Pre-K Charter School Options and Resources in San Antonio

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San Antonio families know about the benefits of enrolling their children in high quality early childhood education programs, but the cost of preschool can be intimidating. Fortunately, there are a number of San Antonio charter schools that offer pre-K. For families who are eligible, these charter schools offer tuition-fee pre-K. Students who don’t qualify for free pre-K may still be able to enroll at a reduced tuition rate; we recommend that you ask each program for details about eligibility and costs.

When researching pre-K at charter schools, it’s good to ask questions to make sure the school is a good fit for your children. Some preschools follow a child-centered learning model, such as Montessori; we have a blog post to help you learn more about different learning models. Depending on your family’s schedule, you may be looking for a half-day program or a full-day program; you may also need before- and after-school care to match with your work schedule. The class size, number of teachers and aides, and the student-teacher ratio are all factors that impact the school culture. Preschool students are too young to take the STAAR test, so their performance is not reflected in school report cards.

The schools listed in this preschool guide are all public schools, including open enrollment public charter schools, in-district charter schools that are part of traditional public school districts, and municipal entities. For more information about these terms, have a look at our blog post about school models. Elsewhere on this website you’ll find helpful information about private preschools. We have an overall list of choice schools in San Antonio on our guide page.

Each of these schools has its own enrollment process and application timeline. We have a blog post to help you understand the overall school search timeline. Some good rules of thumb: you should start your search about a year before your child would start school, and you should apply to more than one school to improve their chances of getting an offer to enroll rather than being waitlisted. A key date to remember for early childhood programs is the September 1 cutoff. In order for your child to enroll in kindergarten, they will need to turn five years old by September 1 of that school year; the same rule applies for students turning four to enroll in PK-4 and students turning three to enroll in PK-3.

We hope these resources help you find a high quality early childhood education program that you can afford and will help your children start to develop the social and academic skills that will help them succeed in kindergarten—and have fun!

San Antonio Charter Schools that Offer Pre-K

Bexar County Academy

1485 Hillcrest Dr., San Antonio, TX 78228 (map); 210-432-8600; grades PK3–8

Compass Rose Public Schools

East Central ISD Schools of Choice

Edgewood ISD Schools of Innovation

Essence Prep

439 SE Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78220 (map); 210-997-5636; serving grades PK–6 in 2023–24, expanding to grades PK–8

Foundation School for Autism

2235 Thousand Oaks Dr., Ste. 130, San Antonio, TX 78232 (map); 210-402-0253; grades PK3–1

George Gervin Academy

George Gervin Academy also has community partnerships to provide pre-K at additional locations. These partners include Parent Child Incorporated (PCI), Family Service Association, Bailey’s Child Development Center, and Books & Bibs Learning Academy.

Harmony Public Schools—San Antonio

Heritage Academy

8750 Fourwinds Dr., Windcrest, TX 78239 (map); 210-354-7753; grades PK–8

Jubilee Academies

KIPP Texas—San Antonio Public Schools

KIPP Somos Primary: 8915 Callaghan Rd., San Antonio, TX 78230 (map); grades PK4–2 in 2023–24, growing to PK4–5; 210-888-6420

Legacy Traditional School—Texas

Lighthouse Public Schools

8138 Westshire Dr., San Antonio, TX 78227 (map); 210-236-7693; mobile app; grades PK3–12

North East ISD Magnet Schools

Pre-K Academy at West Avenue: 3915 West Ave, San Antonio, TX 78213 (map); 210-407-8600; grade PK; open to students who live in NEISD, with priority for students zoned for Dellview, Olmos, Jackson-Keller, Castle Hills, or Colonial Hills elementary schools (all in the LEE cluster)

Pre-K 4 SA

  • East Education Center: 5230 Eisenhauer Rd., San Antonio, TX 78218 (map); 210-206-2850; DFPS Child Care
  • North Education Center: 3635 Medical Dr., San Antonio, TX 78229 (map); 210-206-2800; DFPS Child Care
  • South Education Center: located through May 2024 at 7031 S. New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio, TX 78223 (map); relocating by August 2024 to the corner of S. W.W. White Rd. and E. Southcross (map); 210-206-2700; DFPS Child Care
  • West Education Center: 1235 Old Hwy. 90, San Antonio, TX 78227 (map); 210-206-2900; DFPS Child Care

Prelude Prep

1707 Centennial Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78211 (map); 210-780-7661; grades PK–4 in 2023–24, expanding to PK–8

SAISD Choice Schools

School of Science and Technology (SST)

Southwest Preparatory School (Southwest Prep)

Other San Antonio Pre-K Resources

Pre-K 4 SA

Probably the most well-known pre-K resource in San Antonio is the city-funded Pre-K 4 SA program, which has partnerships with local school districts to serve eligible four-year-olds. Eighty percent of the enrolled students are eligible to attend tuition-free, and the other 20 percent pay tuition on a sliding scale. There are currently four Pre-K 4 SA campuses. Fine more information in our enrollment guide blog post


The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) offers resources for parents, including tips for what to look for in a program. Accreditation by the NAEYC is a sign of a high quality early childhood education program.

Official Texas Child Care Search

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services offers an online search so families can locate licensed child care centers and in-home daycares. For each child care center, the profile includes data on inspections, incidents, deficiencies, etc.

Ask for Scholarship Information

If you’re looking outside of the above resources, be sure to look into whether the preschool programs you’re researching offer scholarships or sliding-scale tuition options. Many of them will have information on their website if they do, and you can always ask in a brief phone call. 

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