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For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools systems in San Antonio and Del Rio, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children as well.

To be enrolled in a Texas school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Sept. 1 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should take the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, the child’s previous school records and immunizations records. Check with the school for additional requirements. Minimum required immunizations for a child enrolling in kindergarten are: four doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; three doses of polio; two doses of measles, mumps and rubella; three doses of hepatitis B; two doses of varicella; and two doses of Hepatitis A. One dose of meningococcal is required for seventh through 12th grades. For more details on Texas minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, visit the Texas Education Agency’s website at www.tea.texas.gov.

Texas is one of only a handful of states to reject Common Core education standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students in the majority of other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity. Instead, the Texas Legislature requires public schools to use a state standard, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, to establish what children should know and be able to do, and when. Go to http://tea.texas.gov/index2.aspx?id=6148 for more information.

CHARTER SCHOOLS

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. San Antonio’s most recent count shows 73 campuses, and Del Rio has two. Such schools may be for college prep, dropout recovery, pre-K and elementary, RTC and JDC residential, or devoted to a specialized mission such as culture immersion, the arts or science. For more information or a listing of charter schools in Texas, visit the Texas Charter Schools Association website at www.txcharterschools.org and the Texas Education Agency’s website at www.tea.texas.gov/Texas_Schools/Charter_Schools.

HOME SCHOOLING

For an introduction to home schooling in Texas, visit the Texas Education Agency’s website at www.tea.texas.gov/Texas_Schools/General_Information/Finding_a_School_for_your_Child/Home_Schooling. You will find information on home-school rules and regulations, testing information, home-school curriculum providers and more.

The Texas Education Agency does not regulate, monitor, approve or accredit programs available to parents who elect to home school, nor does it regulate home schools, though parents must teach their children good citizenship. Home-schooled students may transfer into the public school system at any time, but most districts will evaluate their mastery of subject matter before placing them in classes. The state does not award diplomas to home-schooled students.

Home School Legal Defense Association

P.O. Box 3000 Purcellville, VA 20134

...........................................................540-338-5600

www.hslda.org 

Since 1983, the nonprofit HSLDA has been defending parents’ constitutional right to direct their children’s education and protecting family freedoms by advocating for home-school-friendly laws, encouraging and supporting home-schoolers and providing free legal advice and representation to more than 84,000 member families.

Texas Home School Coalition

P.O. Box 6747 Lubbock, TX 79493

..........................................................806-744-4441

www.thsc.org 

The Texas Home School Coalition is a faith-based group devoted to defending parental rights and home schooling. Its purpose is to serve the home-school community of Texas and promote greater knowledge, understanding and acceptance of home education.

San Antonio Home Education

www.homeedsa.com 

This comprehensive website on home schooling in the San Antonio area lists 36 home-school support groups and their areas of emphasis, resources such as museums, articles written about home-schooling concerns like portfolios and transcripts, Texas-related aids including parks and public sites, announcements, a calendar and a FAQ section.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

To search for local private schools in Texas, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch. Search by location, religious affiliation, school type and other categories such as enrollment numbers and programs.

Texas Private School Accreditation Commission

3801 N. Capital of Texas Highway, Suite E-240, PMB 173 Austin, TX 78746

...........................................................512-499-8377

www.tepsac.org 

The Texas Private School Accreditation Commission helps ensure quality in private schools by monitoring and approving organizations that accredit the nonpublic elementary and secondary educational institutions in Texas. Search the site to see if the school you’re considering is accredited.

Choosing a School

Choosing the right school is very important, so be sure to research each one before deciding. Contact the school by phone or by visiting its website, which is a valuable source to learn about a school district’s statistics and curriculum. Talk to people in the area, especially friends and colleagues who already live there.

If the school shows promise, schedule a visit and bring a list of written questions about student-teacher ratios, computer availability, extracurricular activities, sports programs, music programs, gifted programs and grading standards.

Discuss the potential school with your child: what they liked and what they didn’t like. Your family’s ability to readily adapt to a move and to find happiness in your new home may depend, in part, on how happy your children are in their new school.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The San Antonio metropolitan area, including Bexar County, has about 450 schools within 17 school districts, each independently administrated and accredited by the Texas Education Agency. Every independent school district has a school board and a superintendent. Funding is by state and federal funds and by local property taxes levied by each school district.

Val Verde County’s two school districts include the San Felipe-Del Rio CISD’s 15 schools (three upper-level, two middle, nine elementary and one juvenile detention center) and the Comstock ISD’s one school 32 miles northwest of Del Rio.

To research schools closest to your neighborhood, go the TEA website at www.tea.texas.gov. It has an A-Z index that will allow parents to check out districts, schools, test scores, rankings, policies and more.

In San Antonio, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, JBSA-Lackland and JBSA-Randolph are each considered independent school districts with their own elementary, middle and high schools sensitive to military children’s needs.

Fort Sam Houston ISD

Fort Sam Houston Elementary School

4351 Nursery Road San Antonio, TX 78234

..........................................................210-368-8800

http://fshelem.fshisd.net 

Robert G. Cole Middle School

4051 Winans Road San Antonio, TX 78234

..........................................................210-368-8729

http://colems.fshisd.net 

Robert G. Cole High School 

4001 Winans Road San Antonio, TX 78234

.........................................................210-368-8730

http://colehs.fshisd.net 

Lackland ISD 

Lackland Elementary School

Building 8265, 2460 Kenly Ave. San Antonio, TX 78236

.........................................................210-357-5053

http://les.lacklandisd.net 

Virginia Allred Stacey Junior-Senior High School

Building 8265, 2460 Kenly Ave. San Antonio, TX 78236

..........................................................210-357-5100

http://stacey.lacklandisd.net 

Randolph Field ISD

www.rfisd.net 

Randolph Elementary School

Building 146, Harmon Drive Universal City, TX 78148

.........................................................210-357-2345

Randolph Middle School

Building 1225, Perimeter Road Universal City, Texas 78148

..........................................................210-357-2430

Randolph High School

P.O. Box 2217 Universal City, TX 78148

..........................................................210-357-2400

Laughlin Schools

Laughlin Air Force Base near Del Rio has no on-base schools, and most of its military children attend classes in the San Felipe-Del Rio Independent School District.

Special Education

Military School Districts’ Cooperative Department of Special Education

3921 Bowley Road San Antonio, TX 78234

.............................................................210-368-8771

http://coop.fshisd.net 

Children with special needs at Joint Base San Antonio are served through the Military School Districts’ Cooperative Department of Special Education.

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