At San Antonio Charter Moms, one of our goals is helping families to navigate the school search process. That’s why we are bringing back School Discovery Days! As enrollment season for the 2022–23 school year gets underway, we are kicking off the School Discovery Day series with an even at Hemisfair on November 7, 11 AM–2 PM.
What to Expect at School Discovery Day
As enrollment season for San Antonio’s choice schools gets underway for the 2022–23 school year, we are holding the first School Discovery Day of the series at Hemisfair’s Yanaguana Garden. School Discovery Days connect families with schools in an efficient, face-to-face format that enables them to interact directly with multiple school representatives in one convenient location.
This School Discovery Day will include 14 choice schools appealing to a wide range of learners. All of the schools coming to our Hemisfair event are accessible to families living in central San Antonio—the area inside Loop 410. Families will have the opportunity to meet school representatives, ask questions, get on interest lists and learn about application processes and deadlines. Additionally, families can receive hands-on guidance from San Antonio Charter Moms team members on navigating the nonprofit’s online tools and resources designed to simplify the search and application process.
“Whether families are interested in a magnet program, a public charter school, or even a dual language school, the most direct way to decide if a school is the right fit for your student is to talk one-on-one with school representatives. We are thrilled to bring back our popular School Discovery Days after taking a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” says San Antonio Charter Moms Founder and Executive Director Inga Cotton.
Guests can enjoy the many fun, built-in amenities at Yanaguana Garden including a splash pad, sand play area, table games, swings, climbing structures, Adirondack chairs, picnic tables and more. Future Discovery Days will follow a similar program with a focus on different sets of schools.
“Our goal is to reach all areas of the city with a fun day that educates families not only about their school options but also the importance of planning ahead so that those options remain viable choices,” Cotton says.
Why You Should Visit School Discovery Day
San Antonio is home to no fewer than 150 choice schools offering a diverse landscape designed to accommodate a wide range of learners in every part of the city. Whether enrolling a child for the first time, making up for learning loss brought on by the pandemic, or seeking the best fit for unique learning styles, we are here to help parents make informed decisions.
“Zip codes no longer dictate the quality of education our children receive,” says Cotton. “Many parents are surprised and overwhelmed by so many options and with figuring out the best fit for their child. We simplify that process.”
Who Will Be at School Discovery Day
Our goal at San Antonio Charter Moms is to serve as a trusted one-stop shop for parents and caregivers on the hunt for high-quality schools. We empower parents to advocate for their children’s education regardless of where they live. The San Antonio Charter Moms website offers a wealth of education-based information, including an in-depth School Choice Guide with maps—also accessible via a mobile app—for open enrollment and in-district charter schools in and around San Antonio, a diverse and active online, Facebook discussion group for exchanging school choice stories, advice, and more.
Participating schools for the first School Discovery Day include Anne Frank Inspire Academies, Brooks Academies of Texas, CAST Schools, Compass Rose Public Schools, George Gervin Academy, Harmony Public Schools, KIPP Texas, Legacy Traditional Schools, Lighthouse Public Schools, Prelude Prep, Promesa Academy, Royal Public Schools, SAISD Choice Schools, and School of Science and Technology.
We will also be welcoming Once in a Wild Zoo, a mobile petting zoo. They will bring a few animals for kids to interact with, and will be on hand to answer questions about the animals.
When and Where to Visit the School Discovery Day
San Antonio Charter Moms School Discovery Day at Hemisfair will be on Sunday, November 7 at 11 AM–2 PM.
Come find us in Yanaguana Garden at Hemisfair at the Central Games Plaza. The parking garage at The ’68 is nearby, as is the South Alamo Lot behind Magik Theatre. Find more information about driving directions, parking, other modes of transportation.
The Central Games Plaza, where we’ll be holding our School Discovery Day event, is surrounded by kid-friendly features like the playground, swings, splash pad, and sand play area. Nearby businesses include CommonWealth Coffee House, Dough Pizzeria, and Paletería San Antonio.
Get updates and reminders about School Discovery Day at Hemisfair by clicking “going” to our Facebook event or registering on Eventbrite. See you there!
Charter Moms Chats
Inga Cotton, Founder and Executive Director of San Antonio Charter Moms, will go live on November 1, 2021 at 4:00 PM Central on Facebook and YouTube.
Inga Cotton is the Founder and Executive Director of San Antonio Charter Moms. She graduated from Trinity University with a bachelor’s degree in history and earned a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She has two children attending charter schools: Annika is in sixth grade at the School of Science and Technology—Alamo, and Nicholas is in ninth grade at the School of Science and Technology—San Antonio. San Antonio Charter Moms began in April 2012 as a blog where Inga could spread the word about new charter schools opening in the area and share her thoughts about searching for schools that are the right fit for her own children. By 2018, the blog evolved into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and now shares information across many platforms—including social media, live videos, podcasts, a mobile app, newsletters, and an online discussion group—and covers many types of schools, including in-district charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, homeschooling, online schools, microschools, and enrichment activities. Inga speaks on a variety of education topics and encourages families to become more civically engaged and advocate for better education in our community.
Read More About Discovering Schools
- “Stephanie Adams Shares Her School Search Experience,” Stephanie Adams, San Antonio Charter Moms, May 2, 2021
- “Charter School Applications: What I Wish I Knew,” Inga Cotton, San Antonio Charter Moms, January 14, 2021
- “Tools for Researching the Best Schools in San Antonio,” San Antonio Charter Moms, February 25, 2020
- “Searching for Charter Schools in San Antonio: What You Can Do in January,” San Antonio Charter Moms, January 17, 2019