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The Centers for Applied Science & Technology (CAST) is a San Antonio-based network of schools focused on experiential learning. Our mission is to reinvent schooling in order to maximize options for students while preparing them for college, career and life.
Our small class sizes allow students to customize their education so that every student is continuously challenged to creatively find their purpose, advance their knowledge and reach their goals.
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.
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.
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.
Principal Kathy Bieser
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: Dr. Wendy Fuller
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. Eddie Muzquiz Rodriguez
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: Ravae Villafranca Shaeffer
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: Dr. Melissa Alcala
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.