CAST Schools Network is a San Antonio-based, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit network of career-themed public high schools and one PK- 12 Academy. Our mission is to reinvent schooling in order to maximize options for students while preparing them for college, career, and life.
The Advanced Learning Academy is a pre-k through 12th grade school built around four commitments in service of its bold vision for a transformative educational model: Deep Learning, Individuality, Flexible Design and Connection. ALA seeks to nurture students who will become global problem-solvers, tackling the world’s most pressing issues through project-based learning.
Principal: Kathy Bieser
Created in partnership with San Antonio ISD
CAST Schools were co-created as a San Antonio regional partnership between independent school districts, higher education institutions, and local employers as a new model of teaching and learning. Today, CAST Schools serve nearly 1,900 students within its five schools.
Students select a CAST school based on their interests, set personal goals, and design their school experience with the support of their teachers, industry, and other nonprofit partners. Students tackle real-world projects designed by local employers and civic leaders and work in teams alongside mentors from the field. The academic model began with CAST Tech High School in 2017. Today, CAST Schools offers one model tailored for five different schools to educate youth in San Antonio.