Guide to Enrolling at Valor Education San Antonio in 2024–25

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Valor Education is a Texas-based charter school network offering students a full human education rooted in the classical liberal arts tradition, from the Great Books to fine arts to advanced math and science. They are expanding to San Antonio. On September 18, 2023, Valor Education will begin accepting applications for enrollment for the 2024–25 school year, and open enrollment continues through January 29, 2024. We have put together a guide to help you learn more about Valor San Antonio and take steps to enroll your child for the 2024–25 school year.

About Valor Education

Valor Education was founded in 2016 to promote a broad, deep, and authentic vision of education—one that recognizes and nourishes the human desire for wisdom, virtue, friendship, and community. In 2018, Valor opened its first classical charter school, Valor South Austin, serving grades K–8. In the Austin region, Valor North Austin opened in 2020, Valor Kyle in 2022, and Valor Leander in 2023. The Valor Institute launched in 2019 and currently offers dozens of academic retreats and seminars. In the future, Valor will expand to Arizona.

Valor’s distinctive K–12 tuition-free classical charter schools offer students a full human education rooted in the classical liberal arts tradition, from the Great Books to fine arts to advanced math and science. During their time at Valor, all students memorize poetry, read and discuss the Great Books, participate in nature studies, learn Latin, serve in their community, care for plants and animals, explore the fine arts, and have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular clubs and competitive athletics.  

In 2022–23, Valor Education serves over 2,200 students in central Texas. Through Socratic teaching and a school culture filled with joy, respect, and deep engagement, their classical schools are forming students in wisdom and virtue so they can become fully alive and truly free. A Valor education is an invitation to live the fullest life possible, one directed by wisdom, animated by virtue, and anchored in friendship. 

For more information about Valor Education, we recommend you read the news stories 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 Valor San Antonio families who can comment with answers about their own experiences.

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Valor Education in San Antonio

Valor Education has one campus in San Antonio located at 4300 Centerview Dr., San Antonio, TX 78228 (map). The campus will serve students in grades K–9 in 2024–25, expanding one grade level per year to eventually serve grades K–12. The main phone number is 210-903-0383. Valor San Antonio is too new to have a campus report card yet, but on its district report card, based on the performance of its Austin-area campuses, Valor Education earned an A rating.

Download the free San Antonio Charter Schools app for an interactive map that includes charter school campuses near you. You can also find campus information about Valor Education (and many other schools of choice) on our page Guide to Charter Schools in San Antonio.  

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Enroll at Valor San Antonio

Families can apply online to enroll their children at Valor. Limited seats are still available for the current 2023–24 school year. For families applying for the 2024–25 school year, open enrollment will begin on September 18, 2023. Applications received on or before January 29, 2024 will be included in the lottery on January 30, 2024. The students who are selected will receive an email inviting them to register, while the other students will be placed on waiting lists; if a spot becomes available, they will be notified. Valor San Antonio will continue to enroll students after January 30, 2024 as long as space is available.

There is a page of enrollment FAQs on Valor’s website. Families can use the contact form on Valor’s website to join the interest list. They can also email or call 210-903-0383 for more information.

We recommend following these accounts on social media: Valor Education on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. To sign up for a Parent Info Night or Valor campus tour, visit the Valor Education Eventbrite. These are great opportunities to learn more about Valor San Antonio and meet with leadership.

In addition, please join the San Antonio Charter Moms discussion group on Facebook to post questions and search previous discussions about Valor. The group includes families who currently have students enrolled at Valor San Antonio and can help answer your questions.

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Facts About Valor Education

Valor’s motto, sapientia per admirationem, points to the fundamental task of cultivating and promoting a deep sense of wonder in every student. Each school offers a robust student life experience including service opportunities, wilderness expeditions, extracurricular clubs, school festivals and celebrations, leadership and mentorship opportunities, and field trips. Through Valor’s Human Encounter program, students spend meaningful time with older people, people with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged individuals in their community. Valor students embark on two Wilderness Expeditions during their Freshman and Junior years. In the backcountry, free from the distractions often present in our contemporary life, students awaken to a deepened sense of wonder for the natural world. Extracurricular clubs at Valor vary from campus to campus but may include art, strings, drama, robotics, chess, Latin, science, gardening, and personal fitness. School festivals and celebrations, such as Fall Fest, Upper School dances, the Integrated Humanities Program Symposium, and the Valor Games, promote a spirit of joy and friendship across the student body.

Valor Education Wilderness Expedition

The Valor Institute brings together people who wish to enlarge their experience through shared conversation, reading, and recreational encounters with the natural world. With centers in Austin and San Diego, the Valor Institute offers a variety of programs involving teachers, college students, professors, artists, scientists, and professionals to cultivate wisdom, gratitude, and friendship as a community.

Charter Moms Chats

Watch Dr. Mark Discher, Headmaster at Valor San Antonio, and Erin Fonner, Director of Marketing and Communications at Valor Education, speak with Inga Cotton on Charter Moms Chats on September 7, 2023 at 4:00 PM Central live on Facebook and YouTube.

Dr. Mark Discher has been in the field of education for over thirty years. He received a B.A. from Wheaton College, an M.Div. from Fuller Seminary, an S.T.M. from Yale University, and his doctorate from Oxford University. He and his wife have three school-aged children. Dr. Discher has taught at colleges and universities across the country, including Ottawa University, University of St. Thomas, Benedictine College, and the College of St. Mary Magdalen. An entrepreneur, Dr. Discher operated a trucking company in his home state of Illinois for nearly a decade. Recently, he pioneered two classical charter schools in the Phoenix area. Aside from teaching, reading, and writing, Dr. Discher enjoys music and building model railroads with his sons.

Erin Fonner is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Valor Education. Prior to joining the Valor team, she founded a successful marketing firm and has helped clients develop their brands, refine their messaging, and develop marketing strategies. Mrs. Fonner was also the Director of Marketing for Mission of Hope, a non-profit that serves in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and was a Marketing Strategist with The Fury Group in Houston. In 2005, Mrs. Fonner was awarded a Fulbright grant and taught English Grammar at the collegiate level at la Universidad Austral de Chile. Prior to her time abroad, she was the Director of Communications for New Church Initiatives and a Study Abroad Advisor for Texas A&M University. A proud Texas Aggie, she received her B.A. in Communication, Business, and Spanish.

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