll your child.
About Prelude Preparatory School
Prelude Prep opened on the Southside of San Antonio in August 2021 serving young children and continues to expand every year, with a goal to educate students in grades PK–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. Prelude Prep offers a tuition-based pre-K program for families that do not qualify for free pre-K.
For students in grades 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 develop conceptual knowledge and build number fluency. During science lab, students receive specialized science instruction from a content expert. They investigate using the scientific method, participate in garden-based learning, and program robots. For social studies, students 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 learn through indoor and outdoor play, and enjoy meaningful interactions and conversation. For indoor play, students 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 also enjoy sand and water activities, and daily outdoor recess time.
Prelude Prep offers the Lower Prep program for grades 3–5. Students in Lower Prep build on the strong foundation they have received in the earlier years. The rigorous curriculum builds knowledge across all subject areas, teaches social and emotional learning skills, and involves students in civic education. Students participate in hands-on, engaging assignments where they are challenged and supported to meet high levels of excellence.
Prelude Prep uses 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 allows 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 also study our greater community’s needs and participate in quarterly service projects. In addition, student government provides opportunities for sharing ideas and interests with school faculty and leadership. Students 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 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 Prelude Prep families who can comment with answers based on their own experiences.
Prelude Prep in San Antonio
The Prelude Prep campus is located at 1707 Centennial Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78211 (map). The main phone number is 210-780-7661. As seen on the 2023–24 calendar, the school follows a traditional academic calendar. To date, the school has only served young students who do not yet take standardized tests, so there are no letter grade ratings on the district report card or the school report card.
Download the free San Antonio Charter Schools app for an interactive map of choice schools. You can also find campus information about Prelude Prep (and many other schools of choice) in our Guide to Charter Schools in San Antonio.
Enrolling at Prelude Preparatory School
Families can apply online to enroll at Prelude Preparatory School in San Antonio. They are currently accepting applications for the current school year for pre-K through fourth grade. Soon the school will begin enrolling students for the upcoming 2024–25 school year in grades PK–5.
Families can get more information, or ask for help with their enrollment applications, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 210-780-7661, reaching out through the website, or scheduling a school tour. Find more information about enrollment in the FAQ.
In addition, please join the San Antonio Charter Moms discussion group on Facebook to post questions and search previous discussions about Prelude Preparatory 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. Pre-K at Prelude Prep is a full day program.
Prelude Prep 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.
If you like what you have learned so far about Prelude Preparatory 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 current Prelude Prep families.
Charter Moms Chats
Watch Lauren Lewis, Founder and Superintendent of Prelude Preparatory School, and Laura Rangel, Head of School of Prelude Preparatory School, speak with Inga Cotton on Charter Moms Chats on September 28, 2023 at 4:00 PM Central live on Facebook and YouTube.
Lauren Lewis is the Founder and Superintendent of Prelude Preparatory School, a public charter school on the Southside of San Antonio. Before her fellowship with BES, Ms. Lewis 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 at Prelude Preparatory s. 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—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—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.
Read More About Prelude Prep
- “Charter Moms Chats — Prelude Preparatory School, With Lauren Lewis And Laura Rangel,” YouTube, October 27, 2022
- “Charter Moms Chats — Enrollment At Prelude Prep, With Lauren Lewis And Laura Rangel,” YouTube, January 25, 2022
- “Prelude Prep Welcomes Students for Its First School Year on San Antonio’s Southside,” San Antonio Charter Moms, August 9, 2021
- “Charter Moms Chats — Prelude Prep, With Lauren Lewis And Laura Rangel,” YouTube, April 27, 2021
- “Two new charter school operators approved to open in San Antonio next year,” Andres Picon and Alia Malik, San Antonio Express-News, September 11, 2020
- “2 new Southside charter schools receive State approval,” Emily Donaldson, San Antonio Report, September 10, 2020
- “3 New San Antonio Charter Schools Plan to Open in Fall 2020,” Emily Donaldson, San Antonio Report, April 27, 2020
- “Former South San Antonio ISD leaders pushing charter schools,” Ashley McBride, San Antonio Express-News, March 2, 2020
- “New charter school hopefuls eye San Antonio for expansion,” Liz Teitz, San Antonio Express-News, February 22, 2019