SAISD Enrollment Guide for Choice Schools in 2022–23

Hallway at Lamar Elementary in SAISD | SAISD Choice Schools Enrollment Guide for 2021-2022

San Antonio ISD has a wide range of choice schools, serving grades pre-K through 12, and offering diverse education models such as dual language, project-based learning, Montessori, International Baccalaureate, and career-focused programs. On October 12, 2021, SAISD Choice Schools began accepting applications for enrollment for the 2022–23 school year. Open enrollment continues until January 14, 2021. We have put together a guide to help you learn more about SAISD registration at Choice Schools and take steps to enroll your child for the next school year.

About SAISD

Founded in 1899, SAISD is the third largest school district in Bexar County, and the 13th largest in Texas. The district boundaries include San Antonio’s central business district, world-renowned tourism hubs, posh historic neighborhoods, and areas of multigenerational poverty. Over the decades, SAISD enrollment has ebbed and flowed based on redlining, white flight to the suburbs, the growth of charter schools, and gentrification, but recently stabilized before the pandemic.

San Antonio ISD currently has an interim superintendent, Robert A. Jaklich, Ed.D. Under the leadership of Pedro Martinez, who served as superintendent from 2015 to 2021, San Antonio ISD has adopted a system of great schools model. The theory is that a traditional public school district can evolve into a 21st century education system by adopting some of the best practices of charter schools, such as offering families a variety of educational models, giving more autonomy to campus-level school leaders, and closing the least effective schools in the portfolio. These strategies give traditional public school districts the opportunity to effectively compete with charter schools for student enrollment, and they have the long-term effect of raising the overall quality of public education in a community.

Under the leadership of former Chief Innovation Officer Mohammed Choudhury, SAISD is worked deliberately to ensure that families of all socioeconomic levels had equitable access to choice schools. The team in the Office of Innovation studied census tracts in SAISD for factors such as income level, educational attainment, single-parent households, and home ownership. The Office of Access and Enrollment Services, which works closely with the Office of Innovation to build choice schools and programs, ensures that some seats at choice schools are reserved for students from the most underprivileged census blocks, with a goal of creating diverse-by-design schools

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

SAISD Choice Schools

In 2022–23, San Antonio ISD will operate nearly 90 schools, of which 43 are choice schools or have a choice/magnet program. Magnet programs in this district (aside from YWLA Secondary) are not selective, meaning they require no additional screening or testing to enroll. In 2019, on their most recent district report card, SAISD earned a B—a significant improvement over past scores. The list below includes links to each campus’s school report cards. 

SAISD’s Office of Access and Enrollment Services has online resources and in-person help for families who are navigating choice schools. Here are some quick links to essential information on the web:

To get in-person help on SAISD enrollment, reach out to the staff at the Office of Access and Enrollment Services at 210-554-2660 or text them at 210-309-3259. Email them at choice@saisd.net.

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 choice schools in SAISD choice schools (and other networks) on our page Guide to Charter Schools in San Antonio.

SAISD Enrollment Key Dates Deadlines English

SAISD Registration & Enrollment at Choice Schools

To register their students at SAISD, families can apply online or download a paper application. According to the school choice timeline, the application window for 2022–23 opened on October 12, 2021 and will close on January 14, 2022. Offers will be announced on January 24, 2022; the deadline to accept those offers will be February 7, 2022. Another round of offers went out to waitlisted families on March 1, and those families had two business days to accept. For schools that still have seats available, a second application window opened on March 24 and close on April 16, 2021. Find more information at the FAQ.

SAISD is offering information sessions about choice schools and for particular programs and campuses, both in-person and virtual. Learn about upcoming events at saisdchoice.com and on social media.

This two-page handout explains the timeline and deadlines for 2022–23.


SAISD 2022-23 Choice Timeline & Deadlines English Revised 10-29-2021 p1
SAISD 2022-23 Choice Timeline & Deadlines English Revised 10-29-2021 p2We also recommend following these SAISD social media accounts:

In addition, please join the San Antonio Charter Moms discussion group on Facebook to post questions and search for previous discussions about SAISD enrollment at choice schools. The group includes current SAISD families who will comment and share about their own experiences at SAISD Choice Schools.

Organizations That Lift Up SAISD

SAISD’s turnaround efforts have been under intense scrutiny for the past several years. We encourage readers to not just sit on the sidelines, but to get involved in the effort. The success of SAISD benefits the whole community, from the students and their families, to the future well-educated workforce. Here are some suggestions of ways to get involved:

San Antonio ISD has gone through a major transformation involving developing many new choice schools, expanding dual language programs, and creating diverse-by-design schools. For families, it’s a brave new world of navigating school choice, with innovative school models to explore. The education reformers, the families of SAISD students, and the entire community are hoping, under new leadership, SAISD will continue to grow as a successful urban school district that provides high quality education equitably to all its residents.

Learn More About SAISD Enrollment | Charter Moms Chats 

Watch Karen Galván, Special Projects Coordinator in the Office of Access and Enrollment Services at San Antonio ISD, speak with Inga Cotton on Charter Moms Chats on November 16, 2021 at 4:00 PM Central live on Facebook and YouTube.

Karen Galván is the Special Projects Coordinator in the Office of Access and Enrollment Services at San Antonio ISD.  SAISD has over 40 different Choice offerings open to all students in Bexar County, including two high schools recognized among the best performing in the nation.


Watch Andre’a Pitts, Principal of Young Women’s Leadership Academy Primary, and Veronica Garza, Assistant Principal at Irving Dual Language Academy, speak with Inga Cotton on Charter Moms Chats on April 14, 2021 at 4:00 PM Central live on Facebook and YouTube.


Watch Derrick Brown, Principal of Young Men’s Leadership Academy, and Kaye Robinson, Coordinator at Cyber P-TECH USA at Sam Houston High School in San Antonio ISD, speak with Inga Cotton on Charter Moms Chats on April 12, 2021 at 4:00 PM Central live on Facebook and YouTube.


Watch Tricia Baumer, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Office of Access and Enrollment Services at San Antonio ISD, speak with Inga Cotton on Charter Moms Chats on November 17, 2020 at 4:00 PM Central live on Facebook and YouTube.

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