The School of Science and Technology (SST) is a network of charter schools that offers a curriculum focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), on campuses that have a close-knit and spirited culture. On November 1, 2019, SST San Antonio began accepting applications for enrollment for the 2020–2021 school year. We have put together a guide to help you learn more about SST San Antonio and take steps to enroll your child for the next school year.
About SST San Antonio
Since its founding in 2005 in San Antonio, SST has focused on offering a rigorous education with an emphasis on math and science courses and projects that allow students to apply their knowledge in computer science and engineering. The school environment is safe and inclusive, and encourages students to act responsibly and give back to their community. SST serves a diverse group of students.
The maker space at SST Northwest shows these values in action. In the maker space, teachers have room to set out the materials for students to do projects that apply their STEM knowledge to the real world. The maker space has 3D printers, and at another SST campus, a student created a 3D-printed prosthetic hand for a boy who had been born with an underdeveloped hand.
In the maker space at SST Northwest—and every SST campus—there are computer labs for students to learn coding. The SST curriculum introduces coding to pre-K and kindergarten students through playful activities. SST Northwest Principal Abel De Leon wants SST students to grow up as “coding natives.” In the future, more jobs will depend on students having a working knowledge of coding, and SST graduates will have a comfort level with coding as a tool for bringing their dreams into reality.
The maker space also includes a tank for building and testing submersible robots. SST students participate in many types of robotics activities, including LEGO robotics for younger kids and building up to FIRST Robotics Competition. They build small-scale solar cars and work their way up to full-size solar cars that they can ride and compete in.
These opportunities for project-based learning allow students to apply the STEM knowledge they have learned in class to real life challenges. They can use their creativity when choosing problems to test and can build resilience while overcoming obstacles to reach their goals.
To read more about SST 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 SST families who can comment with answers based on their own experiences.
SST in San Antonio
In 2020–21, SST will have five schools in the San Antonio region, and has plans to keep growing. These campuses earned high scores on the state’s most recent school report cards. For SST, the school report cards can be hard to interpret because the San Antonio campuses are split across two districts, and those districts include campuses from other regions, i.e., Houston and Corpus Christi. Nevertheless, the district that includes SST Alamo & SST San Antonio earned a B and the district that includes SST Discovery & SST Northwest earned an A. The list below includes links to each campus’s school report cards.
- School of Science and Technology Alamo: 11214 N. Weidner Rd., San Antonio, TX 78233 (map); 210-657-6400; grades PK–8; school report card—rated A
- School of Science and Technology Discovery: 5707 Bandera Rd., Leon Valley, TX 78238; 210-543-1111; grades K–8; school report card—rated B
- School of Science and Technology Hill Country: 9100 TX-1604 Loop, San Antonio, TX 78254 (map); 210-350-8943; grades PK–6
- School of Science and Technology Northwest: 12042 Culebra Rd., San Antonio, TX 78253 (map); 210-763-1713; grades PK–6; school report card—rated A
- School of Science and Technology San Antonio: 1450 NE Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78209; 210-804-0222; grades 6–12; school report card—rated A
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 SST (and many other schools of choice) on our page Guide to Charter Schools in San Antonio.
Enroll at SST
Families can apply online to enroll their children at SST. Open enrollment for 2020–2021 began on November 1, 2019 and will continue through February 1, 2020. Within 15 days, SST will hold a random lottery. Students who are selected will receive a notice inviting them to register; the remaining students will be placed on waiting lists, and will be notified if a spot becomes available. Find more information at SST’s Frequently Asked Questions and application FAQ.
During application season, there will be school tours and other events in the community for families to learn more about SST. If you need more information, or want to schedule a school tour, reach out to each campus:
- SST Alamo: Call 210-657-6400 or email the campus registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SST Discovery: Call 210-543-1111 or email the campus registrar at email@example.com.
- SST Hill Country: Call 210-688-9758 or email the campus registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SST Northwest: Call 210-688-9990 or email the campus registrar at email@example.com. You can also schedule a tour online.
- SST San Antonio: Call 210-804-0222 or email the campus registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also recommend following these SST social media accounts:
- SST on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
- SST Alamo on Facebook and Twitter
- SST Discovery on Facebook and Instagram
- SST Hill Country on Facebook
- SST Northwest on Facebook and Instagram
- SST San Antonio on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
In addition, please join the San Antonio Charter Moms discussion group on Facebook to post questions and search previous discussions about SST.
Facts About SST
The curriculum at SST is built around helping every student graduate with a strong understanding of STEM and an appreciation of how it connects to problems in the real world. The schools also work to build citizenship, a strong work ethic, and a sense of community among students. Those values are visible in the course work, projects, and extracurricular activities that SST students participate in.
In grades from pre-K to third, students build a foundation in reading, writing, and math. They also get an introduction to computer coding through fun activities that feel more like play. In fourth grade, the emphasis on STEM subjects grows. Younger students also experience character education to build social-emotional awareness and teach teamwork, respect, and honesty. SST offers enrichment to gifted and talented students, including pullout sessions and additional lab time.
In higher grades, students have access to specialized courses to help them prepare for careers and higher education in STEM fields. To get a picture of how this works, visit the website for the SST main campus and look at the variety of offerings in the high school course catalog. Students have access to honors, AP, and dual credit courses. By building relationships with families (including through home visits), SST schools supports students as they plan for high school graduation and success in college.
To build team spirit and community, SST schools offer athletics programs. At SST main campus and SST Alamo sports include basketball, cross country, volleyball, and soccer. Clubs at SST main campus include STEM activities like robotics (BEST-FTC-FRC, FLL, and SeaPerch), cybersecurity, Rubik’s Cube, Mathcounts, and solar car, as well as comics, drama, glee club, choir, photography/video, folk dance, and Turkish speech. Community service hours are part of the graduation requirements for high school students.
SST 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.
Read More About SST
- “San Antonio Charter School Pre-K Options and Resources,” Amy Johnson, San Antonio Charter Moms, November 27, 2019
- “10 Charter Schools Fail State Standards as Most Charter Districts Improve,” Emily Donaldson, Rivard Report, August 15, 2019
- “UTSA professors recognized for improving STEM education in San Antonio,” Kara Soria, UTSA Today, May 30, 2019
- “School of Science and Technology Plans 4 New Campuses in San Antonio,” Emily Donaldson, Rivard Report, December 6, 2018
- “School of Science and Technology Expands Footprint into Far West,” Emily Donaldson, Rivard Report, September 10, 2018
- “School of Science and Technology: Preparing Students of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow,” Abel F. De Leon, Rivard Report, June 22, 2018
- “San Antonio teen’s computer science project gives boy a hand,” Alia Malik, San Antonio Express-News, March 8, 2017
- “Join Texans Talking About The Inauguration—Tweet With #TrumpTX,” Shelley D. Kofler & Tricia Schwennesen, Texas Public Radio, January 17, 2017