SAISD students are on course

Providing opportunities to choose their future

Every student has a journey, and SAISD is supporting that path wherever it may lead for each of its students. Not having a say in your education is a thing of the past. With a growing list of forward-thinking academic programs at neighborhood schools, as well as specialized choice schools, SAISD students can customize their own educational experience and find what truly drives them. With a determination to innovate and prepare students for higher education, SAISD encourages students to choose their course to success.







Setting the course for college

Ready For The Next Big Step

SAISD has made tremendous strides in preparing its students for college. For the Class of 2018, 84 percent of students graduated on time and, of the college-goers, more than half enrolled in a four-year university. SAISD more than doubled the percent of students scoring college-ready on the SAT or ACT. Educators take the opportunity to get students on an advanced track whenever possible, like encouraging them to take Algebra by 8th grade — a major marker in college readiness.

National programs like QuestBridge also support SAISD students on their journey to college. In 2018-2019, the district has three students who were chosen for the prestigious scholarship program, for which only 3 percent of high school seniors nationwide are considered.

The District has an unrelenting determination to improve its students’ lives by preparing them for wherever their educational journey takes them. With commitment, passion, and respect, SAISD stays student-centered and maintains high expectations every day.


of Class of 2018 took the SAT


of Class of 2018 graduated on time


Early College High Schools

Accomplished educators keep students on course

Teachers are the backbone of a successful district. SAISD launched the Master Teacher initiative, investing in high achieving teachers to provide additional quality instructional time for at-risk students. With 600 Master Teachers expected for the 2019-20 school year, the District is on track to meet the goal of 1,000 Master Teachers. Two hundred Instructional Coaches Districtwide provide critical support.

The caliber of instruction has proven itself in state and nationwide rankings. In 2018, 34 schools earned at least one Distinction from the Texas Education Agency, and four schools earned a spot on the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best High Schools in the U.S.


Master Teachers
(on track for 1,000)


National Blue Ribbon schools

Choose your course

Starting off on the right foot

SAISD begins preparing its students for success in education from the very first moment they ever step foot on a school campus, beginning with early childhood education.

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, SAISD has begun a partnership with UT-Austin researchers to redesign early childhood education in the District. The collaboration focuses on child-centered learning that allows students to become intellectual explorers, critical thinkers, and problem solvers. The new curriculum will phase in until it is offered at all the District’s Early Childhood Education Centers and the elementary schools/academies that offer Pre-K.

From the get go, parents of young learners have options for their children, including dual language programming, which not only opens up opportunities for students in a global society, but also enriches their growing minds from day one.


SAISD schools offer early childhood education


Schools With Dual Language Programs, From Primary Grades Through High School

The choices are yours

SAISD knows that education is not one-size-fits-all. The District offers opportunities for students to pursue numerous special interests and career goals.

By offering magnet programs at neighborhood high schools as well as Advanced Placement courses, expanding dual credit opportunities and providing the International Baccalaureate (IB) framework at nine campuses at the elementary, middle, and high school levels (the only district in the city to do so), SAISD is teaching its students to be curious about the world around them.

Additionally, SAISD offers choice schools such as the single-gender Young Men’s and Young Women’s Leadership Academies, STEM-focused curriculum and project-based learning at CAST Med* and CAST Tech High Schools as well as the Pathways in Technology Early College High School* specializing in cybersecurity.

*Opens August 2019


choice schools and programs


single-gender public schools


schools with International Baccalaureate framework
(4 IB World Schools, 5 IB Candidate Schools)

Innovation is in our culture

Bridging the Digital Divide

Always searching for ways to ensure its students have the tools they need to be successful, SAISD applied and received the Verizon Innovative Learning Grant, which benefits more than 3,000 students and nearly 200 teachers across four SAISD middle schools. Further connecting students to technology where they need it most, all SAISD school buses are now equipped with Wi-Fi, providing riders access to the Bibliotech audiobook library.

A $7 million grant and state funding will fill the need for new broadband high-speed fiber network for all SAISD schools and offices. This addition will keep students up-to-date with the latest technology by providing lightning-fast internet. Further improving infrastructure, the 2016 Bond will fast-track 13 schools into the future with extensive renovations, creating 21st-century learning environments.


Verizon 1-to-1 schools

$7 million

grant will provide high-speed fiber network Districtwide

Well-rounded SAISD students

SAISD knows that success is so much more than just traditional academics. With fine arts expanded to 35 more schools, every single K-5th grade student in the District has art class. Outside of the classroom, expanded sports programs give students the opportunity to learn healthy habits and to balance school work with extracurricular activities. Our SAISD music students are making waves in the region. For the first time in 30 years, five out of seven high school marching band programs received a superior rating at their UIL contest.

Our students show their excellence inside and outside the classroom. Here are some of the activities in which SAISD students can participate*:

  • Academic Decathlon
  • UIL
  • Robotics Club
  • Gamma Sigma Girls
  • Mini G.E.M.S.
  • Chess Club
  • Reading Club
  • Art Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Photography Club
  • Athletics and Academy Sports
  • Spirit Groups
  • Mariachi
  • Band
  • Theatre and One Act Play
  • Folklorico Dance
  • Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Gardening
  • Environmental Science Club
  • PALs

*Offerings vary by school

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