Due to severe weather, we have cancelled our School Discovery Day at O. P. Schnabel Park that was planned for January 15, 2022. Please visit the School Discovery Day page for information about upcoming events, and peruse this blog post for information about schools of choice on the Northwest Side of San Antonio and the and Far West Side.
At San Antonio Charter Moms, one of our goals is helping families to navigate the school search process. A great way for families to learn about schools is to visit a School Discovery Day event. Our series continues with a School Discovery Day at O. P. Schnabel Park on January 15, 2022 at 10 AM–2 PM.
What to Expect at School Discovery Day
The Northwest Side of San Antonio is growing fast, and new charter schools are opening in that part of town, as well as the Far West Side. In 2021, Anne Frank Inspire Academy — NW Military Campus opened at the JCC. In 2022, these new campuses will open in the area: BASIS San Antonio Jack Lewis Jr. Campus, Great Hearts Invictus, and Harmony School of Science—San Antonio. That’s why we are holding a School Discovery Day on the Northwest Side in January 2022, when San Antonio’s choice schools will be continuing to enroll students for the 2022–23 school year. 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 12 choice schools, plus one proposed school, that appeal to a wide range of learners. All of the schools coming to our O. P. Schnabel Park event are accessible to families living on the Northwest Side of San Antonio, and well as fast-growing neighborhoods on the Far West Side. 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.
O. P. Schnabel Park has pavilions, a playground, trails, sports fields, and a YMCA. We will make the most of this setting with activities to create a fun atmosphere. Additional events in our School Discovery Day series 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.
Here is a list of participating schools for the School Discovery Day at O. P. Schnabel Park:
- Anne Frank Inspire Academy
- BASIS Charter Schools
- Brooks Academies
- CAST Schools
- Compass Rose Public Schools
- The Gathering Place
- Great Hearts Texas
- Harmony Public Schools
- IDEA Public Schools
- SAISD Choice Schools
- School of Science and Technology (SST)
- St. Mary Magdalen — San Antonio Catholic Schools
Celebrate Dyslexia Schools, a proposed charter school, will also be present.
While you are visiting and learning about schools, have fun with these extra activities:
- Dance to the beats with young DJs from The AM Project
- Meet the animals from Once in a Wild Zoo
- Enjoy a hot dog or some hot chocolate from Dolittle’s food cart
- Get fancy with face painting
Visit all the tables and come back to the San Antonio Charter Moms table to spin the prize wheel and enter our raffle for fun prizes, including gift cards. Our team is eager to share about how you can find schools that are the right fit for your children, and how to be an advocate for high quality education in our community.
When and Where to Visit School Discovery Day
San Antonio Charter Moms School Discovery Day at O. P. Schnabel Park will be on Saturday, January 15 at 10 AM–2 PM.
The Graff Pavilion is covered and has picnic tables and restrooms. There is a playground next to the pavilion. O. P. Schnabel Park has a trailhead on the Leon Creek greenway trail, part of San Antonio’s citywide greenway trails system.
Read More About Discovering Schools
- School Discovery Day at Hemisfair on November 7, 2021
- “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