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Application and Selection Timeline


Application Window for PK – 10th Grade: December 1, 2023 -February 15, 2024

First day to submit an application for the 2024-25 school year. Apply online at


Offers are announced Week of March 1, 2024

Applicants will receive notice of their status. All applicants who submitted an application before the close of the application window will be notified by January 27,  2024. There are two offer statuses an applicant may receive: Offer or Waitlist


DEADLINE TO ACCEPT AN OFFER:  Friday, March 22, 2023

Applicants who receive an offer to a Choice School or Program must accept their seat by March 22, 2024. if no action is taken, the seat will be forfeited to an applicant on the waitlist. Applicants on the waitlist should take no action at this time.

A lottery will be conducted for PK4, 6th, and 9th grade.

The names of prospective Kinder, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th grade students may be added to existing waitlists at any time by completing the application online at or by phone at (210) 554-2660 starting November 9.

No. If there are less applications than seats available, no lottery is conducted and all students are accepted.  If there are more applications than available seats, a lottery is conducted, offers are made for the number of seats available and the remaining students are waitlisted.  

The Lottery Process–  This is a blind, computerized process conducted at the district level.  At ALA, we have a lottery for PreK 4 (66 seats), 6th grade (24 seats), and 9th (20 seats). Below is the distribution of the seats for each lottery.

  1. Priority Area (25%)- within 2 miles of ALA Fox Tech campus.  If a student is not accepted through this lottery, his/her name is automatically included in the appropriate In-District lottery below.
  2. In District/ Economically Disadvantaged (25%)
  3. In District/ Non Economically Disadvantaged (25%)
  4. Out of District (25%)

Siblings have priority in grades that have a lottery.  At ALA, lottery grades are PK4, 6th, and 9th grade.  The number of seats for siblings cannot exceed 25% of the available seats.  Out of our available 120 PreK,  6th, and 9th grade seats, siblings could take 30.  Siblings not admitted through the sibling lottery are placed in the general lottery.

If you would like to be considered for sibling priority, an application must be completed online, the currently enrolled sibling information must be stated on the application and continue enrollment at ALA for the  2021-2022  school year.

Siblings only have priority during lottery years.  The names of siblings who apply to any other grade level will be added to the waitlist.

If your son or daughter does not get accepted through the lottery process, they are placed on a waitlist.  That waitlist carries over until they receive an offer or the waitlist reaches a lottery grade, which would be 6th and 9th grades.  Students on the waitlist will automatically be placed in the 6th and 9th grade lottery.  A new application DOES NOT need to be submitted.  A new lottery will be run and a new waitlist will be generated for these grades.

CAST Lead is the first school in San Antonio, and possibly the state, that offers a pathway in E-Commerce. The field of ecommerce is expected to grow at a rapid rate of 17% per year and offers challenging careers with high paying salaries.

CAST Lead offers internship and mentoring opportunities with industry partners who take an active role in working with students. Some of the partnerships available to CAST Lead students are H-E-BWhataburgerVisit San AntonioGrupo La GloriaCE GroupCulinary Institute of AmericaCourtyard by Marriott, and Phillips Entertainment, among others.

Ecommerce, also known as “electronic or internet commerce” is simply the activity of buying or selling products or services on the internet.

Not to worry! CAST Lead also offers pathways in Retail Management, and Hospitality and Tourism. Additionally, through the interactive learning process, you may discover a career you have never heard of, get relevant and timely exposure to the career by employees in the field, and through this process, discover your passion.

  • Have you ever wondered about the ins and outs of Amazon, EBay, or Groupon?
  • Are you interested in running a hotel, organizing the Spurs Championship parade, or putting on the Rodeo?
  • Have you ever thought to yourself, how does H-E-B run its stores, or pick the products for the shelves?


If the answer is yes, you are in luck! These are just a few of the many career paths and questions that CAST Lead prepares you for.

Absolutely! CAST Lead works with higher education partners to maximize the number of college credits that students can earn while in high school and use towards a college degree. Dual Credit and Advanced Placement options are offered.

If you are interested in a flexible school schedule where you get to work collaboratively with your classmates on projects, have your voice heard, use technology, be challenged daily, and connect your learning to real-world issues, CAST Lead is right for you!

No, all you have to do is apply! CAST Lead is a tuition-free, public school open to all Bexar County students and will accept 150 students through a lottery process.

Definitely. CAST Lead is an East Central ISD school. Sports and extracurriculars can be pursued at East Central High School conveniently located across the street from CAST Lead.