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The Henry Ford Academy Alameda School for Art + Design is San Antonio’s only college preparatory art and design high school. It is a tuition-free charter school that focuses on art and design as essential components of a world class education. HFA Alameda School began accepting young art and design students in 2009, and in 2013 the campus moved its academic facility to the Casa de Mexico, adjacent to the historic Alameda Theater, where they continue to grow and educate their student population today. Through generous grants from the Ford Motor Company Fund, and other local benefactors, the campus has completed several major capital improvements and is poised to become one of the premiere art high schools in Texas.
HFA Alameda School operates in partnership with San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) and was recognized for excellence as an Exemplar in 2019 by The Partnership for 21st Century Learning. The award cited “outstanding practices in equipping learners with the necessary skills and knowledge for success in college, career and life.”
This extraordinary high school is currently taking applications for the 2021-2022 school year and interested students and families are encouraged to download the application on the school’s website. Applicants must be a resident of Bexar County living within the designated area, and eligible to enter 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade for the upcoming school year. All students interested in a career in design, or the arts are welcome to apply, and it is the school’s diverse student population that makes it so special and unique. Students come from many different areas of San Antonio and different cultural backgrounds, and admission is not based on a submitted portfolio. In fact, the school offers free VIA bus passes to those students who live out of the area to accommodate families who want to take advantage of such an innovative education for their students, but might not have the ability or resources to drive them downtown every day.
Jessica Sanchez is the Principal for HFA Alameda School, and she is proud of the school’s mission to connect the students and the campus to the community around it. She is a staunch supporter of the diversity of her students and strives to amplify student voices and talents to create a positive social impact. She states that, “The cornerstone for HFA Alameda School is that we accept students regardless of where they are or who they want to be, and this creates a community of acceptance among the student population. We encourage students to ‘Find Your Medium’.”
This unique educational institution caters to each individual student’s talents, and all of the teachers at HFA Alameda School are also working artists themselves. This not only encourages students to explore their artistic sides, but it also gives them positive role models and real-life examples of what a career in art and design could look like for them. The school boasts an impressive 98% college acceptance rate, and students routinely score above average on the STAAR test and other mandatory standardized tests.
Sanchez further states that, “Our goal at HFA Alameda School is to provide creative students with an empowering education that not only develops a student’s academic knowledge and skills, but also their potential to become critical thinkers and innovative problem solvers.”
HFA Alameda School is the only art and design high school of its kind in San Antonio and invites interested families to learn more about their program, the curriculum and student life. Administrators are available to answer questions about the school this summer and are eager to receive applications from diverse and creative students who want to pursue an education in art and design, while exploring who they are in a safe and inclusive atmosphere where everyone is encouraged to express themselves freely.
Applications and important information about HFA Alameda School can be found online at www.thealamedaschool.org, or you can reach and administrator directly by calling the school at (210) 226-4031 and sending an online message from the website.
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