The CAST Story

The 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. 

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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. 

Created in Partnership with San Antonio ISD

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Coding, cyber security, user experience, gaming and entrepreneurship are just some of the career pathways at CAST Tech. Located downtown, students are immersed in San Antonio’s tech district with a direct link to industry partners that include H-E-B, Jungle Disk, Rackspace, Frost, and USAA.

Principal: Dr. Melissa Alcala

Created in partnership with San Antonio ISD

Explore careers in engineering, advanced manufacturing, energy & power, and global logistics at CAST STEM. Near San Antonio’s Toyota plan, students undertake hands-on projects informed by industry partners such as CPS Energy, Toyota, Zachry, H-E-B and HOLT CAT. 

Principal: Ravae Villafranca Shaeffer

Created in partnership with Southwest ISD.

Prepare for meaningful careers in medicine, public health and biomedical research at CAST Med to add to the pipeline of much-needed doctors, medical practitioners and researchers in the San Antonio area. CAST Med offers a dual language track, project based learning and a partnership with UT Health San Antonio and UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine, individual doctors, and medical groups. CAST Med is located at Brooks on San Antonio’s South Side.

Principal: Dr. Eddie Muzquiz Rodriguez

Created in Partnership with San Antonio ISD.

Explore the world of retail, hospitality and tourism, and ecommerce. CAST Lead students will have the opportunity to redesign what the future of these industries look like, working with higher education and industry partners including Whataburger, Visit San Antonio, CE Group and more, ultimately reinventing an industry of the future.

Principal: Dr. Wendy Fuller

Created in Partnership with East Central ISD


CAST Teach High School is San Antonio’s first school dedicated to careers in education. Created in partnership with Northside ISD, the CAST Schools Network, and the University of Texas at San Antonio’s College of Education and Human Development, the school will rally multiple industries to create future educators that will transform our community. The school will work alongside students and families to identify and nurture their passions, while providing them with key skills relevant to careers in education, such as teaching, counseling, library studies, and coaching.

Opening in August of 2022, the CAST Teach High School will not only ensure students have a strong foundation in educational practices, but it will also provide experiences in schools – side by side with mentor educators, coaches, counselors, and librarians.

Principal: Ericka Olivarez

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CAST Schools were co-created as a San Antonio regional partnership between public independent school districts, higher education institutions, and local employers as a new model of teaching and learning.  Today, CAST Schools serve over 2,000 students within its five schools. 


Our Academic Model

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. 

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Industry and other community leaders are equal stakeholders in school design and governance; they collaborate and work alongside students and co-create everything from projects to school curriculum and schedule.


As a community, we help all students reach their full potential. Our schools are intentionally diverse and integrated, and our enrollment practices create schools that reflect the communities we serve. We use data to drive continuous improvement and to ensure that every child’s needs are seen and met.

Youth Voice and Agency

Students act as co-creators and co-problem solvers at the school and beyond, offering ideas, posing new questions and authentically engaging in their education. Student-led learning promotes effective collaboration, development of leadership skills and the development of self-management, goal setting, self-advocacy, and student agency.

Authentic Learning

Student learning is connected to real-world needs outside the school walls; students travel to the workplace and design relevant projects for real audiences, with competitions, presentations, and other authentic exhibitions of learning.

Congratulations to Class of 2021!

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